Capital’s Club PM sweep rowing program is designed for rowers with previous experience. At a minimum, we request that prospective athletes have either 1) completed Capital Rowing Club’s Learn to Row and Intermediate Rowing programs, or 2) have completed a Learn to Row program at another club and have participated in rowing for at least one year. Club PM meets for practice Monday through Thursday at 6:30 pm, rain or shine. For those wishing to get in another day of practice over the weekend, Club PM meets on Sundays at 4:30 PM. As noted on the Club PM program registration page, only athletes who sign up for the five-day option, can attend Sunday practices.
Club PM rowers come from a diverse spectrum of experience and background. We welcome athletes with collegiate, high school, and/or Masters level rowing experience. All interested rowers should contact the Club PM representative for more information.
Capital’s afternoon club rowing program (“Club PM”) strives to provide a welcoming and challenging environment to rowers of all experience levels, from former collegiate and masters-level rowers to those who recently transitioned in from Capital’s intermediate rowing program, while fostering a positive community for rowers through social events and community service.
Club PM focuses on technique development through regular practice and competition. Although optional, all members are encouraged to race in regattas. The program also aims to foster camaraderie and social aspects of rowing by organizing weekly dinners and happy hours after practice. Club PM encourages its members to become active volunteers in Capital’s numerous sponsored events, such as community outreach and riverside cleanup events
Being a part of the Club PM program at Capital means joining a team of rowers that participates in community and club events as well as practices. Club PM rowers are expected to participate in a minimum of two Capital volunteer events per season.
- Improve and advance rowing technique
- Develop strength and conditioning
- Learn and increase coxing knowledge and skill
- Develop expertise of boat handling, boat rigging, and boat care
- Win the ‘ship
There is no attendance requirement for the Club PM program; however, athletes interested in racing are encouraged to have consistent attendance and train for all regattas that they signed up for.
Our weekly workout plans are available at http://capitalrowingclubpm.org/
Practices are held Monday through Thursday at 6:30PM until 8:00PM, and Sunday 4:30 PM until 6:00PM (rain or shine). Prior to launching, athletes stretch and warm up with calisthenics to promote strength and flexibility. While on the water, athletes can expect a combination of drills and distance pieces. Although optional, off-water lightweight strength exercises and erging workouts are posted daily for athletes who miss workouts, or would like to supplement their training.
All athletes are expected to share the coxswain responsibilities. Rowers are expected to know and understand all boat maneuvers and verbal commands, both on and off the water. Each athlete can expect to cox at least once every three weeks, or as needed. Club PM coaches and athletes understand that new rowers may be foreign to commanding a rowing shell. We will do our best to ensure that all new coxswains have the correct information and safety equipment before launching.
Club PM rowers are encouraged, but not required, to race in regattas. Club PM competes in both Sprints (1000 m) and Head Races (up to several miles).
Past races Club PM has attended include: Stonewall (DC), Charm City (Baltimore), Rocketts Landing (Richmond), Independence Day Regatta (Philadelphia), Capital Sprints (DC), Diamond States Championships (DE), US Rowing Master’s Nationals, Head of the Potomac (DC), Head of the Anacostia (DC), the Occoquan Challenge (Northern VA), the Occoquan Chase (Northern VA), and the Head of the Occoquan (Northern VA).
- 8 man coxed sweep boats (8+)
- 4 man coxed sweep boats (4+)
All interested rowers should contact the Club PM Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.