Oak Ridge Rowing Association
Image courtesy Jim Dodson, Oak Ridge TN

Image courtesy Jim Dodson, Oak Ridge TN

Oak Ridge Rowing Association was founded in 1978 with a mission to promote the sport of rowing in Oak Ridge and East Tennessee.   Now in its 41st year of service, ORRA is home to the Atomic Juniors and Masters Rowing Teams. Our home water, on the calm and protected waters of Melton Lake, provides the perfect venue for Championship Rowing Regattas and an enviable location for Spring Training.

Image courtesy Michal Boubin

Image courtesy Michal Boubin

Atomic Fall Registration Opens

(Updated) July 29, 2019. Registration for the Fall season is available for all Juniors, Masters, and Learn to Row athletes.

Novice Juniors will have scheduled practice Monday through Friday from 4:15pm until 6:15pm. Varsity Juniors will have scheduled practice Monday through Friday from 4:15pm until 6:15pm, with an additional session on Saturday morning from 8:00am to 10:00am. Practices for all returning athletes begins August 19. New rowers will join everyone August 26.

Atomic Masters may choose from two different coached program options: Two-day per week participants will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 6:15pm until 8:15pm. The Monday-Wednesday session is targeted to rowers that are more recreationally focused, where the emphasis is on becoming a better rower in a low-key coached environment. Three-day per week participants will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15pm until 8L:15pm, with an additional session on Saturday morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The three-day training program is targeted to more competitive athletes, including those that want to compete in sprint and head race formats. All coached Masters programming begins September 2 (Recreational) or September 3 (Competitive) to coincide with the end of the 2019 LTR sessions.

Learn to Row sessions for adults continue through August. LTR+ (August) will include a carefully supervised transition to sculling in smaller boats. All LTR and LTR+ athletes may transition to either of the Masters coached sessions beginning September 2, 2019.

Image courtesy Sarah Eadon

Image courtesy Sarah Eadon

Atomic Head Race Season Announced

July 15, 2019. The initial racing schedule for both the Atomic Juniors and Masters programs has been set. Coach Davis will provide updates to this schedule as necessary.

Oct 12, 2019 - 4th Annual Music City Head Race (Nashville, TN). This is a one-day head race on the Cumberland River for both Juniors and Masters athletes. Because of proximity, no overnight or formal busing arrangements are anticipated. https://musiccityheadrace.com.

Oct 19, 2019 - Secret City Head Race (Oak Ridge) A one-day head race on our own Melton Hill Lake for both Juniors and Masters athletes. As a local event, no overnight or formal busing arrangements are necessary.

Oct 19-20, 2019 - 55th Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston, MA) Selective head race on the Charles River in the heart of Boston. https://www.hocr.org

Nov 2-3 Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga) (selective, Juniors + Masters). The Hooch is a two-day event in downtown Chattanooga on the Tennessee River. This large event has both guaranteed and lottery entries. Atomic will participate selectively across both Junior and Masters programs. Atomic Juniors will have a room block. Transportation will be the responsibility of the individual athlete. https://headofthehooch.org

Nov 9 Head of the South (Augusta) The Head of the South will close the head race season, on the Savannah River in Augusta Georgia. Both Juniors and Masters will participate. ORRA will provide busing for the Juniors and arrange a hotel room block.k Masters may make their own travel arrangements. https://www.augustarowingclub.org/regattas

Nov 12 - Fall season ends.