30for30: The Old Boathouse or Down Under the 11th Street Bridge

By: Sarah Dunham, Jeff Loftus, and Jen Ney, collated by Lily Elsner

July 9, 2010 was an important day in Capital’s history – the day that the first Anacostia Community Boathouse, home to our shells, was demolished. For more tenured members of the club, the day marked an end of an era, that newer members cannot recall, as evidence of Capital’s former homes have been erased. For context, from March 1995 until March 2002, Capital found its first independent home under the 11th Street Bridge. From 2002 to July 2010, the club moved next door to 1115 O Street SE. Prior to the first Anacostia Community Boathouse’s demolition, Capital moved to its current home at 1900 M Street SE, in the second Anacostia Community Boathouse.  A few members of the club who recall those good old early days kindly shared those recollections, and many pictures, so that we all can revel in Capital’s history.   

“Before we got access to the old War Department Buildings located at 1115 O Street SE and converted one into a boat storage building and the other into a erg and functional training space,” said Jen Ney, “all Capital had was two fenced-in compounds. We rowed used boats.  Many of our wood racks were built by local Boy Scouts. We had one portable toilet and a small shed for storing tools and cox boxes. We strung lights and our only overhead shelter were the spans of the 11th St Bridge. When you were putting away oars, you had to watch for pooping pigeons hovering above. (Just ask Chris Erling.)” Jeff Loftus also recalled this fine feature of the 11th Street Bridge Boathouse. He and Tom Chaleki applied several coats of marine-grade varnish on the club’s ancient wooden Pocock shells – Jack Barrett and Cliff Johnson in the “dungeon”—the vault/hollow bridge support that was home to Capital’s boats during the winter months and to pigeons year round.

Jen also shared that under the bridge, Model B ergs were stored under a tarp. Erg tests were taken under the bridge with the noise of cars speeding overhead.  Over the winter, we stored our shells inside the bridge abutments. The D.C. Department of Transportation actually allowed us to go inside the massive abutments and store equipment inside the bridge footings. To enter, we had to remove riggers, hunch down and carry boats on your head through a small, narrow door. It was all very primitive but we had fun.

In 2002, the “old” Boathouse was “new digs,” according to Jeff. Built and operated by the Department of War to develop and test amphibious assault craft back in the 1940s, in preparation for D-Day, the building was transferred to D.C. in the mid-century. Then, the D.C. Department of Public Works operated out of the building and stored their private boats and lawnmowers there, when we were invited to the site in 1993 to hold novice classes for adults and kids by OARS (Organization of Anacostia and Sculling).   Jeff shared additional color. “After we gained access to the building, an early item of great discussion and hand-wringing was the bathroom and toilet in the back corner. Fortunately, we has some very able members who were in the Navy who installed a brand new toilet and fixed some of the plumbing. I think it was Sarah Dachos who pulled it off.”

Lots of Capital blood and sweat went into the new Boathouse. Jeff continued, “Steve Vermillion went through 3 hammers building oar racks with wood lying around the site, and bashed his thumb in the process.  He also laid several cobblestones that Bob Day had scavenged from everywhere (probably Princess Street in Old Town) on a wet area in the corner of our outside racks under the bridge. I recall that we had a devil of a time getting the three roll-up doors installed;  Carl Cole came through for us yet again. Carl was our patron saint looking over us back then.”

Sarah Dunham shared a very fond memory from 2002, when Masters Nationals was hosted on the Occoquan, so Capital rowers didn’t need to travel.  “We as a club invited Coach Guennadi Bratichko’s former rowing club from Moscow, Dynamo, to come to Masters Nationals. We had just that summer gotten access to the building, but had not yet moved all our shells into it.  So we hosted a dinner in the new-to-us building for all Capital and Dynamo rowers. It was a great (and somewhat wild) celebration of the new building, masters nationals, and the really neat experience of meeting and hosting the rowers from Dynamo.”

