QC Rowing: A Rich History
In 1874, a group of men in Moline formed a rowing club, naming it the “Sylvan Boat Club.” Then, in 1884, as a result of their success in Midwest regattas, a group of investors formed “The Moline Regatta Association” for the purpose of holding annual regattas. Investors included S.H. Velie, C.H. Deere and John Deere. Their regattas attracted over 5,000 spectators and crews from all over the Midwest.
The spirit of this sport continued to live through the Quad City Rowing Association. In 2010, QCRA merged with the Two Rivers YMCA. The spirit and the sport has continued to grow even stronger.
Junior and Master rowers compete nationally each year and have placed Junior rowers in international events. Row the Miss Regatta is held in the fall of each year and has drawn teams from around the Midwest. Recently an adaptive rowing program has been added that features individuals with disabilities who learn to row. They also have competed in national events.