This time of year at Concept2 our Regatta Service Team would normally be preparing for a whirlwind regatta season, packing parts and loading the trailer with tools and snacks for life on the road. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be homebound once again—at least for the foreseeable future.
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Free to all 2020 Head Of The Charles Regatta® participants!
Concept2’s Regatta Service Team would love to be working on your oars in our trailer on a crisp and beautiful October weekend, but this year’s regatta service is going virtual. Our free webinars are a way to learn how to update your oars and sculls at your home or boathouse to ensure the best performance of your Concept2 equipment.
Join Bob Beeman, our Senior Oar Repair Technician, and work alongside him on five of the most common oar repairs. Join one or all five webinars! If you prefer, join us without parts on hand and simply watch and learn. In either case, Bob will walk you through the repair and there will be time to ask any questions. Continue Reading ›
If contact surfaces are dirty and/or oily, first clean with a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfecting. Mix a dilution of 1/3 cup of standard household bleach (6%) per gallon of water to clean indoor equipment. Continue Reading ›
Many athletes are looking to row in a single as they consider ways to stay socially distant and also stay fit. There’s a lot to consider as you make this new purchase. Here are a few tips based on my personal experience. Continue Reading ›
Concept2 is excited to share resources for adaptive athletes and feature the experiences of athletes who use our products. Todd's story is the first of our series of blog posts focusing on adaptive athletes.
Andy Wigren (stroke) and Todd Vogt (bow) represent the US in the PR3 Men's Pair.
Todd Vogt fell in love with the sport of rowing as a college freshman at the University of Buffalo in 1992. He was able to make rowing his career and became a rowing coach while continuing to row competitively himself. “I love the physical and mental challenge of the sport,” Vogt explains. But in June of 2018, when Vogt was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease at the age of 43, he was crushed. “I thought my athletic life was over,” he recalled.
For many adaptive athletes like Vogt, Concept2 provides options for adaptive athletes to find (or rediscover) sport and fitness. Continue Reading ›
Concept2 was saddened to learn of the tragic drowning of PR1 athlete Dzmitry Ryshkevich (Belarus) during a training session at the World Championships in Linz, Austria. Our condolences to his family, friends and teammates.
The World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria, kicked off the Olympic and Paralympic qualification process for many crews with their sights on Tokyo 2020. 86% of all medal-winning boats at the 2019 World Rowing Championships rowed with Concept2 oars and sculls! Countries race to qualify in each boat class, qualifying the boats, not the athletes. This year's event attracted nearly 1200 competitors from 80 countries, including two outstanding "older" elite competitors of note: Continue Reading ›
Concept2 Bantam Sculls are low-cost and durable; they are also proving themselves to be a versatile option for athletes of all ages.
Narragansett Boat Club (NBC)—also known as America’s Oldest Boat Club (in operation since 1838!)—offers rowing for recreation and competition for athletes of all ages. Member Ruth Berenson considered the Bantam as a good club oar because of the price ($350 per pair), durability, and their ease of handling. The small and efficient blade size on the Bantam is a nice fit for many of their athletes. Continue Reading ›
The Skinny shaft for our oars and sculls is deceiving: the smaller diameter looks elegant—but it is also strong.
To create the Skinny shaft, a similar amount of carbon is used as our standard Ultralight shaft. Due to the similarity of the components, fully assembled Skinny and the Ultralight shafts weigh nearly the same. Continue Reading ›
We’re ready for Bob Beeman, of our Oar Manufacturing Team, to audition for reality TV show “The Amazing Race.”
Our Regatta Service team travels to assist competitors at races all around the world. At the helm of many of our international regattas is Bob, who started working at Concept2 over 30 years ago. Bob brings his wealth of experience to help elite athletes in the World Rowing Cup series: the highest level of competition in the sport. (The World Rowing Championships are replaced by the Olympics every four years.) Continue Reading ›