The strong spirit of Capital, regardless of the home of our boats and workouts, was present throughout the life of the club. Sarah also shared a memory which she says “really showcases the resilience of the club and strong leadership when we were rowing from under the bridge (before we had access to the building that became our boathouse for a while).” In 2001, the entire club – not once, but twice – had to pick up its entire operations and move to Bladensburg for a period of time.  The first time was over the summer and there was a creosote spill (caused by construction of those buildings that are now along M Street) that contaminated the area around our docks. While that was being remediated, under Jim Connolly’s leadership we moved all the operations of the club to the boathouse in Bladensburg and ran practices from up there. Later, after September 11, the part of the river where we were rowing was “closed” for a period of time and we again moved all the operations up to Bladensburg.  Can you imagine now needing to move the entire operations of Capital to a different site without missing any water time (yes, the club is bigger now, but we still had multiple programs and a lot of equipment back then)?

While countless stories are left unwritten, these few remind us that while places are special, the people of the club matter most. While we heartily enjoy the tales of past, the boathouses hosted our stories. When asked about the boathouses, Jen mentioned meeting her husband, Ralph, and Jeff mentioned a precious memory of a baby pool in the boathouse and two of his girls (now teenagers) were just toddlers at the time, splashing away.  Steve Vermillion and his toddler son jumped in as well, as did Jim Connolly with Carston. While the Club has seen that bricks, bridges, tarps, and steel can build a boathouse, Capital shows that the crucial element of the boathouse is its people.

30for30: A Spirit of Camaraderie, Competition, and Service

By Jen Ney and Lain Wilson

Participants from across Capital’s programs, along with rowers from DC Strokes, came out this past weekend for the a bioswale cleanup and the annual scrimmage. Rowers from the two clubs competed in mixed lineups in sculling and sweep races and enjoyed a barbeque afterward.

This wouldn’t have been possible without the Boathouse and the spirit of camaraderie, competition, and service fostered by the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association (ACBA). ACBA is an umbrella organization made up of nine member group: four high schools, American University, and four community-based organizations. All nine groups offer rowing and paddling programming and are working to encourage responsible environmental stewardship of the river through increased recreational access and opportunity.  

The first ACBA member to provide rowing opportunities on the Anacostia River was Bob Day and the Organization for Anacostia Rowing and Sculling (OARS) in 1988. OARS’s mission was to establish and nurture the sport of rowing for the benefit of the community, and they introduced students from Anacostia Senior High School and Frederick Douglass Junior High School to the sport. Capital Rowing Club was founded in the same year, but was originally based out of Thompson Boat Center on the Potomac River. Thompson was an overcrowded facility, and Capital required more equipment and space.

In 1995, OARS invited Capital to move its operations over the Anacostia, to a site at 11th and O Streets SE. OARS saw this as a way to increase rowing on the Anacostia, and Capital recognized the excellent growth potential and superior rowing conditions that the Anacostia River presented.

After the move occurred, the membership of Capital worked in partnership with OARS to improve the site, building boat racks and improving the docks underneath the old 11th Street Bridges. Capital adopted the OARS community mission and began offering “learn to row” programs for area residents, with a particular emphasis on reaching out to students in the DC public schools and to people who had not had access to rowing programs previously.

In 2001, the National Capital Area Women’s Paddling Association (NCAWPA) relocated their operations from Thompson to the Anacostia, and along with Capital, OARS, and the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), helped to found ACBA. In 2002, the District of Columbia began to lease parts of the 11th and O Street site to ACBA, recognizing more formally the value of nonmotorized recreation on the Anacostia to the community and to the environmental restoration of the river.

ACBA’s programs and membership continued to grow and, in 2004, ACBA added American University Crew, Bishop Ireton High School, and DC Strokes Rowing Club. In 2010, ACBA moved to its present home at 1900 M Street SE, where it continues to offer access to the river for 9 different clubs and nearly 1,000 rowers and paddlers.

