Old Glory Boat Club, conceived by former US national team athletes and Hart Perry, executive director of the National Rowing Foundation, will make its debut this weekend at The Head Of The Charles® regatta. Championship Eight and Championship Four crews will feature past US National Team members from previous World Championship Gold medal performances.
The Old Glory Championship 4+, consisting of Matt Collins, Tom Beetham, Chris Kerber and Jon Moss, will re-live their thrilling victory in the 1993 World Championship Lightweight 4- final in Racice, Czech Republic. Stew Stokes, legendary coxswain and current coach at Colby College, will drive the Charles 3-mile racecourse. Stroke Matt Collins said, "We are confident the strong rhythm will be back." Crew member Tom Beetham added, "We are ready to drive off the blocks and define Old Glory's first strokes."
The Championship Eight will field the core of the 1999 Gold Medal Lightweight Eight; the crew consists of Sean Kammann, Greg Ruckmann, Tom Auth, Eric Den Besten, Kevin Cotter, Andrew Hilton, John Cashman and Nicholas Tripician. Stroke seat Sean Kammann said, "We realized this is our 4-year reunion; we are not the traditional 5 or 10 year reunion types." Eric Den Besten, Officer Steward of Old Glory Boat Club said, "We are happy to kick off the Old Glory Boat Club here on the Charles River, a regatta we hold dear, and where most of us started our rowing careers. The Regatta continues to deliver challenging competition and a reunion feel. We are honored to help create a platform which will extend far beyond our World Championship and Olympic performances to help future U.S. National Teams."
For more information, see Old Glory Boat Club.