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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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!

30for30: Rowers Further Afield

In addition to the local connections with our sibling organizations at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, Capital is also part of a larger rowing world. We see each other—and compete against each other—at regattas, and the opportunity to row composite lineups with other clubs helps to reinforce these relationships and allows us to serve as ambassadors for Capital, its members, and its mission.

Two small groups recently competed at regattas in both all-Capital and composite lineups.

On September 9, 12 members of the afternoon sweep program made their way to Chicago for the Chicago River Half-Marathon, hosted by Lincoln Park Boat Club. The course meandered from Lincoln Park’s new Eleanor Street boathouse in Bridgeport through industrial areas and the beautiful downtown, turning at the Chicago Harbor Locks.

Members of Capital’s afternoon sweep program at the 2018 Chicago River Marathon

Temporarily trading out the Washington swamp for fairer climes, Capital fielded a mixed 8+ and a composite Mixed 8+ with rowers from Ann Arbor Rowing Club and Chicago Rowing Foundation. Also participating in the Mixed 8+ category was a crew from Great Miami Rowing Center, while several lineups from New Trier High School and entries from co-hosts Lincoln Park and the University of Chicago rounded out the men’s and women’s categories. With perfect early fall weather, stunning sights, and fantastic hospitality, a great time was had by all. (The Mixed 8+ victory didn’t hurt either!)

Members of Capital’s competitive women’s team at the 2018 Head of the Cuyahoga

On September 15, a few members of Capital’s competitive team traveled to Cleveland to row in the Head of the Cuyahoga, recently named one of the 10 largest regattas in the country. Rowing in one women’s 4+ steered by a local coxswain, and two more composite boats joined by various members of the Western Reserve Rowing Association, Capital finished within the top 5 of each event they participated in. The Capital Women’s Masters 4+ finished 4th out of 16, the Capital women/Western Reserve men Mixed Open 8+ composite boat was able to take gold in their event, and the Men’s Masters 4+ composite boat finished in 5th place.

Gold medalists at the 2018 Head of the Cuyahoga

The members of Capital Rowing Club who were able to make the trip to both Chicago and Cleveland this year welcome the interest and participation of fellow Capital members in 2019 and thank Lincoln Park and Western Reserve for hosting us at enjoyable and successful regattas!

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