CARP at Bayada

This upcoming weekend marks the 38th anniversary of one of our favorite events, the Bayada Regatta. Each year, CARP seizes the opportunity to attend this all-adaptive regatta hosted on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA. This race is the nation’s oldest and largest all-adaptive rowing, also known as para-rowing, competition. CARP coordinates the participation of as many athletes as are available and interested in racing, ranging from Novice Inclusion events (first-time competitors with a volunteer bow partner), to the newest Elite 1x race using racing shells with or without pontoons. This year, we have 6 athletes and 9 staff/coaches/volunteers participating.  

Bayada is a weekend-long experience for our attendees- beginning with travel and carpool Friday afternoon, the evening Jolly-Up event mingling with teammates (our own and others), and coaches meetings. Saturday morning races start at 0800 (with our coaches and volunteers starting rigging and organizing around 0630) and go until 1500. Saturday evening is a supported banquet, where each team is recognized and there is a special presentation of the Leo Reilly Award. The banquet is a night of food, fun, music, and dancing; CARP has historically been the first one on and the last one off the dance floor! 

This event remains one of my favorite of the entire year due to the comradery displayed; all teams and all athletes really look out for and support each other, from sharing equipment to enable everyone the opportunity to get on the water, to cheering for all opponents. One of the most unique parts of the regatta is the Tupperware bins in which athletes place their prosthetics, canes, and other assistive devices to be transported from the launching to landing docks; often you will see volunteers running with an arm, leg, or wheelchair from dock to dock, and the best part is- this is expected!

I encourage everyone who knows someone in the Philly area to share that the Bayada regatta is this Saturday, August 17th (and of course with my bias, to come cheer on CARP)! I also encourage you to mark your calendars and consider helping out at Bayada next year! Go CARP, Go Capital!

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Juniors Ergathon

Capital Juniors

The 2019 Juniors Ergathon will take place on Saturday, February 23, at BASIS DC Charter School, 410 8th Street NW.

Registration starts at 9:30 am, followed by relays from 10 to noon.

The annual Ergathon, where the team collectively will row 250,000 meters, helps raise money to ensure that more DC-area students have the chance to experience rowing and to make their own memories on the water.

Help support the Capital Juniors by donating, joining a relay team, or volunteering at the event!


RaceRoundUp: 54th Head of the Charles

Windy conditions didn’t stop Capital members and alumni from enjoying the 54th Head of the Charles on Saturday and Sunday, October 20–21, 2018!

  • Men’s Veteran 1x—57th (M. Malinick)
  • Women’s Grand Master 1x—15th (R. Hollins)
  • Men’s Senior Master 4+—33rd (as Friends of Andover: C. Sweeney, R. Stedman, D. Lavin, D. Lippold, cox: S. McKay)
  • Men’s Senior Master 2x—5th (as Chinook: M. Nash and R. Reichart)
  • Women’s Senior Master 1x—22nd (S. Acerra)
  • Women’s Club 4+—33rd (as Friends of Andover: A. Sweeny, M. toms, J. Vocaturo, K. Bidwell, c: K. Cheney); 38th (K. Guiliano, M. McMenamin, T. Kerns, B. Neumann, cox: S. Montgomery)
  • Men’s Master 4+— 12th (L. Wilson, M. Neumann, M. Riegelman, S. Neumann, cox: R. Lopez)
  • Women’s Master 4+—22nd (as Friends of Andover: A. Connolly, K. O’Connell, J. Ross, L. Smith, cox: R. Rubin)
  • Women’s Master 8+—10th (J. Battistini, C. Elias, C. Fratzke, A. Lenz, A. Potter, J. Perkins, J. Ney, S. Dunham, cox: G. Abell)
  • Mixed Inclusion 2x—10th (as Athletes without Limits: M. Constandy and A. Waiters)
  • Directors’ Challenge Women’s 4x—15th (as Beat Cancer Boat Club: M. Nielsen, P. Meyer, S. Gross, S. Acerra)
  • Directors’ Challenge Mixed 8+—6th (as Beat Cancer Boat Club: B. Tryon, S. Stitt, G. Kaplan, M. Sivigny, K. O’Connell, S. Kaplan, O. Huxley, M. Nielsen, cox: P. Besteman)

RaceRoundUp: Head of the Christina, Occoquan Challenge, and Occoquan Chase

A small group of Juniors and Club PM masters rowers attended the Head of the Christina in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday, October 7, while some scullers attended the Occoquan Challenge. The following weekend, the club attended the Occoquan Chase, on October 14. Congrats to all our athletes!

