Another World Championships has come and gone, and there is no doubt athletes and attendees will look back at this as one of best rowing events held this past year. Upon arrival at the course, you can’t help but notice the newness of the venue, which was completed in 2012. Early in the week, the final touches were being installed to fully prepare the grounds for the World Championships (I even watched a crew lay the final pavers in the walkway connecting the main building to the brand new boat bays). Continue Reading ›
Racing at this year’s World Rowing Championships begins on August 25 in Chungju, Korea. Most crews arrived at least a week before the start date to allow plenty of time to adjust to the time change—it’s 13 hours ahead of Concept2’s Eastern Time! There were also rental boats to locate and rig, custom oars to decorate with national colors, and some very hot humid weather to get adjusted to. From all the reports we’ve heard to date, the venue is outstanding, the people are friendly and enthusiastic, and it promises to be an excellent regatta—if a little too warm. Continue Reading ›
The World Rowing Championships will be held in Chungju, Korea, this year, ending what has been a great season of international racing. The year following the Olympics is often thought of as a “rebuilding year” when athletes retire or recommit to another four years. New athletes will try to make it into a camp boat to be trained by national team coaches, or one of the several trials boats, where selection happens based on qualifying regattas. The transition brings fresh energy that creates a great race environment, and this year is no exception. Continue Reading ›
Imagine all of a coach’s concerns on race day: Where do we park? What will we eat? Are the athletes warmed up? Did the coxswain weigh in already? Is that a tailwind? What lane are we in? Is the boat rigged? Concept2 CTS tries to remove at least one concern for coaches by ensuring race day oars are competition ready.
The ice is only just starting to melt from the lakes and rivers of Vermont, but we have been busy getting ready for regatta season none-the-less. Continue Reading ›
As snow falls in the northeast and lakes freeze, many collegiate teams take advantage of their schools’ winter breaks and head south to bury their blades in the water before launching into months of indoor training. The Concept2 crew of Pat and Meredith are meeting up with coaches in Florida this week, answering their equipment and training questions before the competitive spring season of racing begins. Continue Reading ›
We first started sending out our Ergo Update newsletter back in December of 1982. The first issue was largely dedicated to covering the first-ever CRASH-B Sprints. It was a single 8.5 x 14” double-sided sheet.
As our customer base grew to include many people who weren’t on-water or competitive rowers, we expanded the Update to include a broader range of stories and information. By Spring 1991, the Update was an 8-page booklet; by Fall 1992 it had jumped to 12 pages. We first hit 16 pages in Fall 1994. Continue Reading ›
On April 17 every year, the citizens of American Samoa in the South Pacific celebrate the anniversary of the island becoming a US territory in 1900. In addition to singing, dancing and parades, one of the most unique parts of the festival is the Fautasi, or longboat, races held in Pago Pago harbor. Schools and communities from across the islands form teams to train and row a 2.8 mile race in custom-built 49 person boats! Continue Reading ›