On-Water Rowing

Two Days and Counting!

Jul 26, 2012

We are just days away from the start of the Olympic rowing heats at Eton-Dorney. Although the race course is 33 miles away from the Olympic Park in London, it hasn’t stopped 25,000 people from buying tickets to watch the action, according to USRowing.org. The grandstands are completely sold out!

Whether you are one of those 25,000 grandstanders, or viewing from the comfort of your home, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the race course. For the first time ever in rowing competition, there will be a camera strung on cables above the course that will follow the boats all the way down, getting super close to the action. There is an interesting article about it on USRowing.org. Continue Reading ›

Next Stop: London

Jun 21, 2012

The final stage of the Samsung World Rowing Cup series played out under sunny skies and high temperatures last weekend in Munich, Germany. Over 700 athletes competed in the last regatta before the Olympic Games in July.  Great Britain finished on top at all three of the World Rowing Cups this summer, making them the overall winner of the series. Germany and New Zealand finished the series in second and third places, respectively. Great Britain finished second to Germany last year, but had won the series for the four previous years. Concept2 was there to support the athletes and coaches with any equipment needs. We take great pride in the service we are able to provide the athletes on this international stage. We’re busy preparing for London and looking forward to the excitement of the Olympics!   For complete results and photos from Munich visit World Rowing. Continue Reading ›

Concept2 Oars at the American Samoa Fautasi Race

May 15, 2012

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 ›

In Development: ErgCoach

Dec 21, 2011

I enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Saratoga Springs, New York with Peter Dreissigacker for the Joy of Sculling Conference December 9–11. Jim Joy has done an amazing job of building this conference into one of the largest gatherings of rowing coaches from both the US and Canada. The success of this conference was further confirmed by several of the award recipients who mentioned that they attended when they were first starting out as coaches, and the influence it had on their careers. I was impressed with the variety of talks and the different coaching backgrounds that the conference presented to the attendees. Continue Reading ›

A Color for Every Crew

Dec 19, 2011

A lot of us have seen it before: a brand new set of oars in the boathouse, just begging to be rowed, but they can’t be used until the blades get the school-color treatment. Or maybe it was race day when you realized that the paint job you had agonized over a few days before is already peeling! Fortunately, we’re now expanding Concept2’s blade color options to 53 colors in order to make it easy to get great-looking oars. Continue Reading ›

What you missed at the USRowing Convention

Dec 12, 2011

It’s been quite a few years since I attended the USRowing Annual Convention. I went this time primarily to complete my Level III coaching certification, meet up with some old rowing buddies, and hopefully pick up a few new tools for my toolbox as coach of the Michigan Technological University crew. As someone who has always loved the indoor rower and has used it as a critical part of my own and my athletes’ training, I was prepared for lots of references to the erg as the machine rowers hate and coaches rely on to separate the fitness levels of competitive rowers within their crews.   Continue Reading ›

Winners from the Head of the Charles

Nov 15, 2011

Why is unpacking so hard? After a long vacation, it is often difficult to unpack everything, wash clothes that still smell like the beach, and place thoughts of leisure into memories. Here at Concept2, unpacking from the Head of the Charles often feels like that. We’re quickly nostalgic for the fall head racing season as winter envelops Vermont. Continue Reading ›

Creature of Habit

Sep 12, 2011

Last week, I raced at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled in Canada’s women’s 8+. It seems like it was ages ago, but I had an experience which is of relevance to this blog and is hopefully useful to all rowers. On one of the competition days, I was struck by how much I am a creature of habit. Faced with any racing scenario, I inevitably like to keep to a routine that I have tried and tested (as I have mentioned in a previous entry). Continue Reading ›

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