Head of the Christina

  • Women’s Master 1x—1st (S. Acerra); 2nd (M. Bureau)
  • Women’s Youth 2x—4th (E. Wolfe, J. Williams); 8th (A. Gorlick, L. Parker); 11th (Ava D., Aman P.)
  • Mixed Youth 8+—3rd
  • Men’s Master 4+—1st
  • Women’s Youth 2nd V/JV 4x—5th
  • Men’s Youth 1x—8th
  • Women’s Youth 1x—2nd (E. Wolfe); 3rd (J. Williams); 5th (L. Parker)
  • Women’s Youth 1st Varsity 8+—7th

Occoquan Challenge

  • Men’s Veteran 1x—6th (M. Malinick)
  • Women’s Master 1x—2nd (J. Wang)
  • Men’s Master 2x—1st (M. Nash and B. Reichart)
  • Mixed 2x—5th (D. Gulyn and K. Sater); 6th (B. McGann and J. Wang)

Occoquan Chase

  • Masters 60–64 Men’s 1x—6th (M. Malinick)
  • Masters 40+ Women’s 1x—1st (S. Acerra)
  • Masters 50–54 Women’s 1x—2nd (R. Hollins)
  • Upper Junior Women’s 8+—21st
  • Masters 30+ Women’s 8+—1st
  • Masters 40+ Women’s 8+—4th
  • Masters 40+ Men’s 4+—1st
  • Masters 50+ Men’s 5+—1st
  • Junior Men’s 4x—5th
  • Junior U19 Women’s 2x—6th
  • Masters 30+ Women’s 4+—1st, 2nd, 4th
  • Masters 50+ Women’s 4+—3rd
  • Junior Women’s 4x—4th
  • Masters 40+ Men’s 8+—1st
  • Masters Mixed 8+—2nd, 7th
  • Junior Mixed 8+—3rd

RaceRoundUp: FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta

Congratulations to the Capital members who raced at the FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta in Sarasota, Florida, on September 27–30, 2018!

  • Men’s D 4+—5th (D. Schleiger)
  • Men’s D 4+—4th (J. Abrams)
  • Women’s B 4+—3rd (J. Battistini)
  • Women’s B 4+—2nd (C. Elias)
  • Men’s H 8+ Composite—3rd
  • Women’s C 2x—2nd (R. Hollins)
  • Men’s A 4+—2nd (J. Hughes)
  • Women’s A 8+ Composite—3rd
  • Men’s B 2x—4th (A. Rabus)
  • Women’s D 1x—1st (R. Hollins)
  • Men’s E 8+—5th (C. McKay)
  • Men’s A 2- —3rd (J. Abrams)
  • Men’s G 4+—5th (D. Spencer)
  • Men’s G 4+ Composite—8
  • Women’s B 8+—3rd (J. Battistini)
  • Men’s E 4+—3rd (C. McKay)
  • Men’s E 4+—4th (D. Schleiger)
  • Men’s I 8+ Composite—2nd
  • Women’s F 4+ Composite—6th
  • Men’s B 4+—3rd (J. Abrams)
  • Women’s C 4+—1st (C. Elias)
  • Men’s F 8+—4th (C. McKay)
  • Men’s A 1x—4th (R. Best)
  • Men’s C 4x Composite—4th (A. Rabus)
  • Men’s F 4+—5th (C. McKay)
  • Men’s I 4x Composite—6th
  • Women’s A 4+—1st (C. Elias)
  • Women’s A 4+ Composite—2nd
  • Men’s B 1x—6th (R. Best)
  • Men’s C 4+—4th (J. Hughes)
  • Women’s C 8+—3rd (C. Elias)
  • Women’s D 4+—2nd (R. Hollins)
  • Men’s I–M 2- Composite—4th (D. Spencer)
  • Women’s C 1x—4th (S. Acerra)
  • Mixed G 8+ Composite—5th
  • Mixed B 2x—2nd (J. Hughes)
  • Mixed B 2x Composite—5th
  • Mixed H–M 8+ Composite—2nd
  • Mixed C 2x Composite—3rd
  • Mixed C 2x—4th (A. Rabus)
  • Mixed C 4x—1st (A. Rabus)
  • Mixed B 8+ Composite—5th

In addition to these Capital and composite lineups, Bob Reichart and Anne Diggs put in some great performances rowing for Chinook. Congrats to all our rowers!