Competitive Sweep

  • Guennadi Bratichko
  • Elena Bratichko

Club AM

  • Jonathan Clark

Club PM

  • Robert Brady
  • Steve Neumann

Seniors and Weekend Program

  • Ginger Hedegore
  • Robert Brady
  • Liz King

Novice Sweep

  • Robert Brady

Competitive Sculling

  • Ray Regan

Intermediate Sculling

  • Richard Fitzgerald
  • Michelle Fryc

Novice Sculling

  • Kelley O’Connell
  • John Imperial
  • Kate Bonner


  • Nathan Ballou
  • Rachel Blessing
  • Mark Coleson
  • Steve Neumann
  • Rachel Humphreys


  • Meredith Miller
  • Patrick Johnson
  • Nathan Ballou


Welcome & Mission


Capital Rowing Club is committed to bringing rowing opportunities and excellence in rowing to the diverse community of the Anacostia River and the larger Washington DC area. Capital is a volunteer-directed, non-profit, educational organization offering rowing instruction for people of all ages, income, and levels of physical ability. Capital Rowing Club offers the benefits of recreational and competitive rowing– discipline, camaraderie, fitness, knowledge of water safety, and the appreciation for the Anacostia River as a valuable natural and recreational resource—to everyone.



Member Handbook

Member Handbook

Table of Contents

Welcome to Capital Rowing Club Coxswains and Coxing
Club Officers and Contact Information Novice Rowing Programs
Membership Boathouse
Rowing Programs
Racing and Regattas Uniforms and Club Merchandise
Volunteer Activities Club Manuals

Welcome to Capital Rowing Club

Mission Statement

Capital Rowing Club is committed to bringing rowing opportunities and excellence in rowing to the diverse community of the Anacostia River and the larger Washington DC area. Capital is a volunteer-directed, non-profit, educational organization offering rowing instruction for people of all ages, income, and levels of physical ability. Capital Rowing Club offers the benefits of recreational and competitive rowing– discipline, camaraderie, fitness, knowledge of water safety, and the appreciation for the Anacostia River as a valuable natural and recreational resource—to everyone.


Capital Rowing Club is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization run solely by volunteers. Formed in 1988, Capital has grown into a nationally competitive team. Capital offers novice, intermediate and competitive programs in sweep rowing and sculling. CRC is located at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1105 O Street, SE, between the 11th Street Bridge and the Washington Navy Yard.

Community Involvement

As a non-profit organization, CRC depends entirely on the talents and energies of members and volunteers and the generosity of sponsors. Thanks to generous donors, Capital has made significant progress towards reaching our ultimate goal of making rowing an accessible, affordable and fun activity for all the residents of Washington, DC. Some of our community-focused accomplishments from the past seasons include:

  • Learn-to-Row Days: one-day free instructional clinics to introduce rowing in Southeast DC to the general public;
  • Youth Sports Day: an effort to promote Olympic sports throughout the region and to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity for our children;
  • Professionals in the City: social networking event that brought together people with a common interest in learning how to row;
  • Cornell University Alumni Event: Cornell University Crew alumni reception hosted by CRC;
  • Georgetown University and The George Washington University Crews: CRC hosted Georgetown and GWU crew practices during unsafe water conditions in the Potomac, in an effort to extend camaraderie and sportsmanship within the local rowing community;
  • Novice Programs: intensive and comprehensive programs that teach rowing to people from all groups in the community;
  • Barracks Row Oktoberfest: 8th Street festival where CRC demonstrated rowing and introduce the activities at the Anacostia Community Boathouse.

Club Officers and Contact Information

Board of Directors

Capital Rowing is lead by an elected group of board members. Board meetings are held once a month and are open to all. Dates and locations of meetings are announced through the listserv.

