(Can you imagine what the difference between then and now is? Exponential.)
The following information lists the estimated number of active rowers for the major rowing clubs and teams on the Potomac River. “Active” meaning the person rows four or more times per week. This does not take into account coaches (or their launches). These organizations provide the bulk of river rowing traffic throughout the year. Data was provided by a representative of each organization. Where a range of data was given I used the mean average. The figures are broken down into season and time of day. In the case of the college teams, the difference between the fall and spring numbers is due to attrition of members from the team due to any number of reasons. The high school figures represent the 13 teams that row on the Potomac and are members of the Georgetown Local Organizing Committee (GLOC). Twelve of the 14 member teams of GLOC row out of Thompson Boat Center (TBC), with one rowing from Potomac Boat Club (W-L HS) and the other rowing on the Anacostia River (Wakefield HS). Both TBC and PBC not only house teams but have programs or individual memberships of their own. Numbers for the clubs can vary depending on what programs are being sponsored at the time and the time of year. In any case the club rowers are often active year round. Organizations not specifically represented in these figures are Catholic and America University Crews, Trinity College Crew and Tiber Creek Rowing Association; all of whom are house at TBC. Their impact is minimal.
In the charts on the next page a “-“ indicates no information given for that specific category, and “N/A” means the category does not apply to the given organization (they don’t row at that time or during that season). A number given as a percentage tells the percentage of the total number of rowers that row during that time period.
|1x||Single Scull- one person|
|2x||Double Scull- two people|
|4x||Quadruple Scull- four people|
|4+||Four With- four rowers and a coxswain|
|8+||Eight- eight rowers and a coxswain|
What type of shells a given team, club, or organization generally rows.
|September to mid November||Mid February to June||Mid June to late August|
Times of Day (on average)
|A.M.||5:15 to 9:00|
|P.M.||2:30 to 6:45|
River Usage Numbers
George Washington Univ. Crew Boat House: TBC
Georgetown Univ. Crew Boat House: TBC
High Schools (GLOC) Boat House: TBC & PBC (W-L)
Thompson Boat Center (TBC)
|1x, 2x, 4+, 8+’s||A.M.||P.M.||A.M.||P.M.||P.M.|
Potomac Boat Club (PBC)
|1x, 2x, 4x, 4+, 8+’s||A.M.||P.M.||A.M.||P.M.||P.M.|
Seasonal Grand Total (#of People):
Grand Total (All rowers, all seasons)
Number of Active Rowers per Boat House Divided by Time of Year
|Potomac Boat Club||79||174||87||340|
|Thompson Boat Center||508||725||209||1,442|
Spring figures for Potomac Boat Club include Washington-Lee High School Crew (100 rowers) who rows out of PBC.
Theoretical Number of 8+’s (8 rowers, 1 coxswain)