Thanks everyone for the great racing at the Robert E Day Jr Capital Sprints!
Results have been posted here: http://www.capitalrowing.org/crcwp/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Robert-E.-Day-Jr.-Capital-Sprints-2018-all-results-chronological.pdf
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See you this fall for Head of the Anacostia and next year at Robert E Day Jr CapSprints 2019!
By Guennadi and Elena Bratichko, with Clara Elias
Guennadi and Elena Bratichko came to Capital 25 years ago and are the club’s longest-running coaches. Guennadi had formally coached the Russian junior men’s team, and Elena was on the Russian national team, competing at the 1980 Olympics (watch her in lane 1, 2 seat). Their decision to coach that Capital, when it was young and less competitive, and their long-term dedication to Capital have made made a huge impact on the growth of the entire club.
Capital has significantly changed since 1994/95, when Elena and I started coaching here. Back then, we were not sending crews to national-level competitions like Masters Nationals and Head of the Charles River on regular basis. The first year we went to Masters Nationals was in 1997: a small group of rowers went to Long Beach, California, winning two medals, a gold and a silver.
Since then, the number of rowers competing at Masters Nationals has continued to grow along with the number of medals we have won and overall team placement. The biggest change is that we have a steady flow of rowers joining the competitive program from our own club programs. At one of the recent Head of the Charles River we had five rowers in our women’s eight that learned to row at Capital!
Our vision for Capital is to improve everyday training and grow the club’s team system, which introduces new athletes to rowing and provides them with the necessary foundation to move onto more technical and competitive programs, if they are interested. It allows us to grow our own talents and bring in new rowing enthusiasts to our program.
The greatest strength—and best asset—of Capital is its people. We love working with people who share our love and commitment to the sport.
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)