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World Famous Rowers

VAN DUSEN RACING BOATS in International and US Competitions

MONTREAL OLYMPIC GAMES – ROWING SILVER MEDAL

US rower Joan Lind took the silver medal in the women’s single in the Montreal Olympics and showed how competitive US women rowers were, and in the process introduced the new Van Dusen hull shape and advanced composite construction to the world.

Joan’s Story at USROWING

AFTER ROWING SUCCESS WE TRY OLYMPIC KAYAKING

In 1986 we designed and manufactured a new fleet of flatwater kayaks and canoes for the 1988 Olympic Games. Our first kayak designs, the Eagle and the Falcon, helped Greg Barton and Norman Bellingham win the first World Championship and Olympic gold medals in US paddling history.

Our kayaks and canoes have been raced by competitors from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. We are proud that our products help these athletes achieve victory on the race course. In the 1996 Olympics Van Dusen kayaks won over half of the medals awarded.

Read Barton & Bellingham’s Story in The Canoeist

HEAD OF THE CHARLES

Van Dusen First Place finishes – 2014 HOCR

Emily Kallfelz- Women’s Youth 1x
Gevvie Stone- Women’s Championship 1X
Mike Farry – Men’s Masters 1x
Greg Benning – Men’s Grand Masters 1x – new record
Carlo Zezza – Men’s Sr Veterans II (75-80) 1x

Narragansett Boat Club – Smith/Gorriaran – Men’s Sr Masters 2x
Cambridge Boat Club – Sands-Bohrer/Muri – Women’s Sr Masters 2x
Composite Engineering/Cambridge Boat Club- Van Dusen/Ruane – Men’s Grand Masters 2x
Cambridge Boat Club- Zezza/Zezza- Director’s Challenge Mixed 2x

Rowers in Van Dusen rowing shells captured 9 first place medals and 5 course records in the 2013 Head of the Charles Regatta. More than 20 Van Dusen boats placed in the top three in the HOCR singles and doubles events.

2013 Van Dusen First Place Finishes & Records HOCR

Pete Morelli – Men’s Masters 1x
Greg Benning – Men’s Grand Masters 1x – new record
Catherine Widgery – Women’s Veterans I (60-64) 1x
Brooke Stevens – Women’s Sr Veterans I (70-74) 1x – new record
Carlo Zezza – Men’s Sr Veterans II (75-80) 1x
Narragansett Boat Club – Mocarski/Dow – Men’s Youth 2x
Narragansett Boat Club – Smith/Gorriaran – Men’s Sr Masters 2x – new record
Cambridge Boat Club – Sands-Bohrer/Muri – Women’s Sr Masters 2x – new record
Narragansett Boat Club – Washburn/Prichett – Men’s Grand Masters 2x
Gevvie Stone – 2nd place, Women’s Championship 1x in a record-breaking time.

INTERNATIONAL RACES

Participants in US, World and Olympic Events

1976 Silver Medal –  Joan Lind
1988 Silver Medal –  Anne Marden, USA Olympics Women’s Singles, Van Dusen 1x, Los Angeles
1988 Gold Medal  –  Greg Barton, Mens K-1 (Van Dusen Kayaks!)
1988 Gold Medal  –  Greg Barton and Norm Bellingham, Mens K-2
Olympics, Worlds, Nationals

2002 Steve Tucker, World Rowing Championship, Seville
2012 Gevvie Stone,  USA Olympics Women’s Singles
2012 Michael Sivigny and Derek Johnson, Mens 2x

COMPETITOR SUPPORT

Recognizing that the world’s fastest racing shell can’t help you earn a medal if your can’t get parts or repairs, we have an extremely responsive competitor support service. We are dedicated to providing sound advice and quick service for repairs, replacements and new boat orders. Most ADVANTAGE parts are stocked for immediate express shipment worldwide.