Volunteers for FALL Novice Class

To sign up to help out the novices, please click on this link.

You can check the table below to see what dates are still available.

We will need four volunteers each day, except the first weekend, which will only need 3 volunteers.  

Classes meet 9:00 am to Noon every Saturday and Sunday.

The first class will not be on the water. There will be teaching them how to carry the boat, breaking down the stroke on the ergs, and learning about safety.  After that, all classes will be on the water.

Questions? email membership@capitalrowing.org or learntorow@capitalrowing.org


Volunteer 1
Volunteer 2 Volunteer 3 Volunteer 4
 Saturday, September 12

 Dorene Haney, Comp Women

 Avi Glandon, Comp Men Mary Ellsworth, SAW  XXXXXXXXXXXXX
 Sunday, September 13  Ted Leslie, Comp Men Avi Glandon, Comp Men Liza Gross, Club PM Mary Ellsworth, SAW
 Saturday, September 19  Abigail Potter, Club AM

 Sunday, September 20  Mary Ellsworth, SAW Juliet Macur, Club PM

 Sunday, September 27

 Mary Ellsworth, SAW

 Saturday, October 3

 Mary Ellsworth, SAW

Anne Iyer, Comp Women Brandon DuBois, Club AM
 Sunday, October 4

Mary Ellsworth, SAW


Saturday, October 10 Mary Ellsworth, SAW  Abigail Potter, Club AM  Brandon DuBois, Club AM
 Hallie Smith
Saturday, October 17
Brandon DuBois, Club AM
 Nhat Nguyen, Club PM

 Saturday, October 24


 Mary Ellsworth, SAW  Brandon DuBois, Club AM


Learn To Row Days

National Learn to Row Day at Capital

National Learn to Row Day sponsored by the United States Rowing Association. Capital Rowing Club will be the Washington DC Metro Area host for National Learn to Row Day.  Learn-to-Row Day is a fun, free clinic designed to introduce the sport of rowing through basic instruction on technique and equipment use.  Participants will have a chance to “row the Anacostia” in training barges and learn rowing technique on the ergometer (rowing machine).  No prior experience is necessary, and no advance sign-up is required.  For more information, please contact: Membership@capitalrowing.org. You can also check out the faqs!

When: 2011 date coming soon!!!!    1-4 PM (drop-in between those times and plan to spend about 2 hours)

Where: Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1900 M Street, SE

Learn to Row Days

Capital Rowing Club offers Learn To Row Days (LTRD) for non-members several times during the season. These sessions are open to the public.  Capital members teach the mechanics behind the rowing stroke on land and on water. You will learn the motion of the rowing stroke on the indoor rowing machine, called an ergometer or erg. Then you will move to the water and actually row in a rowing training barge. The barge is a wide-bottomed boat that provides a stable environment for learning the mechanics of rowing before trying them in the more narrow rowing shell.  You may even find yourself trying out the skills you just learned in a rowing shell! Check back on this page for future learn-to-row dates.

Learn To Row FAQ’s




1) Where are the classes located?


All classes take place at the Anacostia Community Boathouse located at 1900 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. 


2) Do I need to know how to row to take the class?

Nope! This class is designed for the person who has never touched an oar. You do not need to do anything to prepare for the class either.

3) Do I need to buy equipment?

Other than your fitted athletic clothing and a bottle of water to carry in the boat, you will not have to purchase anything else. Capital Rowing Club provides all the equipment you will need.

4) What if I am out of town one weekend or have to miss a class?

Don’t worry – it happens.  Just tell the coach that you missed class the week before and he will make sure that you are up to speed with whatever you have missed from the previous class.

5) What happens after the class?

Capital Rowing Club offers different sweep programs that should meet your needs.  We will have representatives from each program come down one day during the class to talk to you about the different options.  For a preview, please check out our programs online, and see what we offer!

6) Is there a cancellation policy?

Because of the limited space in each of the classes, once the class begins, we cannot offer a refund. However, if you need to cancel before the class begins, please contact the VP of Membership at membership@capitalrowing.org.

7) I see that the class I want to take is full – is there a waiting list?

Yep! Please email our VP of Membership at membership@capitalrowing.org and ask to be placed on the list.  Please be aware that the classes are filling up quickly, and so if one of the later classes works with your schedule, consider registering for that class. You can still be placed on the waitlist and if something opens up in the class that you prefer, the coordinator will let you know.

8) Do I need to take the first novice class in order to take the other ones?

Nope, each class is self-contained. Just pick the class that best fits your schedule.

9) What if I have other questions?

Please email the VP of Membership at membership@capitalrowing.org.



Big BBQ Grill Instructions

Reserve the grill by emailing Dan Early (DC Strokes) or Chris Cox (paddlers) since they are part owners along with Capital.  Other ACBA users are prohibited since only the three clubs meniotned above shared the grill purchase expense.  The grill is often used for Novice Sweep graduation, so coordination is helpful. 

The grill is stored under the southbound 11th Street Bridge spans, where we keep the boat trailers.  If it is not there, then the last users faield to return it to its proper place.

Set it up in front of the clubhouse, along the bike path.  Get at least two people to move it, one steering and one pushing.  It is heavy.  You may want to ask for volunteers to move it before your BBQ event.

How Much Charcoal?

Charcoal load depends on the number of servings.

  • Less than 50 people to feed: Use half of a 20-lb bag on half of one side of the grill
  • More than 50 but less than 100 people to feed: Use 3/4 to 1 full 40-lb bag of charcoal on a single side.
  • More than 100 people to feed: Use 2 full 40-lb bags on two sides.
  • More than 150 people to feed: Plan on 3 full 40-lb bags, reloading one side about halfway through.

Tips for Starting the Grill 

A shovel or garden spade is handy here

  1. Remove cooking grill from one/both sides.  There are 4 cooking surfaces/areas inside.
  2. Remove old ashes but do not disturb the lining (clay-like stuff) at the bottom.  Put ashes in trash bag and then in dumpster.
  3. Line bottom with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  4. Dump a pile of charcoal along the foil, mounding a ridge 4-5 briquettes high.
  5. If cooking hot dogs/chicken/Boca burgers, leave one cooking area about 2-3 briquettes high, otherwise it will be too hot.
  6. Liberally apply starter fluid (about 1/2 bottle per bag of charcoal).
  7. Wait for one minute.
  8. Light coals in 3-5 places.  Leave lids up while coals are starting.
  9. Once coals are mostly gray (about 20-25 minutes) spread them out so they are about one briquet thinck.

Tips for Cooking

  • This gets really, really really hot.
  • Keep lids closed except when turning or removing food.  The more oxygen allowed near the coals, the hotter the grill will get.
  • For small picnics, load grill surfaces all at once, shut lids and cookk.  Then turn all at once.  If its really hot (large picnic), then only load half a side, cook, and then when flipping the half, someone else loads the open spaces.
  • Gloves are highly recommended, especially ones with long sleeves, if you want to keep your arm hair.  Long-handled flippers are a must.
  • Have aluminum pans to keep food warm at once end (the one with few briquets).
  • Test burgers before serving.  If the grill gets too hot, burgers look done outside but are raw inside.
  • If using half of one side (<50), cooking times are fairly long, since the grill is built for much bigger picnics.  Don’t spread the coals out too much and keep the lids closed as much as possbile.