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 Boy’s 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. Several 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 140 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 saling boat crews and is developing a paddling section to house kayaks and paddle boards.