To celebrate our 30th anniversary year, we are running stories about Capital’s past, present, and future. In our inaugural post, Juniors rower and Captain Leon Bi reflects on the difference Capital has made to him.
Splash. Gulp. Splash. My body ached as I ungracefully pushed myself through the water.
At age seven, I started swimming at a competitive swim club. Despite practicing hours every day, I made little progress. Each practice was a reminder that others, who started even earlier, were physically more developed and received extra encouragement from coaches. After three years of feeling insignificant and insecure, I quit.
At age twelve, my life changed when I joined Capital Rowing Club. I was a scrawny kid with a history of feeling inadequate. Yet the team welcomed me to be a part of something greater. Capital’s mission is to offer the sport of rowing to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and fitness levels. Although our team initially appeared to be a hodgepodge of students from across the DC area, we bonded closely. Our differences were vast, but on the water we were equals who believed in each other, striving to row together in perfect unison. Through Capital, I gained the confidence I needed to shape myself into the person I wanted to be.
Capital took me in and believed in me when I had little faith in myself. In crew, the team is only as strong as the weakest link. I started as the weakest link, but my team always encouraged me. Looking back as Captain now, I am grateful for the chance Capital took on me years ago and hope to inspire others to reimagine the way they see themselves.
Learn rowing at Capital Rowing Club in a one-week summer camp! No previous experience is needed. The camp will run for a half-day Monday – Friday. You can sign up for any of the weeks.
– Session 1: Monday, July 22- Friday, July 26, 9-12pm
– Session 2: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 1-4pm
– Session 3: Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 9-12pm
Ages: Rising 7th through 10th graders (or 12 – 16 years olds)
with the participant’s information in Mindbody under the Juniors Tab
by scrolling down to Juniors Summer Learn to Row Camp Session 1, 2, or 3.
Capital Rowing Club’s Summer Learn-to-Row camp offers three- one week-long sessions and meets Monday through Friday. Sessions 1 and 3 are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and session 2 is 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All sessions are at the Anacostia Community Boathouse. Summer Learn-to-Row offers boys and girls, ages 12–17, the chance to learn rowing for the first time, to explore the Anacostia riverfront, and to build teamwork and friendships with students from across all eight DC wards.
The program is taught in a fun and supportive environment, with a goal of developing a solid foundation of rowing skills. Over the course of the week, students:
- are introduced to basic measures of fitness and strength on the rowing machine (i.e., erg),
- learn rowing terminology and how to handle equipment, and
- develop a basic set of rowing skills.
Training takes place on CRC ergs and on CRC barges (i.e., eight-person training boats). The daily schedule includes warm-ups, on-the-water instruction and practice, and land-based team- and strength-building activities. On the last day of camp, students have an opportunity to race in a friendly, intramural environment. Afterward, we celebrate our achievements with an outdoor pizza party at the boathouse.
Capital Rowing strives to ensure cost doesn’t preclude participation. If you need a Scholarship for this program please email email@example.com
Thanks to WAMU’s Jacob Fenston and Tyrone Turner for featuring Capital Juniors as part of their coverage on the Anacostia River. It’s a great piece, so make sure you check it out!
Capital returned this year to the Head of the Schuylkill, after not having sent the full team in a few years. Juniors and Masters brought their A-game and had a great time even in the rain!
- Event 06A – Men’s Master’s 4+ (27-39) – 3rd & 9th
- Event 14A – Mens’ Master’s 8+ (27-39) – 2nd
- Event 16B – Men’s Doubles (40-49) – 3rd
- Event 31B – Mixed Master’s Doubles (27-39) – 4th
- Event 24A – Men’s High School Varsity 1x – 35th & 39th
- Event 24C – Women’s High School Varsity 1x – 12th
- Event 25A – Men’s High School Varsity 4+ – 52nd
- Event 25B – Women’s High School Varsity 4+ – 42nd and 47th
- Event 28A – Men’s High School Novice 8+ – 46th
- Event 28B – Women’s High School Novice 8+ – 36th
- Event 30C – Women’s Highs School Varsity Quad – 27th
- Event 33A – Men’s High School Varsity 8+ – 53rd
- Event 33B – Women’s High School Varsity 8+ – 35th
- Event 37B – Women’s High School JV 8+ – 31st
Come for the racing, stay for the pie!
2017 Head of the Anacostia is this weekend — September 23rd!
Get all the needed info on the regatta page here .
Sign up to volunteer:
These are volunteers positions on land, including set-ups, selling merchandising, directing parking traffic, etc.
These are volunteers positions on the water, including launch drivers, stake boat holders, dock master, launch and recover assistants, etc.