The Miami Rowing and Watersports Center (AKA Miami Rowing Club, MRC) was founded in 1973 by a group of veteran Cuban exiles that had competed for the old country's clubs and shared a passion for the sport.
The effort quickly enlisted veteran rowers from US colleges as well as several local novice rowers. The original location south of the airport was moved to the Marine Stadium at the City of Miami's request in 1979 and the boathouse built in 1983.
The Miami Rowing Club is a reflection of our South Florida community. Rowers of all ages, skills and ambitions meet at the boathouse and on the water to enjoy a sport that is meant for our tropical climate. Just like Miami, we come from all over, speak many languages and represent the many aspects of rowing from beginner to hard-training competitors. We start young in the Youth Program and continue on into our seventies. Rowing in Miami - it's what we love!
Tradition of Excellence
Throughout the 1980s, the Miami Rowing Club's Masters and Youth rowing programs had made a name for themselves nationally and internationally.
The Masters rowing program began winning gold medals at the World, and US Masters on a regular basis. This set the stage for the Board of Directors of MRC to lure the US Masters Nationals and FISA World Masters Championships to Miami in 1990 and 1991, respectively.
The FISA World Masters Championships are the pinnacle achievement of the Masters rowing community. Thousands of competitors from around the world attended what was hailed by the rowing community as the most successful FISA Masters World Championships to date.
The Youth Rowing Program won many State and National championships throughout the 1980s. Through the diligence and hard work of the MRC Board of Directors, MRC hosted the 1984 US Rowing Junior National Championships at the Miami Marine Stadium. The hard work paid off, as MRC's youth program continued to grow and succeed.
In 1995, the MRC Boys’ Varsity eight-man shell, the sport's premier event, won the US Rowing Junior National Championship and in 2012 MRC won silver in the 2x, 4+ and 8 at the US Club National Championships.
In 2013 won US Club National Championship in 4+ and Junior 8+, also silver medal in Boys 8+ Senior LTW, and second 4+
In 2014 won US Club National Championship in Boys 2- and silver medal in Boys 2x.
In 2015 we had 4 boats on Youth National 4+LTW Girls got Bronze Medal, 2-Boys got 6th place on Final A, also the Men's Youth 4+ and the Men's Youth 4x were in Final B.
The Men's Junior B got 4th place in Club National 2015
MRC won by team Sarasota Invitational 2015
Several medals on the State Championship (Sweep and Sculling)
Regional 2015 was a success with more than 12 medals
Head of the Giblet 2015 we won Novice 4+ and 8+ with the Boys and Girls
And we closed the fall season 2015 with the 1st place in Head of the Hooch by Youth Team.
Regionals 2016 new success with several medals
Youth National, Bronze Girls LTW 4+, Final B Men's Varsity 2x and Women's LTW 2x
Club National 2016, Bronze Women open LTW 4x, Bronze Men's Open LTW 8+
Head of the Giblet 2016, several Gold Medals with the Novices Team
American Cup I, 2017, several medals in Varsity Squad
Sarasota Invitational 2017, several medals and won for third consecutive year the Trophie by points
MRC Youth Rowing program alumni have gone on to represent the United States as part of the National team, bringing home Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals from Word Championship competition.
Today, the MRC Youth Program has nearly 180 High School and Middle School rowers participating in one of the most successful Youth Rowing Programs in the country, as the program continues to excel in both state and National competitions.
MRC also hosts dragon boat, outrigger canoe and racing sailing boat crews and is developing a paddling section to house kayaks and paddle boards.