About

“No Experience Necessary” – Bill Richards

The Kitsap Rowing Association is a competitive and recreational rowing club for masters (21 years and older), based in Poulsbo, Washington on beautiful Liberty Bay. KRA has both women’s & men’s crews, with practices for various crews on weekday mornings, early evenings, and weekends. Members range from experienced rowers to novices. We also offer Learn To Row classes.

An active board and members, with a volunteer coaching staff, all work to keep rowing an affordable & fun experience.

No matter what your rowing experience or interest, we have a place for you!

KRA is a 501(c)3, Washington State non-profit corporation.

Mission

Our mission is to support rowing in the greater Kitsap area by providing access to equipment, together with coaching, and to sponsor both recreational and competitive rowing programs.KRA benefits the community by:

  • Offering a healthy, community based athletic program open to both experienced and novice adult rowers.
  • Raising Kitsap’s public profile as an active and supportive place to live and play.
  • Providing an exercise program that brings together community members of different ages and fitness levels with the common goals of camaraderie and athletic competition.

History

Originally founded as the Indianola Rowing Association in 2012, the club rowed on Miller Bay and then Gamble Bay, before moving to Liberty Bay in 2013 and changing the club name to Kitsap Rowing Association.

The club began with a donated 35-year-old crew shell and four well-used oars, thanks to Bainbridge Island Rowing. Quickly attracting a devoted membership, most of whom were new to the sport, both men’s and women’s masters boats began rowing on Miller Bay, launching from a vacant lot (with the owner’s permission). At the club’s first regatta the IRA men’s novice crew, competing in its first race at the Greenlake Frostbite Regatta in Seattle, successfully outrowed nearly two dozen crews from larger clubs and colleges around the Northwest. Since that first inspiring regatta, the club’s crews have competed in various other regional regattas, frequently bringing home ribbons & medals.

The KRA has since acquired three additional used four-oared crew shells and one eight-oared shell, as well as the other equipment required to be competitive.

Crew is traditionally a major sport in the Northwest with the UW Husky and Western Washington college crews annually placing at the top of U.S. collegiate rankings. Older area rowers-masters–compete in one of the most competitive crew environments in the U.S., with dozens of northwest regattas held through the spring, summer and fall, including three yearly matchups at the 1,000-meter Greenlake course in Seattle.

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