Regatta Schedule and Locations

2011 Regatta Schedule








June 5, 2011


Stonewall Regatta


ACBA Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE in Washington D.C.


June 18, 2011


Schuykill Navy Regatta


Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA


June 25, 2011

Rocketts Landing Regatta


4708 Old East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231


July 1-3, 2011


Independence Day Regatta


Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA


July 9, 2011


Cap Sprints


ACBA Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE in Washington D.C.


July 23-24, 2011

Diamond States Regatta

350 Noxontown Rd, Middletown, DE

August 11-14, 2011

USRA Masters Nationals Regatta      

Oklahoma River Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73129

August 20, 2011

Bayada Regatta

Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA

September 17, 2011


CRC Cross Club Combine


ACBA Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE in Washington D.C.


September 25, 2011


Head of the Potomac


Potomac Boat Club, 3530 Water Street NW, Washington D.C.


October 8, 2011 HOTA – Head of the Anacotia

ACBA Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE in Washington D.C.


October 9, 2011


Occoquan Challenge


Sandy Run Regional Park, Lorton, VA


October 16, 2011


Occoquan Chase


Sandy Run Regional Park, Lorton, VA


October 22-23, 2011    


Head of the Charles


Cabridge Boat Club, 2 Gerrys Landing Road, Cambridge, MA 02138


October 29, 2011


Head of the Schuykill


Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA


November 5, 2011


Head of the Occoquan


Sandy Run Regional Park, Lorton, VA


















Competitive Sculling


The Capital Rowing Club, a nationally competitive club rowing program, is dedicated to intensive training and conditioning in pursuit of successful racing while fostering teamwork and participating in the positive growth of our community through service and outreach.



Scullers that have prior rowing experience and are in good physical condition are encouraged to contact the Sculling and Small Boats Program representative ( so they may be evaluated for this program.  The rower should also have a solid understanding of sculling rowing technique and an interest in competing on a national level (juniors, club, open, and masters).  Exceptional sweep rowers with limited sculling experience, but strong erg scores and technique, will be considered.


  • Advanced small-boat concepts: skills, tactics, and strategies
  • Competitive level development: training, conditioning and nutrition

Admittance into the competitive program is done on an individual basis. The decision to accept a rower into the competitive program rests solely at the competitive coach’s discretion. All scullers will be evaluated based on a review of rowing experience and an assessment row.  Because the number of club boats suitable for racing is limited, scullers that require boathouse resources will, as a practical matter, be competing for limited spots based on boat availability. Typically, there is a high demand for mid-weight singles and doubles so that category may be the most competitive.

Interested rowers should submit erg scores taken within the previous year: Open and Juniors – 2k erg; Masters – 2k or 5k erg.   Rower evaluations are held late March through April (the competitive development period), however the competitive team will also consider individual try-outs mid-season. Masters should submit age category and recent racing experience.  Lightweights should submit racing weight and current weight.  When applying, please include relevant rowing and racing experience, erg scores (w/date taken), age category, current weight (for lightweights), and a sentence about racing goals.



The season runs from the end of March through the first week of November. Practices are held Monday through Friday at 5:30 am until 7:00 am.  Scullers will be certified to take out boats during off practice hours and weekends.  Scullers who take out club equipment during off-practice hours and weekends will need to register and pay for Basic Sculling, in addition to competitive scullng program fees.



 The Competitive Sculling Program will typically race the same races as the Competitive Sweep Program:  Capital Rowing Club competes in both Sprint (1000m, with some 2000m) and Head Races (up to 5000m or 3.1 miles).

Regattas typically occur on the weekends and are usually within a few hours driving distance from DC.

Capital’s Master’s Sprint season culminates in mid-August at the US Rowing Master’s Nationals which rotates location every year.  In 2011, US Master’s Nationals Regatta will be held in Oklahoma City on the Oklahoma River from August 11-14. 

The Head of the Charles is the highlight of Capital’s fall head season and will take place on Oct 22-23, 2011 in Boston/Cambridge, MA.



The Competitive Sculling Program has an extensive fleet of club boats (singles, doubles and quads).  However, certain boat classes (e.g., mid-weight) are more limited due to high demand than others. If you plan on using a privately owned single, please indicate ownership when applying for the program.

SAW Photo Gallery



Our FAB Coaches!   yeah!




SAW Program Co-Reps

Jim Smailes

Mary Ellsworth

 [  More coming soon  ]


SAW and PM End of Season Party, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

Capital Brewing, Union Station, Washington, D.C.


SAW Team Page



Seniors and Weekend Program Information

This page is for sharing weekly information on SAW Sunday morning workouts, the coaching schedule, and general information for SAW rowers.