Learn more about the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association on their website, and watch out for future posts about the history of Capital and ACBA over the past 30 years.

2018 Nominees for Board of Directors

Wondering who you should vote for as part of Capital’s Elections? Read the candidate statements to learn more.

Executive Committee

VP of Resources (1 Candidate)

James Mauro
I am honored to be considered for the VP of Resources Position for a second term keeping track of Capital’s finances.   I joined Capital five years ago via LTR and have enjoyed my time as part of the organization joining a number of different programs.

VP of Operations (1 Candidate)

Mike Neumann
I’m honored to be nominated to serve as the Vice President of Operations for Capital’s 2018 Board of Directors.  I’ve learned a lot from Gretchen and the Club’s other “ops experts” since I joined Capital in 2014.  In addition to actively supporting the Club’s operations activities, I have years of experience in rowing and in my career that have prepared me to take on this new level of responsibility at Capital.  In particular, I rowed for three years in college and was an active member of the student-run club where I led or contributed to a wide variety of activities, including maintaining and repairing boats and equipment.  I also have served on the boards of non-profit organizations for the last 15 years, including as an at-large member on Capital’s Board in 2017.  In my professional career, I served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer for 12 years, and for the last 8 years I’ve worked as the Director of Operations for a national security unit at an international research and analysis think tank.

Keeping all of Capital’s boats on the water in good working condition requires a real team effort, and I’ll continue to build on the example that Gretchen set during her tenure by working with the program reps, board members and especially the Club’s ops experts to help ensure problems are identified, needs are communicated, supplies and replacement parts are purchased, and repairs are made as quickly as possible.  If elected as the VP of Operations, I look forward to continuing to work with Kirsten and the rest of the Capital Board as we continue to build on the great foundation put in place by many, many Capital leaders and members over nearly 30 years.

VP of Membership (1 Candidate)

Toni Kerns
I am honored to be considered for the Membership VP Position. I have learned a lot over the course of the year and hope to apply those lessons in the coming term.

For those that do not know me, I joined Capitol three and half years ago and quickly found my love of rowing and my amazing rowing family.  I am excited about the prospect to serve on the board for another year to support our rowing community. One of the things I appreciate about the club is how active the members are in growing and supporting the organization and welcoming new people into the mix. I think it is important to continue to build an inclusive community. Our membership has a diverse set of interests all with valuable contributions to make to Capital whether you are a young or old, new or seasoned, competitive or occasional rower.  It is important to use our members’ passions and our club resources to give back to the community. I understand the importance of balancing each of these assets in order to provide the greatest value to all of us. For the folks that know me, I am not afraid to ask questions and talk through issues.  I will be open, honest, and happy to listen and talk with anyone in the club. Cheers

Secretary (2 Candidates)

Clara Elias
I am great at taking and organizing notes and identifying next steps or action items that are identified. Once a scientist, my default is outline form for notes with an executive summary so people can skim meeting notes easily and get a sense of what was talked about. I’m also a trained facilitator with four years of experience building consensus, which is a fancy way to say that I’m good at keeping meetings on track, on time, and productive. I hope you’ll consider me for position of secretary.

Lain Wilson
I’ve been a member of Capital Rowing Club since 2015, with both Clubs AM and PM. At practices and regattas, during volunteer opportunities and social get-togethers, I’ve been lucky to meet a large part of the club’s membership. As PM co-rep with Mary McMenamin this last year, I was introduced to the board and its responsibilities, all while growing the regular communications with the program.

I am running for Secretary for two reasons. One is to continue the good work that past secretaries have done in recording the minutes from board meetings and in maintaining the club’s records. The other is to help grow our relationships with the community through outreach to businesses and the public at large. I would like to do this by assembling an annual report, working with Georgia to enrich web content and develop a social-media strategy, and putting together a list of contacts for press releases.

