Congrats to the 2017 Board of Directors!

Many thanks to all who voted in the elections. Please find below Capital’s 2017 elected Board of Directors and Program Reps. Congratulations to our newest leadership team; we are excited for 2017!

A HUGE thank you to our Volunteer of the Year: Jim Aust. Jim, you spend countless hours fixing boats, gluing oar handles, ordering parts, driving trailers, teaching others how to follow in your footsteps and so much more. Thank you for your time and wisdom (and thank you to your wife for the space in the fridge for the glue). Words can not express our gratitude for all you do for the club.

2017 Capital Rowing Club Elected Officials 
President — Kirsten Peterson (2 year term, entering 1st year)
VP of Resources –Jame Mauro (2 year term, entering 2nd year)
VP of Operations — Gretchen Abell
VP of Membership — Toni Kerns
Secretary — Karen “KZ” Zareski
Directors at Large:
Abigal Potter
Caryn Muellerleile
Kate Beukenkamp
Steven Fondriest
Social Director
Jacqueline Battistini
Program Reps:
CARP — Joe Tezak
Club AM — Mark Lance
Club PM — Mary McMenamin and Lain Wilson
Club Sculling — Chantel Sheaks
Comp Sculling — Rob Best
Comp Men — Craig “Capital Will Be Great Again”  McKay
Comp Women — Lauren Cisek
SAW (co-reps) — Sarah Grimes and Susie Allen Serpinski
If you have any questions, please submit them to On behalf of the 2016 Board of Directors, it has been a pleasure to serve the Club, and we look forward to closing out another successful year at Capital Rowing Club and welcoming the 2017 officials.

Press Release: Capital Rowing Club welcomes Stämpfli Express

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kirsten Spittel, VP of Membership
Phone: 412-867-7877 (cell)

Capital Rowing Club welcomes Stämpfli Express

Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2015) – Capital Rowing Club is excited to welcome “the largest rowing shell in the world” this Saturday for an exposition row on the Anacostia River from 1-4pm.  The Stämpfli Express consists of 24 rowers and a coxswain, and is over 140 feet in length.  The shell is a product of Stämpfli Racing Boats, a Swiss company founded in 1896, and is on a tour of the US, sponsored by Swissnex Boston.
Saturday’s event will cap off a day of racing on the Anacostia River as Capital Rowing Club hosts its annual fall regatta: Head of the Anacostia.  Spectators are welcome at the Anacostia Community Boathouse at 1900 M Street SE, Washington DC 20003.
Capital Rowing club appreciates the opportunity to showcase this example of Swiss engineering and innovation, and extends its gratitude to Stämpfli Racing Boats, Swissnex Boston, and the boat’s owner, Mr. Burgin Melch.
About Capital Rowing Club
Capital Rowing Club is the home of community rowing in the Nation’s capital for more than 300 residents from the greater D.C. area. As a non-profit 501(c)(3), founded in 1988 on the banks of the historic Anacostia River, Capital offers sweep and sculling programs for all ability levels, ranging from learn to row programs for people of all ages to competitive programs for veteran rowers. Capital is managed solely by volunteers and is devoted to bringing rowing opportunities to youths, adults and families. More information on Capital Rowing programs is available through the Club’s official website,

Photo credit: Swissnex Boston
Photo credit: Swissnex Boston




Check out photos from the first tour stop at Jordan Lake here.