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!

Mission

… 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 novice and experienced 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 Indianola Rowing Association men’s novice crew, competing in its first race at the Greenlake Frostbite Regatta in Seattle, successfully out-rowed 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.

Since those early days, KRA has acquired 3 fours and 2 eights to round out our fleet.  We’ve also claimed new territory in the form of a floating launch dock in the Poulsbo Marina, as well as an erg room to let us keep training hard all winter long.

Crew is 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. As such, Masters rowers in the Northwest 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 match-ups at the 1,000-meter Greenlake course in Seattle.

 

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