CIRA is governed by an appointed Board of Directors. The organization has no membership. Individual rowing organizations are encouraged to assign a representative/liaison who may also attend CIRA board meetings. Board members are appointed for one year terms, and may be re-appointed.

Board Of Directors

Lois Fournier


     Lois became involved in rowing on the Cape in 1988, first as a parent, then as a novice with Barnstable Rowing Club.  In 1990 she co-founded Cotuit Rowing Club.  In 2000 she joined Cape Cod Rowing where she served on the board and competed in regional races including Head of the Charles, and at FISA Masters in New Jersey and Canada.  It has been her goal for many years to have the rowing clubs on the Cape collaborate to enhance the sport for all.

Barbara Howard


     Coach Howard's rowing career began at the start of the second year of Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) in 1986. Her involvement with CRI included serving on the board of Directors, volunteer coaching, helping to implement rowing for disabled children and, most fun of all, competing with the competitive women's program. As a member of both CRI and Cambridge Boat Club she has won an array of medals in masters races on the national and international stage. Coach Howard is a certified indoor rowing instructor and is currently teaching classes at Chatham Health and Fitness Club.

John Messenger


     John rowed in high school and college many, many years ago.  He recently has served as a volunteer coach for Nauset Tech Crew.  He is married with one (non-rower) daughter, a rower son-in-law, and three future rower grandsons. His vision is of a very robust rowing community on the Cape.

Carol Lyall

     Carol has been a rower for 26 years. She is a founding member of the Cotuit Rowing Club (est. 1990). She raced competitively in the 90's in New England and the HOCR. More recently, she has raced her 1x in New England and three times in the HOCR. She has rowed on open water rowing tours in fifteen countries all over the world and has taken her Alden 1x down the Connecticut River and up the coast of Maine.

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     Bio coming soon.



Bio coming soon.


Cape Cod Rowing       SHARON ROONEY 

     Sharon has been a member of Cape Cod Rowing, Inc. since 2007.  She has competed in several regattas at the national and regional level, including Masters Nationals, New Hampshire Championships, and the Head of the Charles.  She has served as masters racing coordinator for the past 3 years.  An avid sports enthusiast, Sharon enjoys running, skiing, swimming and bicycling.  Sharon is married with two children who have competed in rowing in both high school and college.

Cape Cod Youth Rowing       Marc Launoy

Orleans Sweeps and Sculls          Joan McCabe