At-Large (12 Candidates, Vote for 4)

Stephanie Acerra
Having been on the board for the last year, I would be honored to serve on the board again. I have been rowing with Capital since 2012 on both the competitive sweep and sculling team. I rowed recreationally in 1997 and 2002-2005, and competitively 1998-2001, and since 2005, so I know and understand both the competitive and recreational rower. As a masters’ rower, I know many of the challenges we face, and as coach at a local high school, I see the needs of both coaches and junior rowers alike. As “Race Czarina,” and a regular trailer driver, I have been involved with many aspects of the competitive teams over the past year. And sitting on the board I have become more familiar with the non-competitive programs out of our boathouse as well. In addition to Capital, I have served as a board member at two previous clubs and for a non-profit organization in Uganda. I hope to continue to serve the Capital membership as a Director at Large.

Jacqueline Battistini
Having been serving as a non-voting board member I have attended board meetings and gotten to know current serving members. I have become more informed about the long and short term goals of the club as well as the challenges we face. Helping current and future board members and the club as a whole overcome our challenges to meet and exceed our goals would be a welcome privilege. I am sure I can assist as we all continue to grow this organization.

Kate Beukenkamp
Hi Capital!  This year I stepped away from rowing to take on a new professional challenge but continue to work behind the scenes as one of your At-Large representatives.  As lead of the Finance Committee, the VP of Resources and I, as well as committed group of Board members, have been working on a few long-term initiatives.  As highlights, at the opening of the year, we successfully worked with the Board to responsibly purchase several new boats (as well as sell other equipment) as part of developing a multi-year plan aimed at maintaining a high-quality fleet across programs.  Additionally, we began tackling the development of best practice internal controls to bring added financial structure and qualify Capital to seek new funding opportunities in the future.  This work is ongoing.  While I haven’t been able to see as many people on the water or around the boathouse this past year, I would like to remain involved as an At-Large representative and see this valuable work to completion.  

In last year’s statement I included a bit more detail about my qualifications and interest in serving on the Board – for newcomers the quick summary is that I’ve been a member of Capital for over five years, have rowed with several programs and enjoyed each one.  As a day job, I practice corporate and securities law at a firm in DC and, during this year’s hiatus, look forward to running into rowing friends around town!

Anne Diggs
I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the Capital Rowing Club Board of Directors and give back to this great community.  With my retirement from the US Navy, I have the opportunity to dedicate time to the Board. Capital Rowing Club is a great organization and as competitive as the best!  While I have just five years of rowing experience, I’m a quick learner and love the sport.  I believe that Capital should continue to increase our membership by providing classes for interested /novice rowers, provide clinics for experienced/advanced rowers, increase our relationships with the community, and improve our equipment.  We already do most of this, but I would work with the board to strengthen these objectives as club goals and help make them a reality.  I’m also interested in applying my career in medicine to support and improve our safety programs.  These ideas take active fund raising, a solid plan, and participation to accomplish.  If elected I would apply my best efforts on your behalf, and ask all of you to assist as one club.  Thank you for your consideration!

Lily Elsner
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I ask for your vote to become an At-Large Director on CRC’s Board of Directors.

I learned the fundamentals of rowing while I was a student at Wellesley College, and from there, I learned to erg out my frustrations over the last three years while working at a big law firm in New York City. However, it is only recently that rowing has become a central part of my life.  When I moved to DC this spring, I finally “Learned To Row” with Andy and Nicole. On the water this summer, with keen direction from Brandon and the Club PM coaches, I learned the beauty and subtlety of rowing as a team. One of the greatest moments of my entire year has been wearing a Capital jersey while racing in the women’s novice 8 at HOTA. As I continue to develop my skills at the oar, it is with Capital that I want to become more involved in the DC rowing community.

While I may not be the most seasoned rower, I believe that my professional skills would be a valuable contribution to the Club.  My job allows for flexible work hours and I have ample free time outside of work to devote to as many projects as the Club needs. Highly responsive to email, I would prioritize Capital correspondence over all others. As a project manager supporting the Board of Directors at a publicly traded financial institution, my bread and butter is technical writing and communications, and spotting and solving operational and logistical challenges of running an organization.  I want to contribute these skills towards furthering Capital’s mission.

