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Comp Success at the 2022 World Rowing Championships

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Oct 03, 2022

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France, Spain and Australia sprinting to the finish with Comp blades at the 2022 World Rowing Championships.

Concept2 provided oar service and support at this year’s World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, which saw over 900 competitors from 65 countries compete at elite rowing’s annual highest-profile competition. Our latest blade design, the Comp, had a strong showing on the medals stand. Continue Reading ›

Supporting Opportunity with the “Pulling Together” Program

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May 20, 2022

In rowing, the boat moves fastest when everyone pulls together: The blades enter into the water in unison propelling the boat towards the finish line. The boat responds best when athletes all “pull their weight” both figuratively and literally.

Since 2020, Concept2 has supported over 25 new and growing clubs that are pulling together to make a difference in their local communities. These teams, clubs and programs are encouraging new and diverse athletes by increasing opportunities in rowing. “Pulling Together” funding provides equipment to improve accessibility. Continue Reading ›

Rowing Goes to the Movies: Heart of Champions

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Oct 27, 2021

The on water rowing community is excited that rowing is featured in the new movie, Heart of Champions, arriving in theaters on October 29 (available on demand starting November 19). The trailer is available now.

The movie, set in 1999, features authentically-reproduced Concept2 rowing equipment. The producers took extra care to accurately reflect rowing for this sports drama, in which actor Michael Shannon stars as an army veteran-turned Ivy League rowing coach. His character is an alum who rowed for the same university. Continue Reading ›

Concept2 at this Year’s Head Of The Charles® Regatta

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Sep 29, 2021

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It’s exciting to see on-water racing return for the 2021 Head Of The Charles® Regatta after the cancellation of so many regattas in light of COVID-19. The Concept2 Regatta Service Trailer will again be on-site to assist competitors with their oar needs. However, things will look a little different than in normal years and our focus for 2021 is oar repairs and rentals. Continue Reading ›

Paralympic and PaRowlympic Successes

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Sep 21, 2021

The Paralympic Regatta concluded with exciting racing on the Sea Forest Waterway. Our team was on site to help with competitors’ needs.

The Regatta included four boat classes in three athlete classifications: PR1 Men’s Single Sculls, PR1 Women’s Single Sculls, PR2 Mixed Double Sculls and PR3 Mixed Four with Coxswain. Racing in Tokyo will be remembered historically as the first Paralympics where athletes competed over 2000 meters. (The previous distance was 1000 meters.) Continue Reading ›

Oars for Every Boat: Coastal Rowing

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Jul 12, 2021

The growing sport of coastal rowing adds splashes of excitement—literally—to traditional flat-water rowing. Using competitive self-bailing coastal boats, the sport is rowed on oceans and coastal waters where surf and tides test athlete speed on varying conditions. Concept2 sculls are custom-built and are suitable for coastal rowing; we can build what coastal rowers need. Continue Reading ›

Embracing the Olympic Spirit on the African Continent

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Jun 29, 2021

For athlete Kouadio Franck N’Dri (who goes by the name Franck-Aimé), rowing is not just an Olympic dream, but a deeply personal goal: he rows in his late father’s memory as a way to connect to and remember the man who taught him the sport. Franck-Aimé realized at a young age that he wanted to do something significant in rowing. Representing the Ivory Coast at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will surely fulfill that goal. Continue Reading ›

Supporting Olympians in the Search for Speed

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Jun 24, 2021

When Pete and Dick Dreissigacker first started playing with oar designs in 1976, they were two rowers who were also engineers and they couldn’t resist the challenge of making a faster oar. Specifically, they wanted to improve their speed in the pair because they were racing together in the Olympic Trials leading up to the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Rowing races can be won or lost by fractions of a second so every little bit of speed is worth gathering. Continue Reading ›

100 Years Old and Still Rowing Strong: Don McCluskey

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Feb 16, 2021

Happy Birthday to Don McCluskey, who turns 100 years old on February 17, 2021!

We’re always excited to share the stories of our centenarians who demonstrate that rowing can be a lifelong sport. Don credits his longevity to a diet of red wine, Brussel sprouts and carrots, along with his daily exercise on the Concept2 RowErg. Don lives in an assisted living facility, where he continues to work out daily during COVID-19.

“During the pandemic I’ve been rowing every single day for at least 20-30 minutes, and it’s kept me healthy and sane during the lockdown. It’s one of the best exercises you can do when you’re stuck indoors. I have it set up by a window, and I don’t listen to audio while I’m rowing. It’s such a pleasure to row that I just look out the window and get my best thinking done while rowing on my Concept2.” Continue Reading ›

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