Graduates of a novice rowing program that know how to swim and have a strong desire to become a better rower, as well as experienced rowers, are welcome to row with Club PM.
Capital’s afternoon club rowing program (“Club PM”) strives to provide a welcoming and challenging environment to rowers of all experience levels, from those who have just completed Capital’s novice program to rowers with experience competing at the collegiate and masters level. Club PM focuses on skill development and improvement through regular
practice and competition in local regattas. Racing is encouraged but not required of club members. Club PM aims to highlight the social aspect of rowing by organizing weekly dinners/happy hours after practice, and by encouraging its members to become active volunteers in Capital’s numerous community programs.
- Improve basic rowing technique, building on novice class work
- Introduction to more advanced rowing concepts
- Improve strength and conditioning
- Basic rigging
Capital’s Club PM crews train for improvement. Being a part of the Club PM program at Capital means joining a team of rowers that participates in community and club events as well as practices. Club PM rowers are expected to participate in a minimum of two Capital volunteer events per membership year.
There are no attendance requirements for the Club PM program; however, consistency is encouraged.
Attendance at regattas and erg tests are completely optional and will be supported if the desire exists to do so.
Practices are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30pm until 8:00pm through the rowing season (rain or shine). It is also not unusual for the Club PM program to head out for drinks and pizza after Thursday’s practice.
Club PM rowers are welcome and encouraged to participate in regattas if there is interest among the rowers.
- 8 man coxed sweep boats (8+)
- 4 man coxed sweep boats (4+)
SENIORS AND WEEKEND ROWING (SAW) PROGRAM
Experienced and novice rowers of all ages that are in good physical condition, are encouraged to contact the SAW Program Representative so they may be evaluated for this program. The rower should also have a general understanding of sweep rowing technique and boat issues such as set, run and timing.
Attendance to the SAW program practices is relaxed; however, consistent participation is encouraged.
Practices are held Sundays (an occassionally on Saturdays) from 7:00 am until 9:00 am (rain or shine). If a regatta is scheduled at the boathouse on a weekend day, practices will move to minimize conflicts. Those attending the SAW Program for the first time should email the SAW Program Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org before coming down to the boathouse to ensure practice will be taking place on the day you plan to arrive.
For the 2012 Spring Season we will be rowing mostly on Sundays due to coaching conflicts on Saturdays.
Our first row of the season will be on Sunday, April 1, at 7:00 am. We will be off the water by 9:00 am.
Practices will usually consist of the following:
- Light stretching
- Land coaching, demonstrations on the erg
- Light erg session to practice body mechanics
- On the water rowing in various sweep and sculling shells
- On the water coaching provided from a chase launch
Capital’s Senior and Weekend rowers participate in regattas as they wish. Although competition isn’t the main focus of the program, those wanting to experience racing are well supported. In addition, time handicaps are sometimes given based on age categories which help to even the playing field for all rowers.
The SAW Program is filled with a variety of people of all ages whose common bond is their interest in the sport of rowing and the desire to row in a relaxed environment.
Senior and weekend rowers use a variety of sculling and sweep boats depending upon their background and experience. Generally the following boats are used:
8 rower coxed sweep boats (8+)
4 rower coxed sweep boats (4+)
Board of Directors for the 2010 Season
Program Representatives for the 2010 Season
About Capital Rowing Club
Capital Rowing Club (CRC) is the home of community rowing in the Nation’s capital. Each morning before daybreak, nearly 80 CRC rowers push off the docks into the waters of the Anacostia River, the reserved waterway that flows through the southeastern neighborhoods of Washington D.C.
Founded in 1988, CRC is home to an active membership of more than 250 men and women from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Situated on the banks of the historic Anacostia River, Capital offers sweep and sculling programs for all ability levels, ranging from novice programs for people of all ages and abilities new to the sport to competitive racing for veteran rowers, some with decades of rowing experience.
Under the leadership of the husband and wife coaching team of Guennadi and Elena Bratichko (herself a former Olympian), CRC has developed a competitive racing program that has earned local and national respect. CRC has repeatedly raced to top-five finishes at U.S. Rowing’s Masters National Championships, as well as prominent races such as the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia and the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. CRC’s club rowing programs, which have morning and afternoon schedules, accommodate rowers of different ages and varying levels of experience. In addition, CRC introduces rowing to the community with novice rowing instruction programs. Rowers with CRC enjoy not only river views of the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and the brand-new Washington Nationals’ baseball park, but also the Washington Navy Yard, Haines Point, historic Fort McNair and Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Each year, CRC also introduces more than 80 rowers to the sport through its top-tier Novice Program. On Saturday and Sunday mornings between mid-April and late August, CRC rowers volunteer to help new rowers discover the challenge and achievement offered by rowing. In addition, CRC annually hosts U.S. Rowing’s National Learn to Row Day, which over the past three years has provided more than 500 area residents an opportunity to discover rowing in a single afternoon.
CRC is an active part of the vibrant and diverse Capitol Hill and Anacostia neighborhoods in Washington D.C. Each summer, CRC routinely holds rowing camps for area youth, giving them a chance to explore and enjoy the Anacostia River while developing the strength, discipline, teamwork, and camaraderie that comes with rowing. Over the years CRC has partnered with several area schools to establish rowing programs. Additionally, CRC works with St. Peter’s Interparish School to provide their students with river access, the centerpiece of the school’s science curriculum.
CRC’s efforts to develop and promote rowing on the Anacostia reached a milestone in 2003 with the dedication of the Anacostia Community Boathouse. The 7000 square foot facility, once used by D.C. to repair lawnmowers, is now home to two community rowing clubs, four high-school rowing teams, one collegiate rowing team, and dragon boaters and outrigger canoeists, who together bring as many as 300 people a day down to the Anacostia River.
The largest community-based rowing organization in Washington D.C., CRC is organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) managed solely by volunteers and is devoted to bringing rowing opportunities to the nation’s capital. More information on CRC programs is available through the Club’s official website, www.capitalrowing.org.