In becoming a Director at-large, I hope to continue to grow the fantastic work that the current board is doing. For example, I would love to help complete the Board’s safety sub-committee’s update of the safety manuals.  Moreover, as a pair of fresh eyes, I see several opportunities for communication enhancement, including new member on-boarding, communication of boat house rules and best practices, and formalization of documentation of our regatta planning both as a record and for distribution to volunteers. This summer I have enjoyed working with current board members to document our shared knowledge, and I think that continuing to do so will allow Capital many more glorious years to come. I would be honored to contribute to the work of the Club and to serve you all in 2018. Many thanks for your consideration.

Clara Elias
I would bring to the board a strong background in non-profit program management. For the last five years I have worked for local non-profits and for local government in the DC area to clean up our waterways. This experience taught me how to find and successfully apply for funding from local and federal sources, manage program budgets, how to run and manage volunteer programs, and how to best conduct community outreach in and around the Anacostia River. I am excited to apply my skills and knowledge to help CRC’s programs grow. I have been with Capital for four years, rowing with Club AM and the Comp Team for two years apiece.

Rick Evans
Hi, my name is Rick Evans. Few of you know me because I’m new to the Capital Rowing Club. In fact, I’m new to rowing as I just started this year. But I’m not new to the rowing culture. My son rowed at UC San Diego and as a rowing parent, became involved in supporting team activities. My bucket list includes rowing in a pair with my son at the San Diego Crew Classic. It would be great to see Capital compete in that regatta. It’s well run and you get to see collegiate teams like Cal, Stanford and two or three teams from the EARC, like Harvard, Yale, Navy, etc., compete.

In my short time rowing, I’ve participated in the Capital Sprints as an opponent and in the Head of the Anacostia as a Capital rower. I’ve also rowed in the Head of the Potomac and the Occoquan Chase. I like the Capital Way! You are very well organized and everyone seems to pitch in to get things done.

The other thing I like most about the Capital Way is how you’ve organized and executed your program. It’s working. I’ve seen several recent graduates of the INR program move into the club program and their technique is pretty solid. The idea of being able to try out for the competitive team gives those with higher aspirations an opportunity to do more.

The bottom line is that the CRC leadership team has done a remarkable job. Operations, recruitment, execution, camaraderie are all top notch. A shout out to the current and past board members for doing such an outstanding job.

My potential contributions to the CRC board are simple. I can offer fresh eyes and ideas to an established club. Some of you have been rowing long enough that most of it is second nature to you. For the less experienced rowers, rowing is one of the most challenging and frustrating things you can try to accomplish. As a relatively new rower, I am still experiencing the frustration. As an engineer, I have experience leading and working with large, diverse groups of people with competing outcomes. I’m confident that if I were assigned a project, that I’d be able to accomplish it. Finally, I’m all in on rowing. The people are fun to be around. And whatever we do as a club, it has to be a fun place to be. Where else can you go and find one person talking and four or eight others listening without interruption.

Thanks for your consideration.

Courtney Fratzke
As a current member of the women’s competitive sweep team and a former member of a competitive rowing team in a different city, I believe I can bring a unique skill set and perspective to the Capital Rowing Club Board of Directors. I have been on the CRC competitive sweeps team for 2.5 years and have enjoyed becoming acquainted with not only a number of the wonderful people who are both current and former members, but also the club as it’s own complex entity. Previously, I rowed with Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) in Cleveland, at first in the Learn-to-Row program, then on the competitive team equivalent, called the Masters team, there. In total, I rowed for Western Reserve for about 5 years, and value to this day both the skills and friendships forged there. Part of the unique perspective I believe I can contribute to CRC is knowledge gleaned from having experienced the inner-workings of another successful rowing program, both at the introductory and competitive levels. Professionally, I have been in the Finance industry for 18 years with a focus on fixed income bond trading and issuance. Base knowledge of accounting procedure, the basics of bond knowledge, risk management, and the development of internal controls in basic financial systems all comprise a rudimentary sampling of some skills I have developed throughout my career. Additionally, I have background in basic marketing and communication skills through educational training, contributions to my previous rowing club, and as a facet of my professional experience. Whether I am awarded the opportunity to bring new perspective to the Board of Directors on rowing, finance, communication, or other subjects; I am honored by my nomination for the role of Board Member At-Large and look forward to having the opportunity to serve Capital Rowing Club as a whole.

