The Sacramento State Aquatic center hosted youth, collegiate and master athletes from some 49 clubs with 518 entries and over 1,500 athletes for US Rowing’s Head of American Regatta this past weekend.


For those that may not know it, our own Lake Natoma is a world renown race course in the rowing community. Nimbus Flat State park adjacent to the Sac State Aquatic center was overflowing with Athletes and spectators on Saturday, to see of the top collegiate, youth and masters rowers compete on the 5,000 meter race course. The race course terminates near Nimbus Dam, but twists and turns past Willow Creek upstream almost to old Town Folsom.

The Head of The American Regatta marks the close of the fall racing season and for many novice athletes is their first competitive race. See the complete results of the local competition below.

Capital Crew’s Apprentice Program driving toward the line on Lake Natoma during the Head of the American Regatta.

Capital Crew is the Sacramento State Aquatic Center’s Youth Rowing program for high school students. Since 1988 to the present, Capital Crew has offered competitive rowing to all Sacramento area high school student athletes. Capital Crew Youth Rowing is a no cut program. Annually, the Aquatic Center’s Youth rowing program attracts an average of over 150 participants. The team trains from mid-September to mid-May and competes against thirty two other junior rowing programs on the West Coast.

Capital Crew Apprentice Program (CCAP) is the Sacramento State Aquatic Center’s middle school rowing program for 7th and 8th grade students. 


Capital Crew Masters is a competitive rowing program for athletes who have attained, or will attain, the age of 21 during the current calendar year.

Capital Crew Masters Women’s 8 with U16 coxswain Lucie Czako, (Granite Bay High School Class ’26) powering to the podium with 1st place fininsh.

All crews put forth a strong effort on a windy, crisp fall afternoon. Capital’s Master’s team posted a strong performance along with CCAP U15 Girls many of whom have never raced in a regatta event.

Capital Crew Boosters Club’s annual Ergathon will be on November 11th, at 10a. It will be held at the Sac State Aquatic Center, 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River, CA, and is open to the public. We will be rowing on “ergs”, stationary rowing machines, that measure time, power and meters rowed for each athlete. Our team is going to attempt to row 1 million meters! We have been training hard since August, and can’t wait to show how far and fast we can go. For more info visit :


Capital recently welcomed Rich Wendling as Head of the Girls Program. Rich, formerly U17 Girls Coach at NorCal Crew, has experienced strong results as a collegiate coach at St Mary’s (Moraga, CA) and with NorCal’s youth programs. Rich joins coaches Brian Birch and Patti Pinkerton for the Girls program. Capital is looking forward to a FAST, Spring ’24 season.

Capital’s Head of the American Results


Boys U17 8+ 5th

Novice Youth Boys 8+ 9th

Women’s Masters 4x, 2nd

Girls U17 5th

Girls Youth Novice 8+ 5th (A Boat), 11th (B Boat)

Boys Youth 8+ 7th

Girls Youth 8+ 4th

Girls Youth B 8+ 9th

Men’s Master 8+ 2nd

Boys U15 4x+  9th

Girls U15 4x+ 4th

Women’s Master 8+ 1st

Boys Youth 4+ 9th (A Boat), 11 (B Boat), 13(C Boat) 21(Novice)

Girls Youth 4+, 5th (A Boat) 9th (B Boat), 11th (C Boat), 

Mixed Masters 8+ 2nd

Results recap provided by Capital Crew Boosters. For full results visit: For additional information on the Capital Crew Boosters visit