Sculling & Small Boats

Sculling Programs

Independent Sculling Program:

Scullers registered for basic sculling may take out singles and doubles without a coach. They must have passed the flip test under observation from a Capital coach, must show competence in boat handling, and must be confident on the water without a coach. Equipment can be signed out when they are not in use during a coached program. Equipment availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Equipment cannot be reserved.

Scullers who want to take out equipment on their own, without a coach, must register and pay the independent sculling fee, even if they are registered for another sculling or sweep program.

Club Sculling Program:

The Club Sculling program helps competent scullers of varying degrees of experience improve their technique, conditioning, and confidence on the water. The program consists of graduates of a novice class, experienced scullers, and recreational scullers. This program accommodates different levels of skills and experience and rowing and fitness goals. Some club scullers are active racers and some never race at all. Practices are led by an experienced coach and are held three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, and Saturday mornings at 9:00 am. For the 2015 season, a second club sculling session is being offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.

Competitive Sculling Program:

The Competitive Sculling program, which meets Monday-Friday from 5:30-7:00 am, is designed for advanced scullers who want to focus on racing.

Novice Sculling Program:

Capital offers novice sculling classes led by experienced coaches. Novice sessions are generally held during the summer. Classes are generally held twice a week and each session runs for six weeks. Each class consists of 6-7 novice scullers. At least the first three weeks of class are spent working in doubles, learning technique and getting comfortable with handling two oars. Moving into singles is at the coach’s discretion. Focus is placed on safety, boat handling skills, and learning basic sculling technique. Previous sweep rowing experience required to sign up, and preference is given to existing Capital members.

Private Sculling Lessons

Develop your rowing skills at your own pace and on a schedule that works for you, working with an experienced personal coach in a one-on-one setting. You will set and achieve goals to maximize your technique and conditioning, and  receive instant and individualized feedback. Students learn on rowing machines and in one or two person boats. No previous rowing experience is required. If you are interested in signing up and taking private lessons together with a friend, this can be a fun way to learn.

Before registering, please contact the program administrator at membership@capitalrowing.org to make sure that we have a coach who can fit your general schedule.  Once we have confirmed that, you will register, and then schedule specific sessions with your coach.  Registration is on the registration site.

Prices:

Hours Member Non-member
2 hours $80 $130
4 hours $155 $250
6 hours $225 $365

 

Racing and Regattas

The Sculling and Small Boats Program Representative will send announcements for races and regattas. Instructions on how to sign up for a race will be sent by the representative. Scullers who want to use club equipment must determine availability with the representative.  Equipment can only be reserved on race day. Equipment cannot be reserved for practices.

Boat Storage

The club has a limited number of rack spaces for private singles. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list for one of these spaces, please send an e mail with your full name and phone number to sculling_rep@capitalrowing.org. It is your responsibility to inform the sculling representative of any changes in your contact information. Failure to respond within 72 hours of notification of an opening will result in removal from the list.

Sculling and Small Boats Program Representative

For more information about sculling and boat storage at Capital, contact Geoff Brown.

Capital Rowing Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. The club is located at the Anacostia Community Boathouse.

Boat List

TRAINING/INTERMEDIATE

  1. Siberian Express (Maas) – any weight
  2. Capital Notion (Yellow Peinert) – any weight
  3. Capital Donation (Yellow Peinert) – any weight
  4. Firebird (Vespoli) – Lightweight (120-145 lbs)
  5. White Vespoli – Midweight (165-195 lbs)
  6. Medius (Wintech) – Midweight (165-190 lbs)
  7. Burga – Midweight (165-190 lbs)
  8. FISA – Midweight (165-190 lbs)
  9. Callinectes (White Hudson 2x/2-) – Midweight (165-190 lbs)
  10. Capital Capital (Wintech 2x) – Heavyweight (185-225 lbs)

ADVANCED

(may be used by Advanced Scullers, other scullers with coach’s supervision)

  1. Minor (Wintech) – Lightweight (140-175 lbs)
  2. Sykes – Lightweight (130-165 lbs)
  3. Kaschper – Midweight (165-185 lbs)
  4. Kaschper – Heavyweight (185-210)
  5. Magnus (Wintech) – Heavyweight (185-225 lbs)
  6. Capital Virtue (Sykes 2x) – Lightweight (65 kg/143 lbs)
  7. Capital Vice (Sykes 2x) – Midweight (75 kg/165 lbs)
  8. Porterfield (Empacher 2x) – Mid/heavy weight (175-210 lbs)
  9. Capital Idea (Sykes 4x) – The 4x may only be rowed with a launch present, unless special permission has been granted from the sculling rep and VP of Operations.

Definitions

WEIGHT CLASS

DO NOT row in a boat with a listed weight significantly lighter than your weight.  There is a significant potential for boat damage!

ADVANCED SCULLERS

Proficient boat-handling skills (able to set boat in calm and rough water with blades off the water; can safely navigate in the more narrow and winding stretches above the railroad bridge; can safely handle sculling at dusk and dawn. May use any club boats at own risk, without supervision, and in accordance with the proper boat handling procedures and safety guidelines established by Capital.

NON-ADVANCED SCULLERS

Can handle, launch, steer, and land boats by themselves; can successfully navigate bridges and river obstacles; has sufficient boat-handling skills (balance, backing, turning, steering) to be safe and competent on the water. May use training/intermediate club boats at own risk and in accordance with the proper boat handling procedures and safety guidelines established by Capital without supervision between the railroad bridge and the green buoy below the South Capitol Street Bridge. May row within hailing distance of a sculling buddy (or coach in a launch) beyond the railroad bridge and the green buoy below the South Capitol Street Bridge.