Lindsay Goldberg
Hello Capital! I’m honored to be considered for a director at-large position. After spending the past two years (and two months) with Capital (LTR, INR, and Club PM), and focusing primarily on mastering (?) the skill of rowing, it has come time to start focusing on how I can give back to the club, the greater rowing community, and the local neighborhoods. To that end, if elected, I hope to focus on celebrating what Capital has achieved these past 30 years while at the same time thinking about how we can become more unified as a club (and potentially more unified as a rowing community in DC). I also hope to focus on how we as a club can give back to the neighborhood, which not only includes introducing youth to our juniors program (and to rowing in general), but also volunteering in the neighborhood (at non-rowing related events) and working with local organizations that aim to protect and clean up the Anacostia. As a director at-large, I’d be happy to tackle whatever projects the board deems necessary, drawing on my professional skills, dedication to the club, and willingness to listen to any and all perspectives. Thank you!

June Marshall
I have been a member of Capital Rowing Club (CRC) since the summer of 2013.  I participated in the Learn to Row program, matriculated through INR and have been rowing with Club PM since 2014.  I have been an active member of the club throughout the years and have raced locally, as well as at Masters Nationals.  I have not only been an active volunteer internally with Learn to Row, at Cap Sprints and HOTA, but at community outreach events such as National Learn to Row Day and the Anacostia River Festival.  One of the hallmarks of CRC is its diversity and inclusiveness in providing quality rowing experiences for all who want to learn.  I would like to serve as an At-Large board member to help continue to strengthen that commitment.  As the need for strategic planning for CRC and its programs is upon us with the changing landscape of the Anacostia River area, Navy Yard and the 11th Street Bridge Park, I would like to provide my experience in the real estate practice area to aid in those discussions and plans.  I have represented non-profit organizations and served on non-profit boards, so I understand the amount of time, energy and involvement needed to help an organization run smoothly and would like to give back to CRC as an At Large board member.  Thank you for your consideration and I would appreciate your vote!

Nadege Nouviale
Originally from France, I moved to the Nation’s Capital in 1993. I started rowing with Capital when I enrolled in LTR-2011 … I was hooked! I moved to Intermediate and thanks to coach Bob Brady quickly joined Club PM. I also enjoyed outings with SAW for a while. I became a full-fledged a sculler few years ago and truly enjoy navigating upstream, and getting stuck in a tree, under the rail bridge, and on a sand bar.  I even rowed with my oars mounted on backwards oarlocks. Jokes aside, I love being on the water, enjoy the wild life we get to watch, and am lucky to row with a group of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals. I am happy and grateful that a good bunch of them became part of my life outside the boathouse.

During the day, I am a World Bank employee working mostly in knowledge management and organization of large scale events. If elected, I would love to bring my organizational skills to CRC. I am methodical and detailed oriented, I am especially interested in supporting/working with Membership, an area where I think Capital could benefit the most from my range of skills.

A special Merci to Dominique for bringing me to Capital!

Caitlin Toynbee
I am a candidate for an At-Large board position with CRC and am writing to ask for your support. I believe that my experience as a rower, combined with my professional background will allow me to serve the club well in this capacity.

