30for30: Feel It

Karen Zareski is a member of Club PM. She signed up for Capital’s Learn to Row program on a whim, and was lucky enough to find a community and a passion.

Five years ago, I learned to row at Capital. I am still—and always will be—learning. My body does not always respond rapidly to the coaches’ direction; I grind in improvements season by season. In winter, I convince myself to stay on a rowing machine with the promise of spring.  In spring, I am overjoyed to be back on the water. I recommit to fixing imperfections and count the weeks until our first regatta.

It is summer now, and we sweat as we lift the boats into the water. Sometimes there is whining about the heat and humidity. Often I am the one whining. Shortly after we launch, however, we settle into the rhythm. The only way to make progress is to focus on the fundamentals of timing, technique, and power. There is no space left to worry about to-do lists or tomorrow’s meetings.  Each practice is an opportunity for a mental and physical reset.

We pass kayakers and canoers, novice sailors and party boat cruisers. A home run cheer from Nationals Stadium can provide heady impetus for a touch more swing from the hips, more power from the quads. We focus on the back of the rower in front of us, striving for the ineffable swing that takes a row to the sublime. In the last few strokes of practice, our boat surges forward. We return to the dock at twilight, ready for happy hour and ever more discussion of rowing.

In autumn, the river is ours alone. The quiet is broken by our cox and our coach. The catch of the oar, the slide of the seat, the solidity of the finish. When we row well, the water rushes beneath us. In the dark, we must rely even more on what our coaches have taught us:

Strength matters. Timing matters more. Row through the waves, the wakes, the wind. Stay solid through the core. Relax your shoulders, and pull through each stroke’s finish. Let the boat come to you rather than rushing forward and checking its progress. Find the water with your blade. If you miss a stroke, fix it on the next. Feel the boat. Focus on the teammate in front of you. Sit up.  Feel it.

National Learn to Row Day — 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn more about rowing? Come down to Capital Rowing Club for National Learn to Row Day on June 2 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
We’ll teach you the basics of rowing, offer a boathouse tour and get you out on the river! Bring your friends and family and come on down and see what rowing is all about!
Date: June 2nd
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE, Washington, DC

National Learn to Row Day — 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn more about rowing? Come down to Capital Rowing Club for National Learn to Row Day on June 3 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
We’ll teach you the basics of rowing, offer a boathouse tour and get you out on the river! Bring your friends and family and come on down and see what rowing is all about!
Date: June 3rd
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE, Washington, DC

CRC Juniors Learn to Row Camp 2017!

Learn rowing at Capital Rowing Club in a free one week summer camp! No previous experience is needed. The camp will run for a half-day Monday – Friday, with the option of doing additional weeks during the summer. You can sign up for any of the weeks.

General Information

  • Dates:
    • Week 1: Monday June 19 – Friday June 23
    • Week 2: Monday July 10 – Friday July 14
    • Week 3: Monday July 17 – Friday July 21
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Ages: Rising 7th grader or 12 years old – 16 years old
  • Cost: Free

Requirements

  • Students and parents are asked to provide a short response about why they want to learn to row (application link is below).
  • Students will have to inform us about their swimming proficiency. If your child does not know how to swim, they will be required to wear a personal floatation device (life vest) in the boat while learning to row.

Applications are now closed.

Deadline to apply: May 26th, 2017
Notification of camp assignment: May 30th, 2017

2017: Learn to Row with Capital Rowing!

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The 2017 Season of Learn to Row is about to begin!

Session I: March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29.

Capital Rowing Club offers an introduction to the sport of rowing for individuals in the Washington, DC area. Each session includes 10 classes, held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (unless otherwise noted) at the Anacostia Community Boathouse. The course introduces the basics of rowing — such as language and handling equipment, to performing rowing drills and rowing all eight. The classes are taught by experienced coaches and volunteers.

No previous experience is needed. Each class is limited to 28 students, which allows for personal interaction with coaches, volunteers and other novices. Once novices graduate, they are invited to become club members and get more involved with Capital and their new sport!

Click this link to register. 

Fee: $325 for ten 3-hour classes.

There’s still time to sign up for future classes, too.

  • Session I:  March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29
  • Session II:  May 13, 14, 20, 21, June 3, 10, 11, 18, 24, 25
  • Session III:  July 1, 2, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, August 5
  • Session IV: August 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, September 9, 10, 16, 17
  • Session V: September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQs and/or email: membership@capitalrowing.org.