On-Water Rowing

Rowing Locally for the Head Of The Charles Regatta

Oct 16, 2020

Many races and events have gone virtual this year, including the Head Of The Charles® Regatta. In addition to indoor participatory and live racing events, the Head Of The Charles Regatta has offered a participatory on water event. Athletes are encouraged to row 4702 meters on their local courses and submit their best times. Best of all? All proceeds from these events support the Head Of The Charles x Gold Cup Grant Fund to build and sustain diversity in the sport. Continue Reading ›

Finding Inspiration from Arshay Cooper

Oct 05, 2020

Concept2 recently invited Arshay Cooper, rower, author, speaker and activist, to speak with us about his film, A Most Beautiful Thing. Unlike our last visit in November 2019, this time Arshay visited us via Zoom and we were able to ask questions about the movie.

Narrated by the rapper Common, A Most Beautiful Thing chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in the US in the late 1990s. The team is made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, coming together to row in the same boat. Concept2 employees agreed that the movie made us laugh, cry, feel inspired and gave insight to how the sport of rowing provides opportunities to those living in challenging circumstances. Continue Reading ›

Concept2 Supports the Virtual Head Of The Charles® Regatta

Sep 09, 2020

Fall is in the air, which means it’s usually the time our Vermont crew starts packing up to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, for the annual Head Of The Charles® Regatta. This year, we’ll be cheering on the athletes and racing from home with the regatta’s multi-component event that includes on water racing opportunities, indoor rowing for all, and a competitive live broadcast indoor rowing race. Continue Reading ›

Newly Single: From Sweep to Scull

May 08, 2020

Make it work: Rowing in a shell manufactured in 1985.

Many sweep rowers are finding new ways to row this spring and summer in singles, the “original” social-distance sport. The single is a great challenge—you can only blame yourself when things go poorly. But when it's going well, you can take all the credit!

I transitioned to the single after finishing my high school and college rowing careers. I took many years off staying busy with triathlon and running; I returned to the single looking to get back on the water on my own schedule.
Here are a few things I learned along the way. Continue Reading ›

6 Questions with Steve Whelpley

Apr 29, 2020

Steve Whelpley started coaching in 2016 after 19 continuous competitive years in the sport of rowing. He is now the Head Coach of Craftsbury's Green Racing Project, an elite training group based in Craftsbury, Vermont. We last checked in with Steve in our 10 Questions blog series in 2018. We've reached out again to see how he is navigating these unpredictable and unsettling days, and to see he's continuing to train, both himself and his rowing athletes. Continue Reading ›

2019 World Rowing Championships

Sep 11, 2019

The finish line bridge on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic course.

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 ›

Don’t Miss a Beat of Training: BikeErg

May 15, 2019

Any injury rehabilitation should be performed under the supervision of an appropriate medical professional. The information here is not provided as medical or rehabilitation advice.

Injury can sideline even the most well-trained athletes. Depending on the type of injury, the BikeErg can provide an alternative workout for rowing athletes. The familiar Performance Monitor on the BikeErg provides similar training feedback and workout options as the RowErg, which allows for continuity of training goals and measurement. Some coaches have even held “erg tests” for injured athletes on the BikeErg, allowing individuals to continue to train side by side with teammates. Athletes and coaches share with us how they have used (or are using) the Concept2 BikeErg as part of a rehabilitation program. Continue Reading ›

Benefits of Cycling: The BikeErg for Rowers

Apr 30, 2019

When you train for rowing, you row a lot. There are benefits, however, in using other equipment and exercises to balance out the muscles and increase general fitness. It can be motivating to add variety to workouts, too!

When Peter and Dick Dreissigacker looked at building their latest erg, the BikeErg, they knew that cycling was popular in boathouses. Cycling engages similar major muscle groups used in rowing: the quadriceps, glutes and buttocks. Continue Reading ›

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