I’ve been rowing since 2010, and with Club PM for five of those, and have enjoyed every minute of it. For several years I’ve served on the Capital fundraising committee, and hope to serve in a more formal capacity.  I believe Capital’s strength resides in its variety of participants, programs, and supporters, and that long term success will rest on our ability to meet the needs of everyone. I hope to bring a variety of thoughts, suggestions, and ideas from members and make them happen.

Professionally, my career has been in nonprofit management and fundraising. I’ve managed board relations, led giving campaigns, and juggled the demands of programs needing funding. I’ve served in formal roles with several nonprofits boards over the years. I currently manage a fundraising program, raising more than $12 million a year for the Human Rights Campaign.

I have been given an opportunity to serve Capital in a new form and would like to give back in a significant way to the Club.  I believe my expertise and experience will allow me to serve the Club in the position a Director-at-Large. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my nomination.

Social Chair (1 Candidate)

Jacqueline Battistini

I have served one year as social chair and am very excited about the upcoming Gala. I would love the opportunity to serve another year as social chair for the club. This would give me the ability to continue building on our momentum from this year and hopefully have even more successful events in the future!

Club Representatives

Club AM: Mark Lance
I am running for re-election as ClubAM rep because clearly I have the guts to do so. (You hear that Donald? Guts I say. I don’t need no stinking endorsement!) Also I have an IQ.

My goals for the second term: Maintaining current levels of ClubAm representation at the US Olympic trials in both rowing and modern pentathlon; finding new loopholes in US rowing rules so we can win with a catamaran shell or something (worked for the Americas Cup); breeding a live tiny dinosaur from DNA preserved in amber to replace the tiny plastic dinosaur that rode with us to glory in Diamond State; splicing gecko dna into said dinosaur so that it can grip the bow of our boat with sticky little dinosaur toes and distract other rowers; redesigning the capital kit so that all rowers look as good as Martin. (Granted, the last one is a stretch.)

Oh, and running communications, checking who has paid for stuff, fixing broken equipment, nagging about chores, making the best breakfast items, and showing up to board meetings.

Club Sculling: Chantel Sheaks
Over the years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of scullers at Capital, and the needs have grown accordingly.  As Sculling Representative, I will continue to improve Capital sculling for all experience levels by working with the Board to improve the fleet, responding to coaching needs at all levels, and working with rack space holders.  As we grow, it is important to express our changes and needs to the Board so that we can strive to have a positive experience for all, regardless of experience level or program.  

Comp Sculling: TBD

Club PM: Mary McMenamin
The same as last year, but maybe with fewer emails. Maybe.

Comp Men – Craig McKay
All ya’ll better start thinking who be the rep for the following year.  All that is required is patience, thick skin, and good email skills…. and knowing how to count rowers at 5:20 a.m.  This is a big deal as a miscount can result in SEVERAL minutes of “dialog” and confusion in boating lineups!  Plus just as important is remembering whose turn it is to cox and whose turn is it for the mixed boat, i.e. Men or Women…. something I need to do a better job of this year.  Also, a wife or significant other who is very good at tracking seat fees comes in quite handy.  Cat herding skills also are also needed for getting regatta availability from all ya’ll.  For this year, my focus will be more team camaraderie.  Face it, most of us are grumpy in the morning and then run off to work and family immediately after practice never having time to socialize with each other.  So I think we need to be a bit more proactive in social gatherings.  This will also help us to be more engaging with new coxswains so we don’t lose them after one practice.  A big goal I personally have for this year is to muster a boat for the San Diego Crew Classic.  Need eight committed guys for the 2000 meter race in March.  Game!?  Thanks for the support this year, and here’s to 2018 being the best ever!  

Comp Women: Jacqueline Battistini
This is my third year as a member of the comp team, and I would be happy to serve as the team’s rep. I am diplomatic, organized, firm and fair. I am always willing to listen and help others, and will continue to earn the team’s respect as a dependable and helpful leader.

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

2017: Learn to Row with Capital Rowing!


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.