Board Members


Member Dues

Capital rowing club’s members dues are based on three seasons per year, starting in late March and running through early November. Each season is approximately 10 weeks long. Below are lists of current programs and membership dues:

Program Membership (2013)
Fees (2013
Annual Membership $ 175
Club-AM $ 135
Club-PM $ 90
Competitive (Men & Women) $ 180
INR $ 90
Basic Sculling $ 55
Intermediate Sculling $ 100
Competitive Sculling $ 180
Single (1x) Rack Fee $ 105
Double (2x) Rack Fee $ 130
Seniors & Weekends $ 32
Novice Sweep (per class) $ 300
Novice Sculling (member) $ 200
Novice Sculling (non-member) $ 250

Rowers in the Competitive and Club programs are allowed one week of rowing before dues must be paid. Then, payment is due in full, or prorated for the session if you join the Club after a session has begun. After the one-week grace period, the rower will not be allowed to row unless dues have been paid in full OR unless prior arrangement has been made with your program representative, for an alternative payment schedule.


Club members should provide an email address to their respective Program Representatives to be included in their individual programs’ listservs and the everybody listserv. Members registered for multiple programs should contact each program’s representative.

Members should place their e-mail address on the club lists as soon as possible to avoid missing any club announcements.

Club-Related Expenses

Beyond paying membership dues, some Capital members may also incur other expenses throughout the year. The major ones are:

  • Transportation, food, and lodging related to regattas
  • CRC clothing or uniforms
  • CRC fund raising events or donations

Rowing Programs

Program Description Practice Schedule
Program Rep or Contact
Competitive Sweep Rowing
For the serious rower who wishes to attend and win at regattas

M – F
5:20 am –
7:00 am

Club-AM Sweep Rowing (Morning)
For the rower who wishes to develop the skills needed to become a competitive rower.
M – F
5:00 am –
6:40 am
Club-PM Sweep Rowing (Afternoon)
For the rower who wishes to develop rowing skills in a structured but relaxed atmosphere.
M – Th
6:30 pm –
8:00 pm*
Sculling & Small Boats Program
cullers and rowers active at the recreational, competitive masters, and elite levels. Includes competitive and intermediate levels.
Contact Program Rep for details.
Senior & Weekend Rowing
The Senior and Weekend (“SAW”) program is for novice and experienced rowers of all ages, who wish to continue participating in the sport of rowing in a relaxed, coached environment once a week, on the weekend.
7:00 am –
9:00 am

Jim Smailes (


* Club-PM schedule moves to 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm during mid-September due to low-light conditions. Club-PM Fall season ends mid- to late October. Club-AM and SAW programs usually extend invitations to Club-PM rowers until the end of the rowing season.


Racing and Regattas

Race Fees

Race Fees are $15 per race. Fees must be given to the appropriate Program Representative before race day (except for US Nationals, Masters Nationals and the Head of the Charles Regattas for which race fees will be determined according to cost to the Club). Checks should be made to Capital Rowing Club.

Capital Rowing Club participates in approximately 14 regattas throughout the year. Depending on your particular program and situation, you may race at all, some, or none of these regattas.


Line-ups are made at the discretion of the coaches. To be included in a line-up, members must inform their respective Program Representatives, before the race deadline, that they would like to participate in a particular race. Calls for races are announced via the listserv. Capital participates in sprint and head races.

Loading and Unloading Equipment

Members participating in a regatta that requires transporting boats and equipment to the race site must load their equipment on the trailer before the race and unload them after the race.

Scullers loading their own or club equipment should contact the Sculling & Small Boats Representative and the Transportation Captain to ensure room on the trailer.

Capital Sprints and Head of the Anacostia

Capital hosts Capital Sprints in July and the Head of the Anacostia (HoTA) in the fall. Volunteer opportunities for members are available for both events.


Volunteer Activities

All club members must participate in Take Out and Put Away days at the beginning and end of each year. All club members are expected to assist in at least one community-focused activity per season (spring, summer, and fall). These activities may include helping to coach the novice classes, assisting with Capital’s youth activities, planning and assisting in the Community Learn-to-Row days, participating in the Anacostia River Clean Up Day, helping plan fundraising activities, etc.

Announcements for volunteer opportunities are sent via the listserv. Program Representatives for each program can also provide information for volunteer services.


Club Equipment

Sweep Boats
Capital’s sweep boats are available for use during scheduled, coached practice sessions.

Small Boats
Club-owned singles, doubles, and pairs maybe taken out by a small-boat certified club member. All participants must sign out before going out on the water. Contact the Sculling and Small Boats Program Representative for more information; or consult the Sculling and Small Boats Manual.

