May 9, 4:05pm – Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves (Nats Stadium)**
May 16,1-4pm – Club-wide Scrimmage (1900 M St., SE)
May 17, TBD – Board Meeting (Erg Room, 1900 M St., SE)
May 31, 11am – Bioswale Work Session (1900 M St., SE)
June 1, 7pm – ACBA Board Meeting
June 5, 7:05pm – Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs (Nats Stadium)**
June 6, TBD – National Learn-to-Row Day*
June 7 – Stonewall Regatta
June 8 – Summer Season starts
Volunteer Opportunity: National Learn-to-Row Day (June 6th)
Your Team Program Ready to Grow with Your Help
Capital’s Your Team program provides short learn-to-row experiences for groups, designed to emphasize the team-building and leadership development aspects of rowing. The program generates interest in rowing and CRC, community awareness, funding, and new members. Quick Catch caught up with Steve Neumann to find out more.
What made you start Your Team?
I had successfully run a handful of one-day group-based sessions at other rowing clubs, and CRC had occasionally delivered this type of session (as well as our excellent multi-week learn to row classes) long before my time here. We have equipment that is often dormant during weekdays and on weekend afternoons. So as a club, we already possessed the interest, the know-how, and the infrastructure to offer a great program that compliments everything else we do.
What types of groups have participated so far?
We’ve had a variety of groups who participated, including groups of friends, non-profit groups, youth sports teams, and office colleagues. Executive teams, military units, and other types of groups have also expressed interest. Because we can tailor the program to fit what each group wants to get out of the experience and how much they want to spend, we can make it work for just about any group.
What have Your Team groups gained from the program?
Feedback has been very positive. Participants tell us they really enjoyed the session. For some, it was a new adventure. For others, it was a sport they’ve always wanted to try. Groups that chose the “premium option” and actually rowed in an eight after just a few hours (with the help of experienced rowers and using our CARP pontoons for stability) were so excited. They told us that they had so much fun going fast in such a skinny boat, and that they really gained an appreciation for how much better things went when they worked as a team. Learning to row is such a fun and unique shared experience, and giving people the opportunity to learn with a group of their friends or family or colleagues can really add to that experience. That is the whole idea of Your Team — you can try this great sport with whatever group you’d like to bring.
What is the vision for Your Team going forward?
Just like other clubs with mature programs of a similar design, Your Team has the potential to expand greatly. With proper management of scale we could offer multiple sessions per week, and even add a Friday night “corporate challenge” racing series or something similar. Even as a pilot program of limited scale in 2014, we were able to generate positive revenue on each session, even after accounting for coaching and experienced rower costs, equipment, and maintenance, thus helping support other programs and events.
Other than bringing in additional funds, what does Your Team do for Capital and the sport of rowing in general?
Your Team provides a great option for people to try the sport who might not otherwise be able to do so. Many people can’t commit to the time demands of a multi-week class, and others just want to try it once and then may sign up for a class later. The program also provides a structure for CRC to help meet our mission and increase our degree of community integration by providing sessions for partner organizations, potential sponsors, and non-profits with similar missions. This program also gives a rare opportunity for some of our junior members (and others) to get paid to row while serving a crucial function in delivering these sessions.
What does Your Team need from Capital members?
Mostly we just need to keep “building the buzz.” Keep this program in mind and let people know about it. We are still very much dependent on volunteers to market everything that we do through word of mouth and social media. Remember, just 100 Your Team clients could cover the cost of Cap Sprints! So we are asking CRC members to help share rowing with your colleagues and friends, and support Capital’s financial health in the process. Soon we’ll have a new flyer that members can distribute at work, to friends, or to other area groups who might be interested. More information is available on Capital’s website.
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Coach Spotlight: Nicole Iribarren, Learn-to-Row
I coach Capital’s Learn-to-Row.
I’ve been told I’m really calm and have a lot of patience. I once had my own novice year and I remember all the bickering and confusion that went along with it (we were also high school girls…), so I understand where people are coming from. Rowing is different and it can be scary. If the coach can’t keep his or her cool, then there’s no way the students will. To minimize confusion, I like to focus on explaining specific drills on land and then follow it up with a demonstration. If I can tie rowing into everyday life activities, then that’s even better! Because rowing is so new to people learn-to-row classes are a good way to challenge not only your physical abilities but also your mind. It really forces people to concentrate and work together.
I started rowing in 9th grade and haven’t stopped since. I always enjoyed being close to the water, whether it was through swimming or fun little beach trips here and there. Most of my friends started rowing in 8thgrade so they all kept pushing me to join and, when I finally did, I fell in love with it! The amount of focus it takes to not only work together but to try and nail the stroke just right is what keeps me coming back. And of course, nothing beats a fast, set boat rowing towards a sunrise.How and when did you first get involved with Capital?
I used to race Capital when I was in college down at the Occoquan. I remembered one day my coxswain saying, “Oh shoot. We have Capital in our event. They’re fast!” and it just stuck with me. I wanted to join a team where I could grow to become a better rower and I feel like that’s exactly what has happened. I’ve been with Capital now for over 2 year, but I started coaching for Capital last fall.What other sports and activities have you been involved in?
Ever since I was little, and until I graduated high school, I was on a swim team. I still swim on occasion but not competitively anymore. I definitely do miss it though!What’s one of your favorite Capital moments?