      2013 SAW Coaches have not yet been decided

                Bob Brady,            email:

                     Ginger Hedegore, email:

                     Megan Silk,            email:

                     Dorene Haney       email:

                     Steve Neuman      email:

                    Ted Leslie              email:

SAW Program Co-reps

                    Jim Smailes         email:

                    Mary Ellsworth    email:

SAW Program workouts start at 7:00 AM on Sundays.  Plan to arrive by 6:50 or so and be ready to start line-ups at 7:00.    We plan to be off the water by 9 AM, and then rack the boats, clean up, etc..  Rowers often go to a nearby venue for coffee after practice.    Weather note:  Come on down to the river, rain or shine!  We’ll have some erg fun if we can’t get out on the water.


  scrnDOT  Weekly SAW Sign-Up   –  Let us know you’ll be rowing or coxing each week

 scrnDOT Coaching Schedule and Practice Plan – Who’s coaching, and the workout for this week

 scrnDOT  Practice Summaries – Read about how practice went each week

 scrnDOT  SAW Coxing Guidelines  – Learn about how you are a part of coxing for the SAW program

 scrnDOT  Rowing Terminology – Helpful rowing terms and commands to orient the novice and entertain the master





The CRC 2013 rowing season begins March 25!

SAW’s first practice will be 7AM Sunday, March 24, 2013.  Let’s kick off the season with breakfast after practice.  More soon…

 (plan to view the CRC Safety ppt presentation at noon, same day, & stay for BBQ)

SAW Program workouts start at 7:00.  Please arrive by 6:50.  


Saturday, March 9 –  Take Out Day  ALL HANDS NEEDED.  9AM until it’s done. 

Weds, March 13 – CRC Organizational Meeting @RFD, backroom bar  810 7th St NW, Washington, DC.  EVERYONE – old and new – are welcomed.  This is a get to know / meet and greet CRC event. Start getting excited for the 25th year of Capital Rowing Club.  Bring the uninitiated so they can learn about rowing opportunities on the Anacostia River.

Sat/Sun, March 16-17  NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo @the convention center.  Your rowing club has a booth. We are there to praise the glory of rowing, and the benefits to both health and fitness.         Please volunteer to hang out at the CRC booth, and represent!

Sunday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day parade   CRC has long represented at the parade, and it is simply a lot of fun.  We pass out fliers, we march in the parade, we “air row” down Pennsylvania Ave (really!).  We need rowers to decorate the float, walk in the parade, and attend a post parade happy hour.       Sign up to join the fun.


Sunday, March 24  –  Required Club Safety meeting     12 noon – 3pm



oarDOT  Weekly Practice Summaries

 [ Past Practice Summaries:   Spr/Sum/Fall 2011      Sp/Sum/Fall 2012 ]   

       Writers needed!  Please sign up to write a summary after practice


Sunday, March 24, 2013 



The Workout:

The Water:

 Après row:






“I can teach 90% of the rowing stroke in ten minutes. The other 10% will require you a lifetime of effort to learn.” — Coach Robert Valerian

launchDOT Coaching Schedule & Practice Plan 2013  shellparts

 Past Plans: [Spring/Summer/Fall 2011]   [Spring/Summer/Fall 2012]


    Spring Season     


March/April COACH


Sunday, 3/24





Sunday, 3/31





Sunday, 4/7




Sunday, 4/14





Sunday, 4/21




Sunday, 4/28



May/June COACH



Sunday, 5/5





Sunday, 5/12




Sunday, 5/19




Sunday, 5/26



Sunday, 6/2





Sunday, 6/9




glossaryDOT  Rowing Terminology and Help     

(Remember to use your Back Button to come back to the SAW Team Page)

ACBA Boathouse Tour Information  Boathouse, grounds, river and shoreline info


CRC Rowing Glossary

Types of rowing, rowing commands, technique-related terms


Peterborough City Rowing Club

Good introduction to crew layouts and boat terminology


BGSBC Idiots Guide to Rowing  – diagrams and vocabulary

Terms for Outside the Boat, Inside the Boat, Oars, and the Rowing Stroke


New Coxswains Guide at

Coxswain commands for getting the boat out, moving the boat, steering the boat


Coxing Dictionary at

Coxswain commands and definitions


Satellite view of the Anacostia, end to end     Click the image to enlarge & view bridge names





SAW program in the News!

July 2012 –  article about the SAW program ran in The Gazette in Montgomery County,

as well as The Fairfax County Times in Virginia.


NSJASSee Photos from the SAW End of Summer Season get-together



2012 SAW racing:

 Race Schedule:  GO SAW!!

June 3  Stonewall Regatta – DC Strokes, Anacostia river  [women’s 8+ and men’s 8+ ]

June 9  Charm City Sprints – Baltimore, MD   [women’s 4+ ]

June 23 Rocketts Landing Masters Regatta – Richmond, VA  [ women’s 4+ ]

July 7   Capital Sprints –  Capital Rowing Club, Anacostia river   [women’s 8+ & 4+ and men’s 8+ & 4+ ]

Sept 29  Head of the AnacostiaCapital Rowing Club, Anacostia river   [ women’s 8+, men’s 8+ ]

Sept 30  Scullers’ Head of the Potomac – Potomac Boat Club, Potomac river [click: mixed 8+ ]

Oct 7  Occoquan Challenge – Occoquan Resevoir, Fairfax, VA  [ – ]

Oct 14  Occoquan Chase – George Mason Rowing Assoc, Occoquan Resevoir, Fairfax, VA  [ – ]

Nov 4  Head of the Occoquan –  OBC, Occoquan Resevoir, Fairfax, VA  [ M8+ ]