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Dues and Rowing Fees for 2021 considering Covid precautions

SPRING Season-Rowing Membership 2021

  • Full member $275
  • Provisional member $50
  • Plus Pay as You Row: $10 per sweep seat

On the water rowing practices for team boats (our 8’s), will begin April 20. This current plan will be effective through May 20. We will row on Tuesdays and Thursdays only at this time.  Eligibility to row will be based on being fully vaccinated plus a minimum of two weeks, though Kevin Fennelly, our expert on the subject, has communicated to us that three weeks is the general timeline for the development of long-lasting antibodies and for acquired cellular immunity for most infections. He also reminds us that no vaccine is 100% effective.

If you have received your first or second vaccine, please tell us by either


  • e-mailing vaccine dates to both team captains, Danna Katzman ( and Marc Pfeiffer (, so they can update our list of who is vaccinated or in the process of being vaccinated.

Full Member:  $275

This is for previous members of Rock Creek Rowing who wish to row with us for the 2021 season. Fee goes towards, but does not cover, all the fixed RCR costs for rack space, insurance, etc.  Paying the fee helps ensure that RCR will continue to exist! 

Provisional Member: $50

This is for those who wish to try out for the team.  A time frame for trying out has not been established yet. We know several of you have been sticking it out since winter training 2019! We hope to make that happen as soon as we are able.

Eligibility requirement: Previous competitive rowing experience at collegiate or Masters level, OR recent completion of a learn-to-row program (Sculling or Sweep). All provisional members wishing to try out for the team will need to be vaccinated before trying out. Assessment for eligibility and decision will be done by the coach. 

Pay as You Row: Sweep boats $10/seat

In lieu of the seasonal rowing fee, we will be using a “pay as you row” system during this Spring.  Once the majority of the team members are fully vaccinated and restrictions are lifted, we hope to be able to get back to a seasonal fee.  As a reminder, you will be expected to rotate in as coxswain until we have vaccinated coxswains.

Team Boats:

Each team member will pay $10 per seat per row to cover coaching and other related daily rowing costs for our eights.


We plan to open use of the doubles in April but are revising our policy to ensure safety for rowers and equitable use for those qualified to row them. There will also be a seat charge for the doubles, though we haven’t determined the cost yet. Vaccinated, qualified, team members and same household rowers will be permitted to use the doubles. More details on rowing doubles to follow. Joann Sierra has agreed to help us with managing the doubles.


We may have the opportunity to rent some singles from TBC. They will be rented for a specific block of time and must go out with a coach. This will likely take place in June. Again, our coach or coaches will help establish eligibility to safely row singles with the team. We encourage everyone interested in rowing singles to take the opportunity to get sculling certified with TBC. Check out for lessons. Janet Owens has agreed to be our point person for singles.

Rowing Schedule

An opportunity to grow your patience:  As of right now, teams at TBC are being assigned launch and landing times based on having no more than 50 people on the dock at any one time. Currently RCR is scheduled for slightly over 2 rowing hours with hot-seating. First session: 6:30 AM launch - lands at 7:40. Second session: Hot seat and launch at 7:40 - lands at 8:50. This is subject to change. Expect to arrive at practice 30-45 minutes early for morning set-up and to comply with COVID screening protocols.

Our perspective during Covid and as we enter precautionary post-Covid: This too shall pass and we’ll be back on the water admiring the mist rising off the water, the sightings of eagles and blue herons as we row upriver and the beauty of the rising sun above the Washington Monument as we row down river. 


Dues and Rowing Fees for 2020 are $1,250 

Annual Membership Dues (2020)

·   All members of the club, with the exception of coxswains, are obligated to pay annual, non-refundable membership dues of $275, due by March 31 or upon membership acceptance to RCR.  Annual Membership Dues are not pro-rated for individuals joining the club subsequent to the start of the on-water program. 

Rowing Fees (2020 is same as 2019)

·      The annual rowing fee is $975 per rower for the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons.  The $975 fee is payable in full by March 31, or upon membership acceptance.   Coxswains are exempt. 

·        A seasonal  payment option is available to members who utilize the SportsEngine registration system; however, a rower who elects to drop out before the conclusion of the rowing year remains obligated for the entire $975 rowing fee for that year.  Refunds of fees previously paid or waivers as to unpaid fees may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Board for extenuating circumstances such as injury, or a job change resulting in relocation, which makes continued participation impossible, etc.

·         Opportunities for mid-year entry or seasonal rowing may be limited.  A rower who, in the sole discretion of the Executive Board (in consultation with the captains and coaches), is granted mid-year or seasonal entry into the program shall pay, in addition to the $275 membership dues, a fee of $325 for the season in which he/she enters and $325 per season for any subsequent season in that calendar year. 


Coronavirus update, March 2020:  In the spring RCR usually collects the membership fee, seasonal rowing program fee, and contributions towards the cox fund.  Due to the worldwide coronavirus, if you prefer you may pay only the $275 membership fee now to cover our fixed costs and pay the remainder at a later time.  Those rowers who do pay in full now are entitled to a refund if we end up pro-rating program fees.


Coxswain Fund

We value our courageous coxswains who get up before dawn for the pleasure of bossing rowers around.  Contributions to the Coxswain Fund are optional and are collected during March registration.  We estimate the cost of paying coxswains works out to $150 per rower for the year and this is our recommended minimum.    If you are willing and able to contribute more to the fund then that will help us meet this critical need for the club without a potential increase in dues.

  • The Board authorizes regular payments to coxswains from the fund.  If the fund is depleted, further contributions are requested from RCR team members.

Regatta Fees

·         Rowers participating in regattas are required to pay individual regatta fees  to cover the costs of entry and related expenses such as trailering and/or equipment rental.  Rowers are responsible for their own travel costs in connection with out-of-town events.  Fees in 2019 for each regatta ranged from $20 to $50 per race for each rower for most regattas, with out of town regattas costing significantly more if travel/lodging expenses for coaches/coxswains is involved..

Winter Training Fee (2020-2021)

·         Participation in winter training is optional but encouraged.  The  Winter 2020-2021  fee for coached Zoom workouts is $105/month.  Participation in Rock Creek's winter training does not guarantee membership for on-the-water practices or racing, but sure gets you in better shape to start the spring rowing season.

Covid changes everything and RCR is responding with a safe winter workout plan.  Instead of our usual  winter conditioning program together at Georgetown University’s Yates Field House, for the 2020-2021 winter we have workouts coached via zoom using an erg if you have one, your own body weight and other weights - even if they are homemade from jugs, books, etc.


·         Special situations not addressed above are to be resolved in the discretion of the Executive Board.   Contact the Treasurer if you have questions.

·         All participants in the club’s rowing activities, including winter training, are required to sign the USRowing waiver form. 

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