Echo Boats are Built To Win!
The leading edge, high-performance ACE Open Water Racing Shell and Echo Open Water Shell are bult to win open water competitions. Piercing or punching through chop, picking up energy from following seas and wakes with no planning – and enabling racers to put full-pressure-on and accelerate past the competition in rough water conditions. Results speak for themselves. Echo Rowers WIN!
Echo Rower Paul Pugliese from Greenwich CT won 1st Place - 20 mile open water - 27th annual Blackburn Challenge, July 20, 2013
2014 Open Water Races & Recreation Class Events
MAR 1, 5.5k Snow Row (Hull MA)
JUL 19: 20 mile open water Blackburn Challenge Gloucester MA
SEP 6: 24k & 11k Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race Norwalk, CT
SEP 14: Wye Island Regatta, Annapolis, MD
SEP 20: 25k Hudson River Challenge Nyack, NY. Info: 914-471-1920
SEP 27: 9th Slocum Challenge Regatta, Dartmouth MA
Nov 1: Head of the Weir, Hull, MA
Echo Rower Eileen Perry: 1st Place 2011 & 2013 Blackburn Challenge
Row Echo for Touring Class Wins!
Our cutting-edge Echo Open Water Rowing Shell offers exceptional performance, speed, and stability.
Echo's are consistantly ahead of the competition in the rough conditions of off-shore racing.
Our shells are best suited for endurance events where the distances are longer (from 5k to 32k), and where stroke rates and speeds are a bit lower to provide greater endurance in a longer race. Think you’re up to it?
“What a great day, I got my ACE back, had my first day on the water, raced and won all in the same time frame. All thanks to you and Ted and Echo. As I've said before, ‘I place and win races in that boat that I wouldn't otherwise’. Thanks for making that happen.”
Jeff Nelson, Long Island, NY
On July 20th, 2013, 390 athletes competed in all manner of human powered water craft rowing and paddling a race course that circumnavigates Cape Ann off Gloucester, Massachusetts in the 2013 Blackburn Challenge.
Echo Open Water Rowers rowed through excessive heat, against the tide, wind and currents to win 5 of 6 medals in the 27th annual 20 mile open water Blackburn Challenge on Sat. July 20, announced Echo Open Water Rowing’s International Marketing and Sales Agent, Maryellen Auger of Little Harbor Boathouse, Marblehead. Congratulations to Touring Class Rowers Eileen Perry in 3:51.22 (1st place Women), Paul Pugliese 3:18:00 (1st Place Men), Mark Allen 3:34:14 (2nd Place Men), Carl-Henry Piel 3:36:56 (3rd Place Men) and Maryellen Auger in 3:57:55 (3rd place Women).
The chop, wake, swell and cross-current water conditions of the Blackburn Challenge perfectly showcased the ability of the Echo shells. The boats are built for stability, safety, speed and performance in varied water conditions. The boats punch through waves; with stability at every part of the stroke, the rowers could apply maximum power even in the harsh water.
Echo Rower Eileen Perry from Marblehead Rowing Club won the Women’s Touring Class in a time of 3:51.22. Her victory was a comeback for her 1st Place in the 2011 Blackburn Challenge. Paul Pugliese from Greenwich CT won 1st Place in the Men’s Touring Class in a time of 3:18:00. In his touring class boat, he beat 2/3rds of the field of sliding seat racing class athletes as well. Maryellen Auger, in her 5th year as Echo’s International Marketing & Sales director, claimed third in the women’s touring class. Coming in under four hours, this race was a huge personal accomplishment, made possible by the Echo rowing shell. This was 3rd Place Mark Allen’s 6th Blackburn challenge, and by far the hardest in his opinion. The rough conditions left him with assurance that the Echo shell is the boat for him. Howard Simon, from Marblehead Rowing Club, finished 6th in his first ever Blackburn. Carl-Henry Piel, from Boston, before launching, shared " I consider myself to be an intermediate rower at best, having started late last October, my objective is merely to finish.” With a 3rd Place finish, he accomplished his goal. The Echo was the perfect sliding seat open water boat for these rowers, allowing them to test themselves mentally and physical, supporting their success.
Echo Rowing was founded in 2004 by Douglas Martin, Lorna Martin-Perry, and Ted Perry. Douglas and Lorna's father, Arthur Martin, founded Alden Rowing Shells and gave birth to recreational open water rowing in the 70's. 10,000 Aldens were built by Ted Perry. Working beside his father for 30 years and designing the Alden Star, Doug Martin designed Echo models to maximize performance, speed, and safety for recreational and competitive open water rowers facing changing conditions on oceans. Echo Rowing's innovative, cutting edge designs replaced the outdated recreation shells of the 70's.. They also embody a strong local commitment and dedication, built in the same factory located in Eliot Maine that created the many Alden Stars and other earlier models.
Echo Rowing shells are rowed year-round in colder climates and by serious open water scullers in open water racing and touring class competitions. Echo Rowing Boats are also great learn-to-scull boats for youth and adults alike. Novices spend time from the start learning the stroke rather than learning how to balance the boat and stay upright. The slightly lifted bow enables rowers to punch through chop where traditional sliding seat shells are stopped. The built-in keel tracks well in cross-current and wind – the conditions of last Saturday’s Blackburn Challenge. The ability to easily launch from a beach or a dock is another benefit. Roll gunnels splash water away from rowers and provide convenient carry-handles and easy re-entry in an infrequent or chosen capsize situation. The unique maintenance-free, folding riggers enable easy set-up and transport.
Over the last nine years, and at Saturday’s Blackburn challenge, the Echo Open Water Rowing shell continues to prove itself as the cutting-edge open water rowing shell, for recreation and competition.
Congratulations to Blackburn Challenge 2013 Echo Rowers: Eileen Perry 3:51.22 (1st place Women), Howard Simon, Paul Pugliese 3:18:00 (1st Place Men), Maryellen Auger 3:57:55 (3rd place Women), Carl-Henry Piel 3:36:56 (3rd Place Men) and Mark Allen 3:34:14 (2nd Place Men).
Features for Ocean Rowing
The ECHO rowing shell is the top sliding seat boat in the Touring Class category at Open Water Rowing Competitions. Rowers in Echo rowing shells consistently claim metals in this racing category. The advantages of competing in an Echo are:
- Dynamic shaped hull enabling semi-planing at moderate to high speed, will move you faster in proportion to length than in a racing shell.
- Overall high-speed characteristics facilitate surfing ocean swells.
- Bow is designed and cupped to punch through waves.
- Long Delta Keel reduces sideslip in crosswinds, resists stalling and offers easy maneuverability in close quarters and currents. This can be an advantage at the crowded start of races and in conditions found on open water.
- Rolled gunnel splashing water away from rower -- keeping rower dry.
- Closed decking and self-bailer keeps water off and out of boat
- Superior stability and performance in chop, swells and wakes.