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.



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
  • 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.



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+)


Senior and Weekend (SAW) Rowing






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 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 Members

Board of Directors for the 2010 Season


Kelley O’Connell

Vice-President of Operations

Gretchen Abell

Vice-President of Resources

Deborah Pianko

Vice-President of Membership

Brett Rini


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


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



Directions to Capital Rowing Club

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Please click here for special directions for Cap Sprints!


If you’re driving:
For Google Maps directions to Capital Rowing Club click here.


From Virginia:
Take I-395 North across the 14th Street Bridge. Proceed past the Maine Avenue exit. Get into the LEFT lane and head towards I-295. Proceed past the South Capital Street exit. Take the next exit for 6th Street SE/Navy Yard. At the bottom of the ramp, continue through the two lights. Make a RIGHT onto 8th Street SE. Proceed to M Street SE and take a LEFT. Continue on M Street SE for approximately 1 ½ miles to the Anacostia Community Boathouse.  (Note: shortly after passing the traffic circle, M Street becomes a narrow two-lane road.) Park in designated areas inside the chain linked fence.  

From Maryland:
Follow I-295 South to the exit for I-695 West. Take the exit for M Street/Washington/Navy Yard. Turn RIGHT onto M Street and go approximately 1 mile to the Anacostia Community Boathouse. The road narrows after the traffic circle and runs along the railroad tracks, please use caution for pedestrians and cyclists. Park in the designated areas inside the chain linked fence. 


From Metro:

The nearest Metro is the Potomac Avenue Station (Blue/Orange line), a 15 minute walk. Exit the metro and turn left, walk down Potomac avenue 2 blocks, take a RIGHT on Kentucky for one block to it’s end, then take a left and walk down the hill and across the crosswalk on to the Anacostia River Trail. This is a bike path that goes over the train tracks and to the water, and you’ll see the boathouse on the water as your walking over the tracks. This is a good way to bike too!


About Capital

About Us
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,