U.S. Rowing Masters National Rowing Championships return to Oak Ridge

The Oak Ridge Rowing Association (ORRA) will host the U.S. Rowing Masters National Rowing Championships on the Melton Lake rowing course from Aug. 12 to Aug. 15, 2021.

The event draws competitors aged 21 and up from all over the United States for what will be, for many, their first big regatta in two years. The event was last hosted by ORRA in 2017.

Racing will run each day from approximately 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Set up for the event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 7. Teams will begin to arrive Tuesday, Aug. 10 and practice Wednesday, Aug. 11 for the 4-day regatta.

Heavy traffic is expected around Melton Lake Park and along Melton Lake Drive. Expect cars to be parked along Melton Lake Drive. Melton Lake Park will be closed to non-race parking. The boat ramp at Melton Lake Park and the ramp just upstream of the park will be closed for this Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) permitted event.

Melton Lake Greenway will remain open to the public; please be aware of congestion and use caution along the rowing course, especially at Melton Lake Park.

Melton Lake will be a strict No Wake Zone, patrolled by TWRA and regatta officials, from the area upstream of Calhoun’s restaurant and downstream to the UT Battelle Rowing Finish Tower. Boaters are asked to allow extra time and use caution if they plan to traverse the racecourse and to do so at idle speed.

In 2017, there were almost 1,500 crews racing from 125 clubs in 29 states and foreign entries from Canada, Germany, and Mexico. While COVID lead to the cancellation of the 2020 spring and summer races (including the 2020 and 2021 spring training teams), events have opened up this year and we expect close to the same numbers again this year.

ORRA has hosted many of our long-time regattas this season including the Cardinal Invitational, Dogwood Juniors and Masters, US Rowing SE Regional Championships, The American Athletics Conference Championships (AAC), and the Oak Ridge Invitational Regatta.

For more information or questions, visit www.ORRA.org or contact the Oak Ridge Rowing Association Regatta Director Matt Kaminski at [email protected].

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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