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RESOLUTE Adaptive Supports International Para-Rowing Camp

SARASOTA, FL—RESOLUTE Racing Shells and RESOLUTE Adaptive were among the boat manufacturers supporting visiting athletes with top performance equipment at the Agitos International Para-Rowing Camp.  The event was sponsored by the Agitos Foundation and hosted by USRowing and FISA, with participating Paralympic committees from Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and was held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, host of the upcoming 2017 World Rowing Championships.          

                                 Athletes at the Agitos International Rowing Camp in Sarasota                                                       

RESOLUTE was one of several adaptive equipment suppliers at the event, but were the only boat builder to offer a viable option for putting para-rowers into their standard racing hulls. This is currently not permitted in international para-rowing events, as the hull dimensions and overall boat weight required by FISA limit the length and the beam of para hulls, and all para hulls must weigh 10 kilos more than their boat class equivalent in the open events. RESOLUTE rejects the claim that wider, heavier boats must be the standard for para-rowers, and rowers at the international camp were eager to test that theory. 

RESOLUTE Crew at Agitos Para Rowing Camp

From RESOLUTE, Casey Baker and Ned Foster were on hand all week, armed with all the hand tools anyone could want for on-the-spot fabrication. The duo outfitted two racing 1xs and one racing 2x with stabilizing pontoons and their custom fixed seat for TA and AS rowers at the camp. “Once we got there with our boats and seats, everyone was clambering to get in one. From dawn till dusk, we were in constant customization mode, and made sure every athlete who wanted to try it could get on the water with one of our hulls,” Baker said.  

Experienced Paralympians and novice rowers alike were all smiles in the new set up. US Paralympian Blake Haxton trialed the set-up in some very rough conditions on the first day of the camp, and was impressed with the overall stability. “In conditions like today, I felt just as stable in the RESOLUTE as in the standard para hull. I was able to get the hull up to speed quicker and maintain my run, especially at sub-max cruising speed.” US TA rower, Scott Brown, agreed.  “That was fun. You could feel it was much lighter; the boat really accelerated. The glide was so much better; you could tell it was much more efficient.”

Baker commended the cooperation and the camaraderie of all involved with the camp.  “To see FISA and USRowing, athletes, coaches, referees and equipment suppliers all working together to make strides developing these athletes and catering equipment to their unique needs marks a great time of promise within the world of adaptive sport.”  That, Baker said, had to be one of the biggest highlights of the week. “Seeing the exuberance of the athletes coming off the water, all helping one another out and rooting for one another. It was priceless.”

                                    Blake Haxton Para Rower in RESOLUTE single

By the end of the week, we were thrilled at the overwhelmingly positive response to our adaptive seat, and the excitement from rowers who are eager to be able to race and train in standard racing hulls. 

Read more about the International Para-Rowing Training Camp and celebrate strides in Para-Rowing and equipment design with us at USRowing or check out this article from World Rowing. For more information on RESOLUTE Adaptive products, visit us here.

This short clip shows Paralympians Helman Roman in stroke and Scott Brown in Bow, and Isaac in the background in a RESOLUTE single featuring our newest adaptive seat.