The Capital Men’s Competitive Program participated for the first time in the renowned San Diego Crew Classic on March 24th and 25th. The Crew Classic could be considered the Sprint edition of the Head of the Charles Regatta with 123 High School, College and Masters teams participating over two days. Ten men from the Comp Program trained over the winter, both indoor and on the water, to prepare for two events: The Men’s Masters Club Championship Event (Heats and Finals); and the Men’s Masters E Event (Final only).
A unique aspect of this regatta is the length and venue. The course is 2000 meters in Mission Bay with tides and consistent West winds typically between 8 and 12 mph proving to be an exceptionally challenging race. Most of the men had not raced 2000 meters since college, if ever.
The men in the Masters Club Championship Eight finished third in their heat on Saturday advancing them to the eight boat final on Sunday morning where they finished a strong 7th. Cambridge Boat Club stroked by 1968 Olympic Medalist Charlie Hamlin won the event.
The men finished a close fifth in the Men’s Master E event Sunday afternoon again with Cambridge winning the event but this time stroked by 1984/1988 Olympic medalist, Tom Darling. This was an open event with several “rolodex” crews made up on former elite/national rowers.
Coach Guennadi was proud of the men watching them row extremely well in the challenging conditions at a stroke rate (35 spm) typically not seen until June. To be the best, you have to row with the best, and that is indeed what they did. The men are looking forward to the Masters National Championships in Oakland, CA where they will see many of the same very competitive West coast crews.
The first week of November always brings both the Head of the Occoquan and the Head of the Hooch. This year Capital fielded crews at both races! Congrats to all who made it out! Below you’ll find more detailed results of Capital at the Head of the Hooch 2017:
- Men’s College and Club 4: 14 of 58
- Mixed Masters 2x: 25 of 37 (11 of 17 in the under 50 group)
- Women’s College and Club 4: 8 of 53
- Mixed Masters 4: 12 of 22 (8 of 15 in the under 50 group)
- Mixed Open 4: 2 of 12
- Men’s Master 1x: 1 of 14 (S. Neumann)
- Women’s Master Ltwt 1x: 7 of 7 (M. Bureau)
- Para LTA 2x: 1st
- Para T/A 2x: 1st
- Mixed Masters 8: 7 of 19 (3 of 8 in the under 50 group)
It’s always great to end the season on the Occoquan. The weather definitely proved a bit chilly, but the rain skipped over most of the races for the team. Nice racing Capital!
- 16B. MEN’S MASTER 8+ (50+) – 1st Place
- 18B. WOMEN’S CLUB 8+- 1st Place
- 21A. MEN CLUB 4+ – 1st Place
- 21B. WOMEN’S CLUB 4+ – 5th Place
- 22. MIXED 8+ – 2nd in the Masters Category, 4th Place Overall & 11th Place
- Event 6, Men’s Senior Master 8+ [50+] – 32nd (Andover)
- Event 11, Men’s Senior Master Doubles – 4th, Qualified (Chinook)
- Event 13, Women’s Senior Master Doubles [50+] – 9th, Qualified
- Event 15, Men’s Senior Master Singles [40+] – 15th (Qualified), 33rd
- Event 21, Women’s Club 4+ – 27th, 37th
- Event 25, Women’s Master 4+ [40+] – 15th (Andover)
- Event 27, Women’s Master Club 8+ [40+] – 5th, Qualified
Sunday, October 22
- DCW4X, Director’s Challenge Women’s 4x – 15th (Beat Cancer BC)
- DCMX8: Director’s Challenge Mixed 8 – 10th (Greenwich: CBC/CPTLRC/GC/MOLE/PBC/P Composite)
Fingers crossed — this year the weather looks like it’ll be lovely in Boston for the 53rd Head of the Charles (HOCR) Regatta.
Look for Capital Members and Alumni in the following events:
- Event 6, Men’s Senior Master 8+ [50+] 9:50am
- Event 11, Men’s Senior Master Doubles [50+] 11:20 a.m.
- Event 13, Women’s Senior Master Doubles [50+] 11:50 a.m.
- Event 15, Men’s Senior Master Singles [40+] 12:19 p.m.
- Event 19, Women’s Alumni 8s 1:18 p.m.
- Event 21, Women’s Club 4+ 1:57 p.m.
- Event 25, Women’s Master 4+ [40+] 3:07 p.m.
- Event 27, Women’s Master Club 8+ [40+] 3:37 p.m.
Sunday, October 22
- DCW4X, Director’s Challenge Women’s 4x 9:29 a.m.
- DCMX8: Director’s Challenge Mixed 8 3:54 p.m.
Capital Rowing Club loves a good hometown scrimmage weekend! It might be a little hectic, but it’s great fun to race on the Anacostia on Saturday and the Potomac on Sunday — enjoying DC’s riverfront from all sides!
Here’s how Capital did at HOTA & SHOP:
Head of the Anacostia (Full Results)
- Event 5, WO1x: 1st (C. Hammer) & 2nd (M. Bureau)
- Event 6, WM1x: 1st (R. Hollins) & 2nd (S. Acerra)
- Event 8, WN1x: 1st (R. Poor)
- Event 9, PR3: 1st (i. Onafeko) & 2nd
- Event 16, WO8+: 1st
- Event 17, WM8+: 1st & 3rd
- Event 18, WJr8+: 2nd & 3rd
- Event 19, WN8+: 1st
- Event 20, MO1x: 2nd (S. Neumann) & 3rd (R. Best)
- Event 24, WO2x: 1st
- Event 28, MO8+: 1st
- Event 29, MM8+: 1st
- Event 30, MJr8+: 1st
- Event 32, WO4+: 1st & 2nd
- Event 33, WO4+: 1st
- Event 38, WJr4x: 1st
- Event 42, MJr2x: 1st
- Event 44, MxO8+: 1st & 2nd
- Event 45, MxM8+: 2nd
- Event 52, MxO2x: 1st
- Event 56, PR3-2x, 2k: 2nd
- Event 57, PR2-2x, 2k: 2nd
- Event 60, PR2-1x, 2k: 1st
- Event 61, PR1-1x, 2k: 1st
Scullers Head of the Potomac (Full Results)
- Event 4A, MM1x: 1st (S. Neumann)
- Event 4B MSM1x: 3rd (R. Best)
- Event 9 WCl8+: 1st & 2nd
- Event 13B WCl2x: 1st
- Event 13G PR 3-2x: 3rd
- Event 14 W4+: 2nd & 3rd
- Event 16M MM8+: 2nd
- Event 19 WO8+: 3rd
- Event 20W WM2x: 1st
- Event 22 Mx8+: 3rd