DC Strokes Rowing Club has expanded its offerings for 2014 and invites those interested in the sport, as well as experienced rowers, to learn more at “Spring Rush,” which will take place at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U Street NW) on Wednesday, April 2nd, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

No experience is necessary to participate in the club’s popular “Learn to Row” programs, which begin the last week of April and offer four different schedule options.

DC Strokes has added a Recreational Program for rowers who want to get out on the water but not necessarily compete in regattas. The program will meet on weekend mornings starting in June, and is ideal for experienced rowers who want to be a part of the team, but without as much of a commitment.

Participants from all of DC Strokes’ programs will be at “Spring Rush” on April 2nd to answer questions. Kendra Hunt, 26, of Rockville, participated in the 2013 DC Strokes Learn to Row program.

“I’d never rowed before, and fell in love with the sport,” Hunt said. “It’s a friendly, team-oriented environment…and great exercise.”

The Competitive Program in 2014, among other regattas, will compete at Masters Nationals in Grand Rapids, MI, and the Head of the Charles in Boston. The Competitive Program rows weekday mornings.

The Club Program, which meets three evenings a week, is a great environment for rowers of all ages and abilities. 2014 competitions will include the Gay Games in Cleveland, OH, as well as regional regattas.

The Competitive and Club programs began March 24th.

DC Strokes Rowing Club, which is based at the Anacostia Boathouse, is one of only a handful of dedicated, independent LGBT rowing clubs in the world. The club provides competitive and recreational rowing opportunities in a safe and supportive environment for rowers of all skill levels. For more information visit www.dcstrokes.org.

By: Paul Heaton

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