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Capital Adaptive athletes brought home a number of medals after competing in the East Coast’s key adaptive regatta, the Bayada Adaptive Regatta in Philadelphia, PA. To see results and photographs from the event, please visit


Upcoming Events

Capital Adaptive’s Fall Season began on August 27. Athletes are now training for fall head races, including the Head of the Anacostia in September, and the Head of the Ohio and the Head of the Charles in October.


The Program

In keeping with its proud tradition of community involvement, Capital Rowing Club started the Capital Adaptive Rowing Program in 2009.Now in its third full year, the Program’s focus is introducing adaptive athletes to recreational and competitive rowing, both in sweep and sculling boats.

Capital Adaptive has been working closely with its partners – the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Sport Program– to build a program to serve the Washington area’s population of disabled military veterans and civilians. In a very short amount of time, we are able to get our athletes on the water to enjoy the rehabilitative benefits of rowing.


If you would like to learn more about rowing with Capital Adaptive, please send an email to, or visit us on Facebook at


Mission Statement

Capital Rowing Club created the Capital Adaptive Rowing Program to introduce the sport of rowing, through its community-based rowing programs, to individuals with disabilities including spinal cord injuries, amputations, and visual and cognitive impairments.


Capital Rowing Club created the Capital Adaptive Rowing Program to introduce the sport of rowing, through its community-based rowing programs, to individuals with disabilities including spinal cord injuries, amputations, and visual and cognitive impairments.

To learn more about the U.S. Paralympic Sport Clubs Network, please click here.

New Boathouse Orientation (Scullers)

General Guidelines

  • Keep the new boathouse neat and clean.
  • Always make sure you can get in the boathouse when you go out on the water.  Don’t get locked out.
  • If you’re the last one out, turn off the lights, turn off the fans, close and lock the bay doors, check to see that the doors to the buildings are closed and locked.  Lock the main gate on your way out.


Private boat owners and scullers registered for basic sculling should have keys.  Keys open all doors, except the bathrooms and showers.  When you go on the water, always make sure you have keys to get in the boathouse.  Just because the boathouse doors were open when you launched does not mean they will be open when you dock.


Sculling Table

Located between bay doors 3 and 4, in front of the sculling oar racks.  Remember everyone needs to sign the sculling log–that has not changed.


Area Between Racks

Keep these areas clear.  Do not leave your boat in slings.  Do not leave slings or anything else in these areas.



Lights switches are located behind Capital sweep oar racks (bay door 2, I think).



Switch to turn on/off the fan are located behind DC Strokes sweep oar racks (bay door 1) and behind BI sweep oar racks (bay door 4).



Capital slings are located in bay door one along the wall, between the doubles racks and singles racks.  They will be bundled together and locked.



Steps are located all over.  They are yellow.


Supply/Tool Shed

Located in the smaller tent.  Capital’s supply room is the right door if you are standing between the two buildings.  The area is labeled and locked.  The combination for the lock is the same as in the old boathouse (this will change, though).



Don’t leave your shoes on the dock.  The dock is narrow and your shoes might be knocked in the water.  Keep it by the fence.  Keep the dock and the ramps clear.


Area Between the Two Buildings

Keep this area clean.  Do not park your car, bike, skateboard, etc. between the two buildings. 


Fence by the Dock/Ramps

Because of narrow dock space, sweep rowers will keep their oars here instead of the dock.  Keep this area clear. 


Bike Racks

Located by the bathroom/shower ramps (behind the green porta-johns), as you enter the gate and approach the supply shed.

Help Raise Funds for a New Club Eight

 Help Us Raise $10,000 to Buy a NEW Vespoli Eight for the Club Programs!


Capital Rowers, Alumni, and Friends,

The Capital Flight, the most rowed shell in our fleet, is showing its age and it’s time to replace it.  The Board of Capital Rowing Club has announced its support to acquire a new Vespoli Eight for the Club Rowing Programs.  It has allocated $15,000 towards the purchase of a $25,000 shell, if members can raise $10,000.

This new shell will provide a racer’s edge to the Club Programs.  And it will be the first new shell purchased for the Club Programs since the Capital Spirit was acquired.

We want to raise $10,000 by July 1st.  Any funds raised in excess of our goal will be put towards a new Wakeless Coaching Launch.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE (designate the funds with the words “Club Eight”)


send a check to:

Capital Rowing Club – Club Eight Project

P.O. Box 66211
Washington, D.C.  20035-6211


Capital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations is tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support!

Questions?  Contact Michael J. Brown, Development Director
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Annual Gala – Donors & Supporters 2011




Gala Raises over $10,000


 Capital Rowing Club held its annual Gala in Eastern Market’s North Hall on May 14, 2011. The event included a silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as a gypsy jazz band, The Bitter Dose Combo. Fellow rower Peter Courtney photographed the evening’s festivities.

 The Gala was a huge success. The silent auction and ticket sales yielded over $10,000 for the Club. All proceeds are used to cover the Club’s operations as a non-profit, volunteer-run organization aiming to provide the most reasonably-priced rowing programs in the Washington, DC area.

The dedication and drive of the Club’s 200+ members made this success possible. Special thanks are extended to President Kelley O’Connell and to fellow Gala Committee Steering Club members Michael Zgoda, Mary Dobmeier, Therea Tenaglia, Jim Smailes, Greg Fuller, Shannon Stichman and Allison Eydt.

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