The club-owned quad is available for use during coached practice sessions.

Cox Boxes and Launch Equipment
Cox boxes, PFDs, radios, and other tools are kept in the back office of the boathouse. They are available only when the office is unlocked.

Launches and Barges
Launches may only be used by coaches during practice sessions or by certified launch drivers during club-hosted events. Barges may be used under the supervision of a coach.

Ergometers are located in the main boathouse building and the second building on the left. Capital ergometers are identified by stickers and labels.

Repairs and Damages

Report needed repairs and damages in the repair log sheet located in front of the sculling table. The clipboard is posted on the rack to the left of the middle bay upon the boathouse entrance.

Coxswains and Coxing

Designated coxswains are exempt from fees and dues. All club members take turns coxing for their individual programs during practices and races if there are no or not enough designated coxswains. Refer to the Coxswains’ Manual for more details.

Novice Rowing Programs

Novice Sweep and Sculling Dues

Individuals interested in participating in the novice sweep program should register through Regatta Central ( Payments can be made online or by check. Other arrangements must be made with the VP of Membership ( or the Novice Sweep Coordinator prior to the first day of class. Each class size is limited to 24 novices. Cancellations must be given in writing to the VP of Membership one week prior to the first day of the class in order to receive a refund.

Individuals interested in participating in the novice sculling program should contact the Sculling and Small Boats Representative.

Applicant assumes responsibility for any bank charges incurred by Capital Rowing Club as a result of either non-sufficient funds and/or stop payments on said check or credit card transaction.

Novice Practice Schedule

Refer to Capital’s website ( for the novice practice schedule. Weekend and weekday classes are available.


Club Dues Policy for transitioning Novice Graduates to Club Programs:

 1) Annual Membership Dues:  Capital Rowing Club Members pay Annual Membership Dues each calendar year.  Novice graduates whose class ends in the Spring or Summer are only required to pay half annual dues in the year that they graduate. For classes ending in the Fall, annual dues are waived.

 2) Program Dues:  The Capital Rowing Club year is broken into three seasons; Spring, Summer and Fall, generally lasting ten to eleven weeks.  Novice graduation is rarely concurrent with the start of a season. Therefore, if there are 4 weeks or less left in the season, program dues are waived for that season.  The novice graduate pays full program dues the following season. If there are 5 weeks or more left in a season, then full program dues are required to participate in the program.


Anacostia Community Boathouse Association (ACBA)

Capital Rowing Club shares the boathouse, facilities, and the river with other ACBA members. High schools that row out of the boathouse include: Academy of the Holy Cross, Bishop Ireton HS, Gonzaga HS, and Wakefield HS. American University Rowing and DC Strokes Rowing Club also row out of the boathouse. Visit, for more information.

Lost and Found

The lost and found area is located at the back of the boathouse next to the office.

First Aid

The first aid station is located next to the restroom towards the back of the boathouse.

Personal Belongings

Lockers, located next to the restroom, have limited availability. Locks are not provided.

There is a mounted key rack in front of the bulletin board, located towards the back of the boathouse. The key rack is on the left boat rack, if you are facing the river.

Capital is not responsible for personal belongings stolen or damaged in the boathouse. Keep belongings safe by storing them in the vehicle or not bringing them to the boathouse.

Boathouse Duties

Along with other ACBA members, Capital participates in maintaining the boathouse facilities. Club programs and members take turns with cleaning duties throughout the season. This is yet another volunteer opportunity.

Locking Up and Closing

If you are the last person to leave the boathouse at a particular time of the day or night, turn off the lights and close the gates and the doors.



Capital’s Safety Manual

Capital rowing club is dedicated to providing a safe rowing environment for our club members.  All members are required to read and to familiarize themselves with the Safety Manual .  

Practice Cancellation

Capital reserves the right to allow any of the following people to cancel any scheduled practice or event for safety reasons: President, Vice-Presidents, and any coach.  Refunds will not be given. 



Capital uniforms and other club merchandise are available to club members by contacting  the Clothing and Capital Gear Representative.

Club Manuals

  • Safety Manual

  • Sculling and Small Boats Manual

  • Operations Manual

  • Novice Sweep Manual

  • Coxswain Manual