Competitive Sweep Rowing

Mission:

The Capital Rowing Club Competitive Team, a nationally competitive club rowing program, is dedicated to intensive training and conditioning in pursuit of successful racing while fostering teamwork and participating in the positive growth of our community through service and outreach.


Overview:

Rowers that have prior rowing experience and are in good physical condition are encouraged to contact the Competitive Men’s Program Representative Ralph Stedman   (competitive.men@capitalrowing.org) or Competitive Women’s Program Representative Mary Jordan  (competitive.women@capitalrowing.org) so they may be evaluated for this program.  The rower should also have a solid understanding of rowing technique and boat issues such as set, run and timing.  Age for competitive master’s rowers is over 21 (In 2011, the competitive team mean age was 35).  Capital’s Competitive Team is coached by two former elite-level rowers who won both Olympic and World Championship medals.


Objectives:

  • Competitive level program
  • Advanced boat concepts
  • Competitive level conditioning
  • Erg testing
  • High level competition

Admittance into the competitive program is done on an individual basis with no set guidelines. The decision to accept a rower into the competitive program rests solely at the competitive coaches’ discretion. Interested rowers must submit a 2K erg score before try-outs, including 500m, 1000, 1500m, and 2000m splits. Team try-outs are held the first week of practice in late March and the last week in August, however the competitive team will also consider individual try-outs mid-season. The first 2000m erg test for the 2012 season is tentatively set for Sunday, March 25 at 9:00am. Please contact team reps for more information.

The Capital Competitive Men’s and Women’s programs enjoy a balance of racing and club spirit. Crews train hard but also pitch in to accomplish whatever needs to be done from loading trailers to repainting oars or helping out novice rowers. Being a part of the competitive program at Capital means joining a team of rowers that participate in community and club events as well as regattas and practices. Competitive rowers are expected to participate in a minimum of two Capital volunteer events per membership year.


Attendance:

The competitive rower is highly encouraged to attend all practices, regattas and erg tests unless the coach has given prior special exception.  We do understand that work and family obligations take priority, but ever effort should be made to maximize participation. The rowing season runs from the end of March through the first week of November.


Workouts:

Practices are held Monday through Friday at 5:20 am until 6:50 am of the rowing season (rain or shine).  Erg tests are given periodically throughout the year and generally occur on the weekends.


Racing:

Capital’s Competitive Men and Women row in both Sprint (1000m, with some 2000m) and Head Races (up to 5000m or 3.1 miles). Regattas typically occur on the weekends and are usually within a few hours driving distance from DC. Capital’s spring season culminates in mid-August at the US Rowing Master’s Nationals which rotates locations every year.  In 2012, US Master’s Nationals Regatta will be held in Worcester, Mass on Lake Quinsigamond from August 9-12.

The Head of the Charles is highlight of Capital’s fall head season and will take place on Oct 20-21, 2012 in Boston/Cambridge, MA.

 

Equipment: Vespoli

  • 8 man coxed sweep boats (8+)
  •  4 man coxed sweep boats (4+)

Club AM – Sweep Rowing (Morning)

 

Capital’s Club AM sweep rowing program is designed for rowers with some previous experience and meets for practice Monday through Friday at 5:00 am, rain or shine. If you rowed in college or high school, or have learned to row at CRC or elsewhere, we welcome you to join us. The Club AM coaches will determine whether a potential participant is prepared to continue with the program. While there is a broad spectrum of experience among Club AM rowers, those with less experience will be encouraged to practice more frequently than the 3 sessions per week program requirement. All interested rowers should contact the the Club AM Representative for more information; club-am@capitalrowing.org

 


Club AM strives to provide a fun 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.

Members of this program enjoy a balance of racing and club spirit. The men and women of Club AM train hard and are encouraged, but not required, to participate in races. In addition to practicing on the water, rowers take turns coxing and completing workouts on the erg.

Being a part of the Club AM program at Capital means joining a team that participates in community and club events as well as regattas and practices. Rowers are expected to participate in a minimum of two Capital volunteer events per membership year. Members pitch in to accomplish whatever needs to be done; from loading trailers to repainting oars or helping out novice rowers. Club AM rowers also enjoy social events off the water such as post-practice breakfasts and happy hours.

Objectives:

– Refinement of body mechanics
– Emphasis on boat issues such as set, run and timing
– Development of both sprint and head racing tactics
– Coxing
– Physical conditioning
– Basic rigging

Racing:

Club AM participates in both Sprint (1000m-2000m) and Head Races (up to several miles), in either 4+ or 8+ oared shells. Regattas typically occur on the weekends and are usually within a few hours driving distance from the Anacostia Community Boathouse.

In the 2011 season, Club AM participated in several Sprint and Head Races, including the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, Capital Sprints, Head of the Potomac, Head of the Anacostia, the Occoquan Challenge, and the Head of the Occoquan, among others.

 

 

Club PM – Sweep Rowing (Afternoon)

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.


Mission:

 

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.

 

Objectives:

  • Improve basic rowing technique, building on novice class work
  • Introduction to more advanced rowing concepts
  • Improve strength and conditioning
  • Coxing
  • 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.

 

Attendance:

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.

 

 

 

Workouts:

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.

 

 

 

Racing

Club PM rowers are welcome and encouraged to participate in regattas if there is interest among the rowers.

 

 

 

Equipment

  • 8 man coxed sweep boats (8+)
  • 4 man coxed sweep boats (4+)

 

Senior and Weekend (SAW) Rowing

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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

Attendance to the SAW program practices is relaxed; however, consistent participation is encouraged.

 

Workouts

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 seniors@capitalrowing.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

Racing

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.

 

Teammates

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.

 

Equipment

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 Members

Board of Directors for the 2010 Season

President

Kelley O’Connell

Vice-President of Operations

Gretchen Abell

Vice-President of Resources

Deborah Pianko

Vice-President of Membership

Brett Rini

Secretary

Chris Erling

Development Director

Michael Brown

Social Director

Anne Iyer

Community Programs

Meredith Miller

Race Czarina

Christina Erling

Clothing and Capital Gear

Shannon Stichman

Transportation Captain

Dave Barksdale

Webmaster

Thomas Peng

Board Member

Nathan Ballou

Board Member

Kyle Bates

Board Member

Peter Courtney

Board Member

Rebecca Friend

Safety Captain TJ Riley
Capital Sprints Director Sue & Craig McKay
ACBA Rep & ACBA President Jennifer Ney
ACBA Representative Tom Dalton

 

Program Representatives for the 2010 Season

Club AM Abigail Potter
Club PM Darby Wiggins
Sculling and Small Boats Program Abigail Constantino
Seniors & Weekends Jim Smailes
Competitive Men Michael Zgoda
Competitive Women Fana Gebeyehu-Houston