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How to Use Our Non-Slip Boat Pad Collection
It’s been just more than a year since we launched our RowingPad product line featuring non-slip technology, and the response has been exceptional.
Available with the 10MM, 20MM, and now 30MM Boat Pad or as a peel-and-stick add-on to your current RowingPad boat pad, our Non-Slip Technology adds a textured layer to your pad base to help it grip the boat seat and stay put for the duration of your row. Our favorite part? The coating holds firm despite the elements—meaning you can maintain your stability even on those days when you have to race or train in wet or cold conditions.
How to Apply the Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On
If you row competitively or often in wet conditions, you may have tried numerous DIY methods to add some grip to your seat. But for our non-slip collection, the textured coating is applied directly to the pad—not the seat. This means your new rowing superpower (slip-resistance!) is as portable as your pad versus anchored to one boat.
Here’s what to expect based on which Non-Slip product you purchase from RowingPad. With the 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip, which features a single layer of our resilient firm polymer foam, the non-slip coating comes pre-applied to the pad. When your pad arrives, you will notice a thin (1/8″ thick) additional layer attached to the underside of your pad. This textured layer is the Non-Slip, and it will help hold your pad in place on the seat of any boat.
For the 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip, the coating comes separately—and here’s why. Our 20MM Boat Pad features a dual-density, soft/firm construction. This means it can be used soft or firm side up depending on personal preference. We ship the Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On separately with your order so you can decide which side of the pad you want to apply the coating to. For example, if you prefer a firm cushion, you will apply the add-on layer to the soft side of your pad.
The coating also currently ships separately with the 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip (our newest addition to the Non-Slip line), which features three incredibly cushy layers of polymer foam in a soft/medium/soft density core. You can apply to either side of the pad as both are the same density.
The Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On ships as a 1/8″-thick single layer featuring the textured non-slip technology on one side. You can apply it to any RowingPad boat pad you currently own using the peel-and-stick application process.
The application process is a simple peel-and-stick method. You will find instructions from RowingPad on how to best apply in the shipment with your order.
Shop the Non-Slip Technology collection now. Available as: 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip coating comes pre-applied to the pad); 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip coating comes separately so you can choose whether to apply to the firm or soft side of the dual-density pad); 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip coating comes separately); and Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On (apply to any RowingPad boat pad).
The Perfect Father’s Day Gift: On the Water with Dad
Our annual Father’s Day listing of great races to head to with your dad this summer continues for 2019, though this year we’ve added a few new ways to share in the excitement of rowing with the guy who raised you.
We may be (just a bit) biased, but in our opinion quality father-child bonding time doesn’t get much better than sharing in the energy and excitement of a day spent watching live competitive rowing. This time of year, the New England region is chock-full of prestigious, well-run events along some truly scenic waterways, not to mention some major annual events taking place a bit farther afield.
Why not enjoy a memorable family day at one of the 9 summer regattas and rowing events we’ve rounded up below? Combine your outing with a special Father’s Day gift for your rowing patriarch: a new boat or erg pad. This year you can make him the envy of his boat club with one of RowingPad’s brand-new boat pads featuring Anti-Slip Technology. Already a trusty tool among some of today’s top professional rowers, the pads have a slip-resistant coating that provides stability even in wet or extra cold conditions. If you’re shopping for a regular erg user, you can’t beat the quality and design of our ErgPads, available in several densities and with or without comfort cutouts.
1) June 15: The Schuylkill Navy Regatta
Stroll back in time as you check out the 15 boathouses, all at least a century old and home to the member clubs of the Schuylkill Navy, that make up historic Boathouse Row along the Schuylkill River. The iconic racing river is undergoing a massive dredging effort this summer to ensure it continues to be a viable waterway for rowing. Though this early summer race is lower profile than some of the other annual fixtures that take place here (see regatta No. 2 on our list), it is rich with America’s rowing heritage and set in Philadelphia’s stunning Fairmount Park.
2) June 28, 29, and 30: The Independence Day Regatta
Make a pre-Fourth of July pilgrimage to the birthplace of the nation—and the birthplace of American rowing. This annual regatta, one of several hosted by the Schuylkill Navy, dates back to the 1880s and figures prominently in the rich history of the sport in the U.S. What was originally called “the People’s Regatta” has grown into a major competition featuring upwards of 1,000 boats and numerous ancillary activities, including a College Expo for rising seniors. Book a nearby hotel and spend a few beautiful summer mornings along the historic Schuylkill River before setting out for afternoon adventures around Philadelphia with your own crew.
3) July 3–7: Henley Royal Regatta
Bring your patriotic spirit across the Pond for a last-minute July Fourth escape to this most storied of rowing events. A milestone celebration for the truly passionate lifelong rower, a trip to England for this annual international regatta, which features more than 200 races, can’t be beat. Remember to pack your pinstripes (the dress code remains quite strict) and prepare to soak in all of the wonderfully quaint riverside rowing tradition.
