Juniors Summer Learn-to-Row Camp

Summer Learn-to-Row offers boys and girls, ages 12–17, the chance to learn rowing for the first time, to explore the Anacostia riverfront, and to build teamwork and friendships with students from across all eight DC wards. The week-long camp runs 1/2 day and you can sign up for any of the weeks. 
 
Camp Dates: 
– Session 1:  Monday, July 20- Friday, July 24, 9am-12pm
– Session 2: Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7, 9am-12pm
– Session 3: Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14, 9am-12pm
 
Location: Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE
 
Ages: Rising 7th through 10th graders (or 12 – 16 years olds)
 
Cost: $25
 
Sign-up with the participant’s information in Mindbody under the Juniors Tab by scrolling down to Juniors Summer Learn to Row Camp Session 1, 2, or 3. 
 

The program is taught in a fun and supportive environment, with a goal of developing a solid foundation of rowing skills. Over the course of the week, students:

  • are introduced to basic measures of fitness and strength on the rowing machine (erg)
  • learn rowing terminology and how to handle equipment
  • develop a basic set of rowing skills

The daily schedule includes warm-ups, on-the-water instruction and practice, and land-based team- and strength-building activities. On the last day of camp, students have an opportunity to race in a friendly, intramural environment. Afterwards, we celebrate our achievements with a pizza party at the boathouse.

Capital Rowing strives to ensure cost doesn’t preclude participation.  If you need a Scholarship for this program please email juniors_rep@capitalrowing.org

 

Capital Rowing Club Competitive Sweep Team Tryouts

When: August 26–30, 5:20 a.m.
 
Are you a current or former competitive rower looking for a new club? Are you looking to improve your technical skills and overall strength? Then Capital Rowing Club’s Competitive Sweep Program is the place for you! 
 
Capital Competitive Sweep men and women have returned from Grand Rapids, Michigan, after another exciting Masters Nationals, and will be hosting tryouts August 26–30. On water evaluation will take place during practice. Please plan to arrive no later than 5:20 a.m.
 
If you are interested in trying out or have any questions please reach out to our reps: 
 

Race Results: BAYADA Regatta 2019

CARP at Bayada, August 17, 2019

Congratulations to all of our CARP athletes who attended the BAYADA Regatta in Philadelphia on August 17. Capital athletes raced in eight events, winning six gold and two silver medals!

Celebrate CARP’s 10th anniversary by volunteering, donating, or purchasing a t-shirt!

Juniors Fall Tryouts

The next tryouts for the Capital Juniors program are August 26, 27, 29, and 30, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. There will be no practice on Wednesday, August 28.

Tryout week is for any interested new rower (no experience necessary) in grades 8-12. The location is 1900 M Street, SE and upperclassmen and coaches will be at Potomac Ave Metro at 4:00 pm to walk students down to the boathouse on the first day.

Tryouts include 4 days of participation in the program after school from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Participation in all 4 days is highly encouraged. The week gives students the chance to learn the basics of rowing, some small relays, a friendly chat with a coach, and lots of fun team-building games!

Want to tryout? Find out more here and come visit us August 26, 27, 29, and 30th.

How to Be an Athlete (or, Why You Should Volunteer With CARP)

By Talia Linneman

What is an athlete? If you want to know, spend some time with CARP, the Capital Adaptive Rowers.

First, an athlete has an indomitable spirit. They eat obstacles for breakfast. Not only are CARP athletes physically tough, but they are mentally strong as creative problem solvers. Every rower has to deal with gear that doesn’t work auto-magically. CARP’s gear is still being invented, both as the industry develops adaptive products, and as coaches and athletes experiment with gear that was likely made for someone with a slightly different body or situation.

For example, CARP received a state-of-the-art fixed seat for a PR-2 rower (that is, someone who rows entirely with arms and body), from a generous donor. But it didn’t quite fit our boats. So, CARP athlete Shannon bravely modified it—with a hack saw, and no instructions. As a volunteer, I sometimes go sculling with an athlete who only rows the port side, so steering is a workout for my left arm and my brain! Almost every week, athletes and coaches are trying out different equipment and techniques to maximize everyone’s performance and to get the most out of the sport.

Second, we all have to define what victory means to us. Most of us aren’t going to the Olympics (although some CARP athletes are nationally competitive and could, in fact, be training for the Olympics). So, the meaning of “ultimate victory” isn’t obvious. It’s even less clear for adaptive rowers, because accessible competitions are still being developed. When CARP athlete Dammy wanted to race a single, CARP’s leadership had to research whether that was an option for someone who is completely blind. Fortunately, it was possible, and he partnered with a sighted athlete who gave him directions for navigation through a headset while rowing—really fast—in another single. (He won, BTW.)

Sometimes, victory means showing up to practice. Victory can also be having the courage to admit that, as an athlete, you need rest and recovery. The stakes tend to be higher, and the demands more frequent, for adaptive rowers, but all athletes take responsibility for their health, whether that means going hard or going home.

Finally, athletes are on a team. On the one hand, no one can take a stroke for another person, and no one can build muscle in another person’s body. So in that sense, the moment of victory is theirs alone. But all the moments leading up to that require cooperation. Even the coach, Jai, knows that he needs his rower’s perspective in order to strategize. I once tried sculling as a PR-1 rower, in a fixed seat with a back, using only arms and shoulders. It was an eye-opener. I didn’t know I’d need to do subtle things, like tapping down faster than I would with a layback. The coach knew that from watching and listening to his PR-1 rowers, and from doing the same himself. It’s a team sport, in many ways.

As a volunteer, I often carry boats, which many CARP rowers can’t do. That’s not fundamentally different from the way that I can’t carry the eight myself at sweep practice. The teamsmanship of CARP is my favorite part.  

So, all the reasons that I personally want to be an athlete are in high relief at CARP:

  • to make an effort that I can be proud of
  • to have moments victory and flow, and
  • to be part of a team.

If that sounds good to you, and if you can carry a boat—or even if you can’t—then you should volunteer with CARP!

Learn how to volunteer!

Purchase a CARPe Diem shirt!

Donate to CARP!