Ready, Row! USA #30: Heading to the Charles!

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Today, we’ll be learning from rowing camp coaches Jim Dietz and Mark Wilson who recently hosted their 2019 HOCR Camp in Boston for an international cast of scullers. There is no bigger or more spectacular race than the Head Of The Charles. The bridges, the basin, the turns, the excitement, the history, boathouses, and the crowds make the Head of the Charles a must for every rowing enthusiast. This is Mark & Jim’s second annual camp for the Charles (and Jim’s 54th time rowing it), so look for great guidance and some inside tips & tricks! We’ll be releasing some on-the-water video highlights later in the month.

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The Event, The Venue, the Race!  You’ll find a discussion of all of these elements in relation to the Head of the Charles. Senior correspondent Mark Wilson, who just completed his All-American Head of the Charles Camp with AARC co-founder Jim Dietz, reminds people that some want to just row, some want to be competitive and others want to WIN!  Everyone has different goals and that is important to be safe, enjoy the camaraderie and have fun. If you are presenting a regatta, make it fun, make it memorable and give people a reason to come back!

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OAR INSPIRED: Thanks to Des and the team at OarInspired, we’ve got a special offer this month for RowingChat listeners. Get 20% off your purchase of a GoPro mount for a rowing boat using the coupon “rowingchat” There is nothing like a good video to help in training or crew debriefing, but getting the right camera position and angle can be challenging. Oar Inspired‘s new camera mount will let you position your camera at the level and angle to capture all the action.


Random thoughts on rowing, from the “In the Booth” Crew
  • Mark, My Words:  The Head of the Charles is a magical rowing weekend where new rowers make friends and veterans reacquaint with old friends.  Remember the older you get, the faster you were.  
  • Charlotte at the Catch: Keep training like you intend to race, even if you’re on the waiting list for HOCR! You could get “the call” like I did last year!
  • Tip from Tara: Going to the Charles is the World Series of Rowing.  A great festival of every kind of rowers, boats, styles and passion for the sport. It’s definitely a “bucket list” rowing experience. Sometimes the trek from the West Coast can seem daunting for just 20’ (give or take) of racing, but it’s about the whole experience – from the vendor villages to cheering on the bridges to seeing your club on the official t-shirt and making new friends.  And if you can’t row it, volunteer for it!


Thanks again to our fabulous SPONSORS!

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