WYRA began as part of the Wilmington Rowing Club in 1989. It incorporated as the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association in 1994. WYRA (pronounced Y-RA) is a not for profit organization that offers a variety of recreational and competitive rowing programs to youngsters from Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania . The 17,000 sq. ft. boathouse is also home to the University of Delaware crew. The WYRA boathouse is located a block and a half from the Wilmington Train Station.
WYRA uses the sport of rowing as a vehicle to raise self esteem and teach responsibility, self-discipline, sportsmanship, pursuit of excellence and teamwork. Rowing is the ultimate team sport. No one is a bench warmer. Everyone rows and everyone races. WYRA crews compete in fall “head” races, long 2.5-3.5 races against the clock, winter indoor ergometer races, and traditional sprint, 1500m-2000m races in the spring. WYRA crew teams have competed in races all over the United States including Boston MA , Cape Cod MA, Princeton NJ, Pittsburg PA , Lake Lanier GA, Connecticut, Cincinnati OH and across the Atlantic in England.