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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the Capital Junior teams row?

What should I wear to practice?

What do I need to bring?

What should I expect at practice?

Is rowing dangerous?

 

 

 

 

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us! Rowing is a great sport, and we hope that you can join us in the fall!



 

 


Where do the Capital Junior teams row?

We are located in the Anacostia Community Boathouse.

 

Our new location is 1900 M St.,SE, Washington, DC, just west of the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge. We just moved,and this is a temporary facility, consisting of two large white temporary buildings (very, very big tents).

 

Metro: The nearest Metro is the Potomac Avenue Station (Blue/Orange line). It’s a halfmile walk to the boathouse. Walk from the station 1 block to Kentucky Ave and followthat to the Pennsylvania Ave bridge. You will have to cross the railroad tracks when you come down from the bridge. If this is not feasible for you, it will be a longer walk: go weston Potomac Ave to K St, follow K to 11th St, go South (left) on 11th to M, and left on M.Follow M for about a mile to the boathouse on the right. Be sure to walk to practice in groups.

 

From VA: Take I-395 North across the 14th Street Bridge.  Proceed past the Maine Avenue exit. Get into the left lane and head towards I-295.Proceed past the South Capitol Street exit.  Take the next exit for 6th Street SE/Navy Yard.  At the bottom of the ramp, go through the two lights.  At the next light, make a RIGHT onto 8th Street SE.  Proceed to M Street SE and take a LEFT. Go straight through the traffic lights, and continue on M St for about a mile until you get to the boathouse on the right. The road narrows and runs along the railroad tracks. Keep going past the Washington Yacht Club on the right. Please be careful.  The bike trail merges with the road, so you may need to make way for runners and bikers.   After you pass under the Pennsylvania Ave Bridge, you will pass a construction site.  The boathouse is the compound with the black fence just after the construction site.  The gate is located before the boathouse itself.


From MD: Take I-295 South. Pass exits East Capital Street & Pennsylvania Avenue. Take the exit for Suitland Parkway. DO NOT GET OFF THE RAMP.  Follow the ramp around a full 360 degrees and re-enter I-295 North. Take the first exit for Washington Navy Yard & I-395.Go over the bridge and get into the right middle lane. Merge right following signs for the Washington Navy Yard, immediately after crossing the bridge.  Take the fork in the road to the right. When you get to the stop sign where the road ends, take a right onto M St.  Follow M St until you get to the boathouse on the right.  The road narrows and runs along the railroad tracks. Keep going past the Washington Yacht Club on the right. Please be careful.  The bike trail merges with the road, so you may need to make way for runners and bikers.   After you pass under the Pennsylvania Ave Bridge, you will pass a construction site.  The boathouse is the compound with the black fence just after the construction site.  The gate is located before the boathouse itself.

 

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What should I wear to practice?

Shorts and a t-shirt are fine. Wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt (or long sleeve shirt) over your shorts and t-shirt. It is always slightly colder on the water, so you will need another layer for warmth. After the warm-up, you may find that you want shed some of your layers, then get back in them after the workout. Do not wear baggy shorts or long t-shirts, because they might get caught in the seat. Sneakers or running shoes are best for footwear. You will be taking your shoes off in the boat, so make sure you wear or bring socks. A hat, visor, or sunglasses are helpful in keeping the sun and glare from the waterout of your eyes. Do not wear rings, expensive non-athletic watches, bracelets, necklaces and other types of jewelry to practice.

 

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What do I need to bring?

All boats, oars, and other equipment is provided by Captial Rowing Club. You do need to bring a water bottle. There is plenty of room under your legs to store water, so bring two if you get very thirsty. You will be on the water for about two hours and you will need to stay hydrated. Also, bring sunscreen. Even in the fall, you can easily get burned.

 

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What should I expect at practice?

Rowing is a physically demanding sport that requires a lot of commitment. We expect that you attend every practice and come prepared to learn and have fun.We row rain or shine, so come down to the boathouse even if the weather is bad. Often,even when the weather is rotten where you are, it’s not so bad at the boathouse. The only things that keep us off the water are lightning and high wind, and if we see those, we will do land work. You never know, so come down anyway.

 

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Is rowing dangerous?

Rowing is a very safe sport. Though we are on the water, there is very little chance of falling in. Rowers will be taught the correct way to enter, sit in, and exit a boat so that it remains stable. Boats are always accompanied by a coach in a motorboat who is trained to deal with any unlikely emergency. Life preservers and other emergency equipment is stored in the coach’s boat. Individual life preservers can be worn if the rower is uncomfortable. 

 

Proper technique is important to avoid exercise related injuries. Coaches will constantly assess and instruct rowers in how to avoid problems. 

 

Rowing is rough on your hands. Expect to get blisters in the beginning. Your hands willeventually toughen. After the first day, you may want to put tape on the spots that are particularly sore. 

 

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The Capital Juniors Novice program seeks to introduce the sport of rowing to a new population of high school athletes. Rowers will train on indoor rowing machines, on rowing barges, and in racing shells. As the rowers progress, they will enter into competitive races. 

 

Absolutely no experience is required. Everyone is welcome to come and participate!

 

Rowers will learn every aspect of sweep rowing, including:

  • Basics of the rowing stroke and body mechanics
  • Fundamental boat topics such as set, run, ratio, and timing
  • Blade (oar) technique
  • Rowing terminology
  • Use of rowing machines (ergometers)
  • Introduction to training and racing
  • Boat safety
  • Equipment terminology and care

A typical practice might consist of the following activities:

  • A light jog and stretching
  • Land coaching via demonstrations on the ergometers (ergs)
  • Light erg sessions to practice technique and body mechanics
  • Rowing on the water using a training barge or in 8-person or 4-person rowing shells

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The fee for the Fall season will be $250.

 

The Capital Juniors Competitive Womens team provides high school rowers an opportunity to row in a competitive, race oriented environment during the fall season. The program is open to female high school athletes with at least one year of rowing experience.


Practices will be held Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:00PM during the Fall.


Regattas

-Head of the Potomac – September 26th

-Head of the Ohio – October 2nd (Tentative)

-Occoquan Chase – October 17th

-Head of the Anacostia – October 30th

-Head of the Occoquan – November 6th/7th