Earlier this mid year, HODINKEE sponsored a crew dashing at the Henley Royal Regatta . We aren’t typically one to support things, yet when a companion requested help, how could we say no? Most awesome aspect all, the crew wound up winning!
Last month, HODINKEE again supported our companion and worldwide coxswain Jack Carlson’s crew, this time for the Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles, held in Boston each October, is America’s most celebrated rowing race and the world’s biggest two-day regatta. Three miles long, with more than 9,000 competitors and 300,000 observers, the Charles is one of only a handful few rowing occasions – alongside the Henley Royal Regatta, the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and the Olympic Regatta – that pulls in immense crowds and catches the public imagination. Two-and-a-half times longer than the Olympic distance and loaded up with long twists and sharp turns, the race is additionally perhaps the most challenging, in any event, for world-class athletes.
We supported the “Excessively Eight,” a worldwide elite player women’s crew rowing under the pennant of Cambridge Boat Club. Jack regularly coxes men’s boats, however there are no limitations against men coxing women’s crews (or women coxing men’s crews). He selected eight of the world’s top scullers to check whether they could knock off the dominant world champions: the United States public women’s crew.
Sculling, incidentally, is a marginally extraordinary control from rowing in eights. “What we were doing was somewhat similar to taking the world’s best rugby players and setting them in opposition to the Super Bowl champions in a round of American football,” said Carlson.
The Super Eight team had different challenges to overcome as well. A big part of the crew raced in the sculling occasions the day preceding the principle race, meaning they weren’t completely refreshed. Additionally, the team just had brief period to prepare together, hailing from across the globe. To beat the US team, the Super Eight needed to give it their everything. That, however there were 39 boats competing in the race, including the Canadian national crew, University of Oxford crew, and other top crews from world class colleges across the U.S. what’s more, world.
Congratulations to Jack Carlson and the rowers in the Super Eight – Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic, Elle Logan of the United States, Rebecca Scown of New Zealand, Kayla Pratt of New Zealand, Emma Twigg of New Zealand, Donata Vistartaite of Lithuania, Inge Janssen of the Netherlands, and Magdalena Lobnig of Austria –on the memorable victory. You can see Jack Carlson’s full recap of the race here .
HODINKEE is now two-for-two on winning major games. Not awful at all.