The CRASH-B Board met last night to decide whether to use the new
Model C ergometer from Concept II. Although there were reasons to
stay with the Model B, when the vote was taken the use of the Model C
was approved. The Model C ergometer will be used, and CRASH-B will
make best efforts to get the word out so that no one is surprised when
the regatta takes place on Sunday, February 20, 1994.
The Board wants to thank the net for its opinions, which were
discussed at length. Many board members were sympathetic to the
concerns of the net. Here is some of the reasoning behind approval of
the Model C. They are not in any particular order.
- Concept II wants very much to switch to the Model C.
They feel they have improved their product again, and it
is a sound business decision for them. The price of the
Model C is unchanged, by the way.
- The Model C is already sold out. Model B's are still being
made in limited quantities, but they are backordered too.
Basically, demand for the Model C is very strong, and it
appears that Model C's will start appearing at health clubs
everywhere. This has already happened in Boston. CRASH-B
thus thought it would be a mistake to wait a year.
- We're also beginning to see the Model C ergs appear at
local universities, including small ones. It is unpleasant
for the rowing community to have to adapt to the cost of
rapid innovation (hatchet blades, new erg), but that is
not within our control. We can't hold back market forces.
- Those of us who've rowed on the Model C don't like it in the
beginning, but then we get used to it and don't notice the
difference. Some people say it really is better.
- Concept II will provide translation tables and a resistance
setting to keep times comparable to previous regattas. This
information will be widely disseminated.
- The warm-up area will have lots of Model C's for people to
use, again to reduce the "surprise" of a new erg type.
In other CRASH-B news, there will be Lightweight Men's and Women's
events as before, AND, except for the Open and Coxswain events, there
will be a "lightweight division" for all other events, in the form of
a check-off box on the entry form. The results will show rankings
within lightweight divisions, and the winners of lightweight divisions
will receive a prize.
Happy water rowing, till the waters freeze...
Member, CRASH-B Board
Geoffrey S. Knauth, Marble Associates, Inc. Member BCS-NeXT, LPF