In the February issue of Rowing News, two of NK’s rowing products were highlighted among several others as “game changers” in rowing. The NK team feels proud to have its products included on the list with other products that transformed the sport into what it is today. Those that made the list consisted of the Ergometer, Big Blades, Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber Boats to name a few.
Where would the sport be if it wasn’t for this game altering ideas? For instance, life before the CoxBox forced the coxswains to lug around 3 different pieces of equipment to get the same information they can now get with just one. As the article mentions, prior to 1979, “coxwains had a bunch of sound equipment crammed into a metal lunch box.” [In the past], “the coxwain had a stop watch taped to one leg, a stroke watch to the other, and the now-repaired sound system between his feet.”
Next on the list for NK was the Pace Coach, now named the Speed Coach since several features and upgrades have been added to the product since its debut in the 1980′s. Before the Speed Coach existed, rowers had no real way of knowing how fast they were going so they had nothing to accurately measure it against each time they got on the water. After the invention of the Speed Coach, the boat’s speed could be measured in real time, taking the guesswork out of the game.
NK team of engineers will continue to work hard to come up with new innovative ideas that will keep improving the sport and making things more practical for the athletes.
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