In late April, the Board convened a task force to draft plans to get us on the water safely when we are permitted. The task force drew upon expertise from within the club, gathered input from coaches, and reviewed other clubs’ plans and USRowing guidance. The CRC Task Force is developing final plans for our programs which will focus on small boats and will be rolled out at our virtual annual meeting. Stay tuned for a date and event registration.
In the meantime, we are happy to announce that ACBA and CRC will begin a phased reopening starting May 27 with Phase 0. Please note that this is not a return to normal as the virus is still spreading. It will take great care and diligence on all of our parts to ensure the safety of our community and progression to the next phase of opening.
One-person private boat owners only (two-person private boat owners if living in the same household).
A maximum of 10 users at the boathouse simultaneously and managed through reservations in iCrew (this is ACBA-wide).
No Coaches, Locker Rooms, or Erg Room during this phase.
Please take the time to review the detailed ACBA Rules and Requirements that were emailed to all members on May 27. These will serve as the basis of all programs and are the key to getting us all back on the water as quickly and safely as possible.
Whether you currently row with one (or more) of our programs, are a former Capital rower, or you are interested in learning more about joining our club, you’re invited. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your teammates after a winter off the water or to talk with current members to learn how Capital is a good fit for you.
We will have a private area reserved for our group in the back of the restaurant.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
Capital Rowing Club is pleased to announce the dates of it’s 2018 Indoor Learn to Row Program. There will be 2 sessions (see dates below). Each session will consist of 8- 90 minute classes. Classes are on Saturday from 2:30-4:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:30-2:00 pm– (please note the different start times) for 4 weeks. When you sign up for a session it is recommended you come to all 8 classes. Each class builds from technique you learn in the previous class-we understand you may miss one or two classes. A session is $150.
Session I class dates are January 6, 7, 20, 21, 27, 28, February 3 and 4. (Note there is no class MLK weekend)
Session II class dates are February 10, 11, 24, 25, March 3, 4, 10, and 11. (Note there is no class President’s weekend)
This program is intended to be an introduction to the sport of rowing. The class uses indoor rowing machines, and does not include ‘on the water’ rowing. Students will learn proper stroke technique and rhythm, increase muscular strength, stamina and mobility while perfecting your form.
Graduates will be welcome to join ‘on the water’ groups in the spring of 2018 at a discount.
No previous experience is needed and all levels of fitness welcome. Each class is limited to 18 students, which allows for personal interaction with coaches, volunteers and other novices. Ages 12 and up.
To sign up please click here. When you sign up the receipt will only show the first day of class but please note you are signing up for the entire session (all 8 classes).
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Winter training will include a combination of erg workouts as well as strength and body weight routines, calisthenics, and other cardio activities. Like rowing on the water, the erg workouts will help you retain your muscle memory and rowing technique. And they will also help you transition from the longer head-race-style rows of fall season to the shorter sprint-style rows of sprint season. The erg workouts will be hard, but a lot of fun! Think: relay races! Think: Taylor Swift sing-alongs! Think: Mulan watch-alongs!
The other workouts will mostly feature body weights, which is a great way to develop your power, especially your core strength, which is so crucial for the sprint races. These workouts are a great way to challenge yourself and push your limits. At the beginning of winter training, you might be able to do 5 push-ups. At the end of winter training, you might be able to 10, or more. See what you can achieve!
Another aspect of winter training, and maybe the most important one is the camaraderie developed over 8 weeks of hard work. It’s things like competing together in races and working out together in winter training that make a team cohesive. It’s why professional teams like the Nats and Redskins and Caps do some sort of off-season training together. Without it, they would lose momentum and solidarity.