Quick Catch: November 2015

November 2015 Newsletter


Nhat’s Note

Dear Capital members, friends, and supporters,


I would like to thank all of you for a wonderful year. Thank you for your enthusiasm, volunteerism, and generosity towards our club. Without your support, we would not have been able to carry out our mission and to achieve the successes of this year.  I ask you to continue that support in the off-season.

While the boats may be securely stowed away, our club activities have not ceased. This year, the Gala will serve as both a fundraiser and a celebration of our accomplishments.  I hope to see you all at this end of the year event. I am also looking forward to each programs’ end of the year gatherings. Finally, I am looking forward to the ACBA’S boathouse lighting and community award ceremony, when (perhaps) one or more of Capital members will be honored for their contribution to ACBA and the community at large.

It has been an honor to serve as your president this year.  Congratulations to all of our newly elected Board members. I am excited to work with the new Board to continue the great tradition of Capital and to bring new exciting, beneficial changes to our great club.



Nhat Nguyen



Upcoming Events

November 14, 7:30-11:30 PM – Annual Gala (20 F St., NW)

November 15, 11:00 – Bioswale Work Session (1900 M St., SE)

December TBD – Boathouse Lighting  and Community Awards Ceremony (1900 M St., SE)

January 30 – Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints

Save the Date: Giving Tuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, give to Capital Rowing Club and show your dedication to and passion for community rowing.

We all benefit from the investments CRC has made to build our community and our sport, and you can ensure that that tradition continues. Give your year-end gift on Giving Tuesday, and encourage your teammates, friends, and family members to do the same. Learn more here.

Meet a Member: Rebekah Armstrong, Capital Juniors

Which program do you row with at Capital?

I row for the Juniors program and am the co-captain for the women’s team.

When did you first start rowing? What do you like about it?

I have been rowing for almost three years. I started rowing because I was going to be out-of-town for volleyball tryouts and a lot of my friends rowed, so I thought it would be a fun and an interesting sport to try. I stuck with it because, to me, rowing is the ultimate team sport and pushes people past their limits.  Of course, I am not a fan of erging most of the time, but there is something quite peaceful about rowing on the water. I love the adrenaline and being able to see yourself in relation to the other boats, which makes me push even harder.

What other sports or activities are you involved in?

I played volleyball and have probably played almost every sport you can think of. I really like to go to spin classes, do yoga, and, after last year’s winter training, I like Crossfit as well.

What school do you attend?

I’m a senior at School Without Walls High School.

What do you hope to do after high school?

My plan is to attend college, hopefully the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and major in sports medicine while rowing. After college, I think it would be cool to be an athletic trainer for a professional sports team and still row.

Favorite place in the DC area?

My favorite place in DC is Capitol Hill, probably because I am always there since most of my friends live and there is a lot of good food.

Share a favorite Capital moment.

I have a lot of good memories from my years of rowing with Capital, but I think some of my favorite moments came from Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints this spring and making our team video. We’ve made two team videos and it is such a fun experience dancing while cheering on our teammates racing, and we’ve done pretty well the past few years.

What are you looking forward to this year as a Capital rower?

I am looking forward to the spring because it is my last season with Capital and we are trying to go to Youth Nationals, so we are very excited.


Safety Corner

Although our teams are off the water, winter workouts and conditioning are just around the corner and athletes should dress properly for the occasion and the climate.  USRowing shares tips on what to wear here.

Teams will also be using the ergs heavily over the next few months, so please remember to treat them with care!  Avoid exposing them to the outside elements.  If you must move an erg, have two people carry it to avoid extra stress on the machine.  Place the handle all the way up next to the fly wheel when you aren’t using it to reduce strain on the chain.  And always wipe handles and seats down when you’re finished.  Report any problems with ergs to your coach immediately, so the problem can be addressed.  

Thanks to all our 2015 newsletter contributors, interviewers, and interviewees!

  • Rachel Blessing
  • Elena Bratichko
  • Guennadi Bratichko
  • Georgia Bullen
  • Jon Clark
  • Mark Comtois
  • Tom Crane
  • Emmie Crowley
  • Sam Davies
  • Gary Dean
  • Mary Ellsworth
  • Sara Grimes
  • Nicole Iribarren
  • Nick Kahl
  • Alison Lenz
  • Sarah Montgomery
  • Steve Neumann
  • Kelley O’Connell
  • Katelyn Polantz
  • Bob Reichart
  • Brett Rini
  • Jennifer Ross
  • Meredith Somers
  • Kirsten Spittel
  • Harlan Trevithick