In 2022, we transitioned all programs back to the water for all seasons, grew our membership to over 300, introduced more than 100 new rowers to our great sport through four Learn to Row Sessions, and doubled the size of our Juniors Program.
Competitively, we’ve never been stronger – dominating sculling and sweep competitions and shattering the previous course record at the Head of the Charles. We had rowers grow into coaches and Learn to Row graduates advance to the comp boats. We had family combinations of mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and spouses all racing together. We volunteered with boat maintenance, parking lot repair, and bioswale clean up. We were truly ONE CAPITAL. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!
Congratulations to the Capital Juniors for joining Fight for Children’s Youth Development Institute. The purpose of the program is to improve the quality and impact of youth-serving programs that (by intention and design) serve young people and families in underserved communities and focus on the development of life skills through physical activity and sports. In addition to the funding, the team will receive additional networking, technical assistance, and capacity building services. We’re so proud of our Juniors!
Congratulations to all who decided to kick off their fall racing with a serious bang this past weekend! Capital rowers participated in the Chicago River Half Marathon and Rock the Occ. Comp Sweep, Morning Sweep, and Evening Sweep were represented in the group that traveled to Chicago in a Men’s 8 and a Women’s 8. The Women’s 8 successfully settled the score after last year’s loss by 3 seconds, by bringing home gold with a time of 1 hour 26 mins! The Men’s 8 also killed it with a time of 1 hour 15 mins, but missed first place by just 6 seconds to LPBC.
Scullers also completed their half marathon on the Occoquan River. Steve Neumann brought home gold in the Men’s Single event, closely followed by Mike Arnold. Francis Slakey raced in the Mixed Double event with Chantel Sheaks representing DC Strokes.
Registration is now open for the Fall 2022 season which begins on August 22. Please remember to pay your membership fees and to only register for one coached program to start. Register by August 14 to ensure you are able to row on Day 1 (and, who doesn’t want to row on Day 1?)