Rock Creek Rowing

Masters Rowing on the Potomac

Masters men and women, launching from Thompson Boat Center in Washington DC, where Rock Creek meets the Potomac.

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February 6: At our annual meeting today, we drank coffee, reviewed our 2014 season, looked forward to 2015, and elected our new board.  Thanks to outgoing board members, and welcome to our new board!

January 31: Congrats to RCR competitors at the 30th Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints (results), including medal winners Barbara Heck (gold in the Veteran B 2000M), Joe Bracewell (gold in Veteran D 500M sprint and bronze in the Veteran D 2000M), Ira Hayes (silver in the Ltwt Veteran A 2000M) and Chris Conroy (silver in Senior Ltwt 2000M).  Well done everyone!

January 20: Meet our new men's coach!

January 18: RCR members mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting - Friday, February 6, 7:30AM at the Leavey Center at Georgetown University. If you cannot attend, please be sure someone who can has your proxy.

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November 2: We closed out the 2014 racing season at the windy Head of the Occoquan (results, photos). On a course shortened for safety, seven crews braved the wind and chop to great results.  The women took gold in the 8+ and 4+, bronze in the 4+, and 4th and 5th in the 8+ and 4+ respectively.  The men placed 3rd in the 8+ and  5th in the 4+.  Thanks to everyone who helped make our season a success.  On to winter training!

October 27: Winter training starts December 2!  Online registration is open - see details here.

October 26: Great racing this weekend by our women's squad at the Head of the Schuylkill (results)! Two women's 8s took 3rd and 7th in the 50-59 age category (photos), and fours took 3rd and 6th in the same age group (photos). Overall the 50+ women's category was formidable, including several Olympians and racing faster than the 40-49 crews in both events. We close out the 2014 season next weekend at the Head of the Occoquan.


October 19: Two crews represented RCR at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta (results). Our Men's Senior Master 8+ (photos) came 41st of 55 entries.  The Women's Senior Master 4+ (photos) was 18th of 54 and secured a guaranteed entry for 2015 (more photos). RCR rowers also competed in the Men's Senior Master 4+  (photos) with Friends of Andover, and volunteered with the timing and logistics committees. Many thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement for our HOCR crews! Next up, RCR women head to Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

October 12: Another beautiful Fall race day saw 8 RCR crews in action at the Occoquan Chase (results, photos).  Two Women's 8s took second and fourth, the mens' 4 was third, women's 4s were second, third and fifth, and the women's 2x and men's 8 were third. Special thanks to everyone who worked hard to arrange the challenging logistics of ensuring we have the boats we need, especially President Linda and Ted Keany who found boats from no fewer than three high schools.  And thanks to our friends at B-CC, Wilson, and Bishop Ireton High Schools. Next up: Head of the Charles!

October 5: RCR's men had two entries in the Occoquan Challenge, taking 3rd in the 4+ and 4th in the 8+ (results, photos). The head races are coming fast and furious now, with the men and women returning to Sandy Run on October 12 for the Occoquan Chase.

September 28: Eight RCR crews - two women's 8s, a men's 8, three women's 4s and two men's 4s - took to our home water for the first head race of 2014 at PBC's Head of the Potomac (results).  We couldn't have asked for better weather, and made a solid start to the long race season.  Next up, RCR men take on the Occoquan Challenge and its 'big turn' on October 5.  Go RCR!

August 17: Eight members of RCR's women's team traveled to Grand Rapids, MI for the US Rowing Masters National Championships.  We competed in eight events, including entries in a single, double, four fours and two eights (results, photos).  Two four entries advanced to the finals, and the Women's Club E 4+ took silver in a photo finish over Annapolis! Congratulations ladies! 

July 27:
We enjoyed competitive racing and great weather this weekend at Diamond State Masters Regatta (results, photos).  Four sculling entries competed on Saturday: a men's double, a women's double, a women's lightweight double and a women's lightweight single.  The sweep team was in full force on Sunday with an 8 and two 4s on the men's side, and two 8s and four 4s for the women. The women's C-D 8 was a fast field, with one RCR 8 in 2nd by 1.1 seconds to Carnegie Lake, and the other taking 5th in the following heat, where the top three boats beat Carnegie Lake's winning time.  The men's 8 finished with open water on younger Annapolis and Alexandria crews, taking 2nd only to the St. Andrew's Alumni boat.  Great racing everyone!  The women move into preparations for USRowing's Masters National Championships August 14-17.

July 13:
 RCR had a full weekend of racing at two regattas this weekend.  One men's 8, two men's 4s and two women's doubles competed hard at Capital Rowing Club's Capital Sprints (results) with our women's lightweight double taking home the gold.  Two women's 8s and three fours raced Sunday at Occoquan Masters Sprints (results, photos), with golds to one 8 and two 4s, and our two women's doubles got another strong race in.  Keep up the good work getting ready for Diamond States!

June 28: More hardware for RCR crews today at Baltimore Rowing Club's Charm City Sprints (results)!  Eleven crews  raced with golds for a men's 4, a men's 8, a women's 4 and a women's 8. Special mention to the men's 4 who had a 28 second margin on the second place boat.  Thanks everyone for another great day of racing!  Next up: RCR will be at Capital Sprints July 12 and Occoquan Masters Sprints July 13.  Go RCR!

June 14:
Nine RCR crews competed at the Schuylkill Navy Regatta today (results). Three women's 4s and two men's 4s raced in the morning, with the two women's 4s battling to a photo finish three seconds apart, one of them winning over Carnegie Lake on age handicap. The women's double looked impressive racing to a 2nd place finish.  One women's 8 won in a photo finish (a .12 second margin on raw time), the other women's 8 beat Vesper's 8 by open water and narrowly missed beating their age handicap, and the men's 8 took third in a tight race, less then two seconds out of first on adjusted time. Thanks to everyone for a great day, and special thanks to our many coxswains, including rower coxswains Ira and Georgeann who took on swirling winds and fast currents to allow all our boats to launch.

June 1:
We kicked off another racing season at DC Strokes' Stonewall Regatta on the Anacostia River (results).  Nine crews raced, with a women's 8 taking home the gold - and the wine! Great start - go RCR!

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