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Our Fleet, Past and Present

DC Strokes maintains a diverse fleet of boats and other equipment to accommodate our many programs. We are grateful to the many generous people who have made these purchases possible, and to our members and volunteers who help maintain the fleet.

8+ boats

The Agenda

2014 Sykes Mould 27LH HC 8+ (wing)

Weight class: 176-205 pounds

Edie & Thea II

2011 King Medalist 8+ (wing)

Weight class: 155-180 pounds

Named after Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Following Spyer's death, Windsor ultimately became the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court case that overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States.

2001 Sykes Mould 27H HKCC8 (wing)
Weight class: 176
-205 pounds

Oscar Wilde

2006 Sykes Mould 27 HKCC8 (wing)

Weight class: 155-190 pounds

Named after Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish poet and playwright, whose works included The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). He was also known for his wit, his flamboyance, and his trials and jail sentence for homosexual acts. 

2010 Vespoli V1 EM8 (euro)
Weight class: 155-185 pounds

2003 Sykes Mould 27 HCC8 (euro)

Weight class: 155-190 pounds

Named after the Stonewall rebellion, a series of protests by the LGBT community in response to the 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. It is largely considered a catalytic event for the Gay Liberation movement and the continuing fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights.

Barbara Giddings

2013 King Medalist 8+ (wing)
Weight class: 175 -195 pounds

Frank Kameny

Peinert 1x

Retired boats

  • Edie & Thea - 2002 Vespoli Challenger DM8

  • Phoenix - 1999 Vespoli Ultralite I DM8

A man walking while holding navy blue oars tipped with pink triangles.

Our oars are painted with pink triangles, which are a worldwide symbol of gay power and pride.

4+ boats

Big Mo

Vespoli M2 DL4

Weight class: 180 - 220 pounds

Surrender Dorothy

Vespoli M2 DM4

Weight class: 160 - 180 pounds

Proud Mary

Sykes Mould 9M+

Weight class: 145 - 165 pounds

Liquid Therapy

Vespoli Ultralite DL4

Weight class: 180 - 220 pounds

Retired Boats

  • Equality

Small boats


2006 Sykes Mould 13 "Roadrunner" 2-/2x (wing)

Weight class: 135-185 pounds

Lavender Menace

2020 Peinert 25 (bow wing)

Weight class: 110 - 160 pounds

Blue 25

2020 Peinert 2 (bow wing)

Weight class: 110 - 160 pounds


2020 Peinert 26 (bow wing)

Weight class: 150 - 220 pounds


2020 Peinert 26 (bow wing)

Weight class: 150 - 220 pounds

Green 26

2020 Peinert 26 (bow wing)

Weight class: 150 - 220 pounds

DC Strokes also has access to several single and double sculls, thanks to sharing agreements with our Anacostia Community Boathouse partners, including Capital Rowing Club, Gonzaga College High School, and Wakefield High School.

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