It couldn’t have been a more perfect weekend for the world’s largest two-day rowing event, The Head of The Charles Regatta®. Despite some rain and wind on Friday night that threatened to pull up some tent posts in the Expo area, the weather cooperated for the racing and general regatta festivities.
The Concept2 CTS booth was located on a beautiful stretch of river near the finish line so there was no lack of rowing action all weekend long. The Regatta Service team was tireless in their efforts to assist crews with oar rentals and repairs—they never stopped!
In addition to our usual product booths and regatta service, Concept2 was excited to sponsor a women’s sweep team of the best single scullers in the world, the “Super Shark 8+.” These accomplished scullers raced in the championship 8+ race on Sunday, October 21 against the US and Canadian women’s 8+ boats—the two fastest boats at the London Olympics. In raw time, the Super Sharks finished first by one second, but due to a buoy penalty, the US women edged ahead. A very impressive finish for a team that never rowed together until this weekend (in a sweep, no less!).
When the Super Sharks weren’t racing or training they were playing host to the crowd and signed autographs at the Concept2 CTS booth. They also took part in a meet and greet event at Community Rowing (CRI), answering questions and giving rowing tips to a group of very excited young female rowers from CRI’s youth program.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend of racing, working with some super athletes and connecting with our customers face to face.
The Super Shark lineup:
- Kim Crow, Australia, Silver medalist in the Women’s 2x, Bronze medalist in the Women’s 1x
- Fie Udby Erichsen, Denmark, Silver medalist in the Women’s 1x
- Mirka Knapkova, Czech Republic, Gold medalist in the Women’s 1x
- Julia Michalska, Poland, Bronze in the Women’s 2x
- Gevvie Stone, USA, 7th in Women’s 1x
- Annekatrin Thiele, Germany, Silver medalist in the Women’s 4x
- Donata Vistartaite, Lithuania, 8th in Women’s 1x
- Anna Watkins, Great Britain, Gold medalist in the Women’s 2x