Morning Sweep

Capital’s Morning Sweep rowing program is designed for rowers with some previous experience and incorporates skills development, intense workouts, and race preparation. It meets for practice Monday through Frieday at 5:30 am, rain or shine. If you rowed in college or high school, or have learned to row at CRC or elsewhere, we welcome you to join us. The Morning Sweep coaches will assess your basic rowing skills over your first couple days and determine whether a participant is prepared to continue with the program. All interested rowers should contact for more information.


Morning Sweep provides a fun and challenging environment to rowers of various experience levels, from those who have completed Capital’s Intermediate and Novice program to rowers with years of experience at the college and masters level. Members enjoy a balance of racing and club spirit. The members of Morning Sweep train hard and are encouraged, but not required, to participate in races. In addition to practicing on the water, rowers take turns coxing and competing workouts on the erg.

Being a part of Morning Sweep means joining a team that supports its community, the club, and the broader rowing world. Members pitch in to accomplish whatever needs to be done, from loading trailers, to painting oars, to mentoring novice rowers. We also organize social events such as post-practice breakfasts and club happy hours.


  • Refinement of body mechanics
  • Emphasis on boat issues such as set, run, and timing
  • Development of both sprint and head racing tactics
  • Coxing
  • Physical conditioning
  • Basic rigging


Morning Sweep rowers are highly encouraged to attend a minimum average of three (3) practices per week; and consistency is encouraged. Attendance at regattas is optional and will be supported if the desire exists. The rowing season runs from March through November and takes place rain or shine!


Practices are held Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 7:00 am of the rowing season, rain or shine.


Capital Rowing Club is a volunteer-run organization, and members are expected to volunteer at least four (4) hours each season. Opportunities can be found in the Volunteer section.


Morning Sweep participates in both spring (1000m) races and head races (3-6 km)in either 4+ or 8+ shells. Regattas typically occur on the weekends and are usually within a few hours  driving distance of the Anacostia Community Boathouse. In the 2018 season, Morning Sweep participated in Stonewall Sprint Regatta, Capital Springs, Virginia Boat Club Sprints, Independence Day Regatta, Diamond State Sprints, Head of the Potomac, Head of the Anacostia, the Occoquan Chase, and the Head of the Occoquan.

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