4) July 9 to July 14: USRowing National Championships
If your family includes teenagers or college students who are at all interested in racing, make the trip to Harsha Lake in Ohio for this steadily growing summer regatta that showcases the most talented under 17, under 19, intermediate, senior and elite athletes in the country. This year the regatta will expand to 6 days and has dropped “Club” from the title moving forward to reflect the re-integration of elite-level race categories. Stay in Cincinnati, just 25 miles from the lake, for the weekend—the small city might surprise you with all that’s new and cool to see there (for ideas, check out this article).
5) July 13: USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships
The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are some of the most active in the country’s rowing community, so this Masters level championship is sure to feature some excellent racing. The Bellegarde Boathouse at UMass Lowell, the home base for the action, is perched right on the Merrimack River in Lowell Heritage State Park with views of the entire course from the shoreline—a great setting for a day of spectating, picnicking, and riverside sunsets.
6) July 27: Wooden Boat Classic Regatta
San Francisco, CA
Surprise Dad with a West Coast excursion to a beloved throwback rowing event at the South End Rowing Club’s Wooden Boat Classic. The San Francisco Bay-based club, founded in 1873, maintains a fleet of over 30 boats, including wooden rowboats and Whitehulls, some of which are 100 years old. Enjoy the scene of wooden boat enthusiasts rowing against a backdrop of Alcatraz Island, then tour the South End boathouse, which displays out-of-service wooden shells from years past, including Pocock boats, which your pops may have read about in the book The Boys in the Boat (another fantastic Father’s Day gift idea), about the University of Washington’s journey to the 1936 Olympics.
7) August 3: Narragansett Boat Club Sweeps & Sculls
Planning for a Brown crew alumnus? Check out the NBC’s annual Sweeps & Sculls regatta, an accessible, centrally located event to plan a family day around. This Rhody rowing club has a fascinating history (which you can read on its website) that will intrigue any passionate rower. The boathouse is perched right on the edge of the Seekonk River, in the Blackstone Park recreation area and upriver of the Brown boathouse. Graduates of that Ivy League rowing program can attest to the Seekonk’s strong currents and choppy waves—any race on this course is sure to be fun to watch.
8) Ongoing, Indoor Rowing Classes
Locations Near You
Maybe your dad is less of an on-water rower and more into the ergometer. Join forces for the day (or make a commitment to meet up for a weekly class) and motivate each other for a personal best. Indoor rowing studios across the country offer first-rate instruction from experienced rowers along with innovative ways to get your muscles pumped and your mind focused. In the New England region, we love Power Rowing, in Brookline, Massachusetts, right outside Boston, which offers a great assortment of straight rowing and combo classes. (Read our interview with Power Rowing’s inspirational founder, Bryan Fuller.) Bonus: You can scoop up a new RowingPad for Dad at the studio to add some extra comfort to his workouts.
9) June – August: Community Rowing Inc. Programs
Brighton and Auberdale, MA
For an on-water, hands-on experience for Dad and the whole family, take your rowing enthusiasm to the boats! Organizations like the excellent Community Rowing Inc. out of Boston are offering more diverse summer programming to get rowers of all age levels and experience out on the water. Let your personal rowing pro teach you the strokes at the two-hour Parent-Child Sculling Sunday, held along the tranquil Upper Charles River. The program runs throughout the summer. Or get your extended family together for the Charles River Rowing League, for 6 weeks of training and (friendly) racing against other groups of 8 to 10, based out of the Harry Parker Boathouse. It will be something you and your family can look forward to doing together every week—a Father’s Day gift that lasts all summer!
A very happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there—on the boat or off!
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Goodbye, Slip and Slide! RowingPad Introduces Non-Slip Boat Pad Technology
The RowingPad team is proud and excited to share the launch of our latest product line, which features non-slip technology for the ultimate anti-skid, slip-resistant rowing experience.
Available with the 10MM or 20MM Boat Pad or as a peel-and-stick add-on to your current RowingPad boat pad, our Non-Slip Technology adds a textured layer to your pad base to help it grip the boat seat and stay put for the duration of your row. Our favorite part? The coating holds firm despite the elements—meaning you can maintain your stability even on those days when you have to race or train in wet or cold conditions.
You Asked, We Listened
Our unofficial motto is “designed by rowers for rowers,” and that ethos is at the heart of the non-slip pad’s origination. Our founders have battled against the occasional skid or slip during a race and were determined to find an easy solution that didn’t detract from the other beneficial features of our pads. They also regularly solicit input from the network of expert rowing pros and coaches who turn to RowingPad as their pads of choice, continually looking for ways to improve our products or provide new solutions to common rowing issues. Several of our much-respected friends have tested our new boat pads with Non-Slip Technology and given it enthusiastic reviews.
We are hopeful that their response is echoed among our early customers and welcome your feedback!
Shop the Non-Slip Technology collection now. Available as: 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip coating comes pre-applied to the pad); 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip coating comes separately so you can choose whether to apply to the firm or soft side of the dual-density pad); and Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On (apply to any RowingPad boat pad).
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