This one is too easy! It HAS to be when I was practicing one day with the Club AM Nationals 4+ and Coach Megan told us to bring up the stroke rating two beats every 10 strokes until we hit a 36. It was magical! We were rowing and the boat just glided underneath us, not a single dip to either side. We covered so much distance, and it felt like an easy 20spm the entire time. When you feel a boat just fly underneath you and you get the confirmation from our cox, Jim Aust, you know you’ve come together. None of us had ever felt that in all of our years of rowing. It was amazing. Ah!
What makes you keep coming back to Capital?
The teammates and the coaching staff! I have become really close friends with my teammates — they are like my second family — and I think the coaching staff here at Capital is one of the best. Nothing beats having an organized practice with a specific focus each week. I’ve heard horror stories from other teams, and I personally have had coaches in college that have had a lot of trouble with organization. If that’s the case, why come to practice? Before each coaching session, I meet with my partner in crime, Andy Waiters, and we discuss as many specifics as we can before meeting up with the learn-to-row group. As coaches, we owe the athletes at least that.
If you could give Capital rowers a piece of advice, what would it be?
Stay long! I was always told to row tall because I was short. But more importantly, stick with it! Rowing can be very frustrating at times, especially for beginners, but there’s so much to learn that no one should ever get discouraged about their rowing. Keep your head up high, and if you happen to have a bad practice one day, forget about it, and focus on your next row. Holding on to any tension while you row will definitely show in your stroke. *Cue in Let It Go*
Learn-to-Row & CARP Need Volunteers!
Capital’s learn-to-row program is in full swing for the year and requires 3-4 volunteers each session to keep things running smoothly. Volunteers may be asked to cox boats, row, demonstrate technique on ergs, lead erg workouts, etc. Learn-to-row meets Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00am-noon.
CARP is also in need of 3-4 volunteers per session to help move equipment between the boathouse and the dock and row with the athletes. CARP meets Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15-8:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-noon.
Remember: All members of Capital are required to volunteer at twice per season to remain in good standing.
Buoys on the Anacostia frequently shift throughout the day as weather and tides change. Be sure you know where sandbars are located throughout the river in case the buoy marking it has drifted. Please take special note that the white buoy located on the western side of the 11th St. bridge is one such buoy that shifts considerably. When rowing upstream (returning to the dock), crews should be aware that this buoy may not remain in a consistent location. Remain aware of your surroundings and other obstacles as you near the bridge.
Check out the interactive map, which will be updated throughout the year to reflect changes in traffic patterns and river markers.
Meet a Member: Sara Grimes
Interview by Mary Ellsworth
Which program do you row with at Capital? I currently row with the Seniors and Weekends (SAW) program. Sunday morning with SAW has always been my favorite program. The variety of rowers makes it unique club to the club. There are new rowers that have just completed the Learn-To-Row program as well as people that have been rowing for over fifty years!
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I was blessed to live on or near the water growing up, and much of my early life revolved around the Fox Island Yacht Club. Just about every weekend was spent on a boat, learning to row a rowboat at a very young age. I have always loved the water. Though I moved to Maryland at the age of thirteen, the majority of my family still lives in and around Tacoma, Washington, and, thankfully, I still go home as much as I can.
How and when did you first get involved with Capital? So many times throughout the years I would be driving beside the Potomac River or sitting in Georgetown watching the rowers. I was captivated by the beauty of the sport. It seemed as though they just effortlessly glided down the river in perfect unison. I always tried to imagine what it would be like to be one of those eight people. Four years ago, I finally decided I would learn to row and try something entirely out of my comfort zone. I sat down at the computer one day and searched learn to row and Capital was the first search result. The day and times of the learn to row program suited my schedule. Before I could think too much about it and talk myself out of it, I signed up. Learning to row is one of the greatest things I ever did for myself. Most of my friends and family said “you’re going to do what?”
Regatta Results: Capital Juniors at the Cooper Cup
Congratulations to the Juniors boys and girls who had a very strong showing at Cooper Cup in New Jersey on April 26! This was the FIRST race for our novices after only a few short weather-interrupted weeks and past regatta cancellations.
The Novice Women’s 4+ won their flight by 10 seconds! The Novice Girls 4x also got first place in their flight by over 25 seconds and the Varsity Girls 8+ got 3rd in the FINALS! A great effort by the novice girls 8+! The boys Ltwt 2x got 4th in heat, Varsity 4+ got 3rd in their heat, Varsity Ltwt 4+ got 4th in theirs. Our novice boys finally got in a race and rowed hard by fours after only a few rows this spring season!
Thank you to all the parents, coaches, and rowers who made this success possible!
- CARP welcomes four new athletes this spring. CARP is still looking for a full time coach as well as assistant coaching. Sign up to volunteer at CARP.
- Comp Men & Women welcome five new members, including three new members to Capital Rowing Club. If you see new faces around the boathouse, say “hello!”
- SAW is back on the water and has been putting three boats out each Sunday with about 8 new rowers joining the program this spring.
- Club AM welcomes 10 new rowers. Also note that the Club AM practice has shifted to 5:30-7:00am. The change in start time will be re-assessed at the end of the spring season.
- Club PM has 18 new rowers and has added Capital’s Ginger Hedgerow and Doreen Haney to the coaching rotation.