Why are we here?
Cape and Islands Rowing Association (CIRA) was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the purpose of providing a central resource for the multiple rowing organizations on Cape Cod and the Islands. CIRA’s goal is to foster the growth of rowing, from Learn-To-Row and recreational rowing to competitive youth and masters programs.
CIRA acts as an "umbrella" organization for the five clubs on the Cape, significantly reducing annual liability insurance costs through USA Rowing.
- To promote and expand rowing opportunities for youth and adults on Cape Cod and the Islands through recreational and competitive rowing programs in multiple locations
- To grow the rowing community by encouraging collaboration among existing and future clubs
- To oversee a centralized facility that will support the needs of these programs.
CIRA has already created significant value by acting as an umbrella organization which reduced the insurance costs for the participating clubs. Our next steps involve securing bookkeeping/IRS filing services at a group rate. A long range goal is to provide a centrally located boathouse facility that could benefit all existing clubs and support expanded community programs. A possible centralized winter storage facility is another target, as most clubs' shells are stored outside in the off season, which causes deterioration and damage in the harsh Cape Cod winter weather.