Manchester Rowing Alliance

Merrimack River Boathouse Project
Hooksett, NH
Capital Fund Raising Campaign - 2021

Since the fall of 2014 MRA has had the goal of finding a site on the Merrimack River for a boathouse that would be our permanent home.


The search is over! 

We now have 30 beautiful acres of land in Hooksett under contract to purchase.


To date we have commitments totaling over $180,000, but still need to raise  $160,000 by December 31st for the acquisition.

Please click on the following link to view a short presentation on YouTube:


Feel free to contact us for more information or to pass along possible sponsors:

Nick Brunet, President MRA Board of Directors        603/496-2333

Brenda Balenger, Head Coach                                  603/481-2166

Tami Baker, MRA Board Member                              603/361-3638


Manchester Rowing Alliance at a Glance

The mission of Manchester Rowing Alliance is to provide opportunities to participate in the sport of rowing for the residents of the greater Manchester, NH area.  Since 2014 we have been managing a competitive team for high school aged athletes.  



We offer school-year rowing teams for high school-aged students.  We also offer Learn to Row programs for all ages during the summer.  For all of our programs, no rowing experience is necessary.  Our high school rowing team competes with other high school teams all over New England.

High school rowers must submit their names via the button below, and complete the following forms:

1. Health Form

2. US Rowing and Manchester Water Works waivers

3. Swim Test

US Rowing Membership: 

Required for Fall and Spring Teams

US Rowing Membership is required prior to the start of the fall and spring competitive seasons. Returning rowers only need to renew their membership on their membership anniversary: in other words, if you became a US Rowing member in August, you will only need to renew in August of the following year.  The Basic Membership at $9.75 is adequate, but if you'd like to support the US Rowing team for an additional fee, you can join as a Champion Member for $45.00.  All rowers competing at a National or International level must be Champion Members.
US Rowing Waivers are based on the calendar year, and will need to be signed again online for all rowers prior to the start of the season.
Rowers will not be able to practice without a US Rowing Membership number and signed online waiver.



MRA Handbook

COVID-19 Policy

Swim Test Form

New rowers only.  Swim test can be done at any pool by a certified lifeguard.

Application for Returning Rowers

Waivers for 2021

Health Form

A current (within 12 months) physical form must be submitted to the coach at the start of the season.  You may use the form from your doctor, or the one provided here.

Uniforms available through Sew Sporty:  

Rowing Changes Lives

Row with us.  Row for fun.  Row for fitness.  Row for life.


Our Philosophy

Rowing can be a lifelong athletic pursuit that provides individuals with a wide range of opportunities for personal development.  We strive to cultivate this rowing ethic in our programming. The opportunities include:

  • Physical fitness – Low impact, full-body aerobic and strength conditioning for a life time.

  • Social, intellectual and leadership development in a supportive and healthy environment.

  • Cooperation and teamwork in an optionally competitive environment.

  • Personal discipline, goal setting and self-awareness.

  • Immersion into and appreciation for the natural environment.

Our goal is to use rowing to help young people and adults develop positive life skills for happy and productive futures. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Manchester Rowing Alliance (MRA) is to provide youth and adults the opportunity to explore and refine the art and sport of rowing.

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Future Plans

Our goal is to establish a community boathouse on the Merrimack River to serve the greater Manchester community.  Our vision is a non-motorized water sports facility that will bring people to appreciate the river for its beauty, ecology, and recreational potential.


Get Involved

Your support is important to our work at Manchester Rowing Alliance. There are many ways you can contribute, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way toward helping us fulfill our mission. Learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good.

Make a Donation

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Make A True Change

Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Manchester Rowing Alliance a better non-profit organization. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.

Partner with Us


Help Us Soar

This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Manchester Rowing Alliance. Get in touch with any questions about how you can partner with us today.

Volunteer Your Time

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Show Your Support

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Volunteer your time and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.


Contact Manchester Rowing Alliance

Brenda Balenger, Coach

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(603) 481-2166

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