Winter 2017: Learn to Erg!

Indoor learn to row/erg offers an introduction to the sport of rowing.  Each session, which includes 8 classes on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, introduces the basics of rowing on an ergometer. Learn to Row Indoors provides rowing instruction for new rowers. This class primarily uses indoor rowing machines, and does not include ‘on the water’ rowing. Graduates will be welcomed to join ‘on the water’ groups spring 2017.

No previous experience is needed. Each class is limited to 17 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!


  • Eight 90-minute sessions. Saturday and Sundays
  • Saturday Class starts at 2:00 PM and Sunday starts at 2:35 PM
  • Session I runs from Jan 28 – Feb 19
  • Session II runs from Feb 25 -Mar 19.
The session costs $150.00

To Sign up for Session I or II click HERE


Questions? Contact

Podcast: Dispelling Rowing Myths

Owing to people’s lack of knowledge of what rowing entails, there is always a necessity for correcting misconceptions now and again. In addressing these erroneous beliefs comes this podcast titled Dispelling Rowing Myths. The 5 seconds shy of 5 minutes podcast is a collection of interviews of rowers ranging from a junior to an olympian. This collection of interviews include interview of the club’s Membership Vice President, Toni Kerns. The podcast is produced by the club’s Blind Magic Dammie Onafeko, A graduating senior majoring in Audio Production at Howard University, Washington – DC.

Enjoy listening!

Congrats to the 2017 Board of Directors!

Many thanks to all who voted in the elections. Please find below Capital’s 2017 elected Board of Directors and Program Reps. Congratulations to our newest leadership team; we are excited for 2017!

A HUGE thank you to our Volunteer of the Year: Jim Aust. Jim, you spend countless hours fixing boats, gluing oar handles, ordering parts, driving trailers, teaching others how to follow in your footsteps and so much more. Thank you for your time and wisdom (and thank you to your wife for the space in the fridge for the glue). Words can not express our gratitude for all you do for the club.

2017 Capital Rowing Club Elected Officials 
President — Kirsten Peterson (2 year term, entering 1st year)
VP of Resources –Jame Mauro (2 year term, entering 2nd year)
VP of Operations — Gretchen Abell
VP of Membership — Toni Kerns
Secretary — Karen “KZ” Zareski
Directors at Large:
Abigal Potter
Caryn Muellerleile
Kate Beukenkamp
Steven Fondriest
Social Director
Jacqueline Battistini
Program Reps:
CARP — Joe Tezak
Club AM — Mark Lance
Club PM — Mary McMenamin and Lain Wilson
Club Sculling — Chantel Sheaks
Comp Sculling — Rob Best
Comp Men — Craig “Capital Will Be Great Again”  McKay
Comp Women — Lauren Cisek
SAW (co-reps) — Sarah Grimes and Susie Allen Serpinski
If you have any questions, please submit them to On behalf of the 2016 Board of Directors, it has been a pleasure to serve the Club, and we look forward to closing out another successful year at Capital Rowing Club and welcoming the 2017 officials.

Capital Rowing Club @ HOCR52

Cheer on Capital @ the 2016 Head of the Charles! Here’s who’s racing:


  • Men’s Veteran 1x @8:32am: M. Melanick
  • Women’s Senior Master 2x @11:27am: Hollins/Dinion
  • Men’s Senior Masters 1x @11:43am: Steve Neumann
  • Women’s Club 4 @1:10pm – bow #54
  • Women’s Club 8 @1:51pm – bow #18
  • Men’s Masters 8 @2:58pm – bow #10
  • Women’s Masters 8 @ 3:08pm – bow #6


Directors Challenge Mixed 8s @2:54pm

  • Capital/PBC bow #9
  • Capital Bow #23
  • Beat Cancer BC Bow #2

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