About The Farmington Valley Rowing Association

The Farmington Valley Rowing Association Inc. (FVRA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) member and volunteer supported organization that provides a comprehensive community-rowing program designed for a diverse population. FVRA’s Board of Directors (BOD) is responsible for the overall management of program offerings, club finances, and daily operations.

A member of the USRowing, FVRA was founded in 1982, in part, by parents of children who were on the Simsbury High School crew team. FVRA was formally incorporated in 1989 to promote the sport of rowing in the Farmington Valley area through recreational, competitive, and educational programs. FVRA rows on the Farmington River in Windsor, CT.

FVRA is proud to offer a sport for both experienced rowers and those new to the sport. The club provides learn-to-row opportunities as well as sculling and sweep programs for novice, intermediate, and recreational rowers. For competitive rowers, the women’s and men’s racing teams offer an advanced program with opportunities to compete in sprint and distance race events during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

2021 – 2022 Officers and Board Members

Katie Ouellette, President
Ryan McMahon, Secretary
Lara Perry, Treasurer
Simon DeSantis, Board Member
René Twarkins, Board Member

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I learn to row?

    The best way to learn to row is to sign up for one of our learn to row sessions. These can either be on the water through out the summer in sweep or sculling boats or during the winter, indoors, using a rowing tank. Check out or clinics page for more information.

  • My child would like to get into rowing - what programming do you offer?

    FVRA is primarily a masters rowing club. That means our club members range anywhere from post-college to 70+ years old. While we do allow younger rowers (12-18) to participate in our learn to row programs, if your child is looking to race and compete and does not have a team available through their school we suggest Riverfront Recapture Youth Rowing. They offer training and racing for youth rowers both new and experienced. You can learn more at their website,

  • Am I too old to learn to row?

    No! You can learn to row at any age and can take it as far as you are interested. As long as you are in good physical health and able to swim there is nothing stopping you from learning to row or even race. Come check us out and see what rowing is all about :)

  • Do you offer a college membership?

    Currently we offer a 1 month and 3 month memberships which allows students who are home for the summer to participate and stay in shape to whatever degree they would like from June - August. While you are welcome to practice with the racing team due to age restrictions on some of the races as well as some NCAA regulations you may not always be able to participate. Please email us at if you are interested in joining for the summer.

  • Do I need to be a member of FVRA to participate in programming?

    No, you do not need to be a member of FVRA to participate in the programming we offer throughout the year. FVRA membership is required if you are interested in recreational rowing outside of the classes provided using FVRA equipment or your own, or if you would like to race as part of the racing teams.

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