Adopt a national team rower!

Being an elite rower in the US is tough. I am sure most of the US rowers have dreamed at one point of their career about having been born in the UK, Germany, Australia, or New Zealand - countries that take real good care of their rowers.

The US selection process does not make things easy for the athletes, too (and reamins incomprehensible for all outsiders).

One athlete who - in our opinion - somewhat defied the system is Olivia Coffey (little sister of our coach - so we are biased).

She became world champion in the 4x in Aiguebelette - the huge surprise of that event (we were there and felt the surprise in the grandstand when the Germans got beat).

In Rio she was an alternate - only shooting pool with the Aussie coaching team - instead of doing what she does best: rowing. We did not understand.

Then she disappeared from the US and reappeared in Cambridge. Getting an MBA.

For the first time being exposed to European coaching. You have to read her interview where she speaks about the differences - Cambridge building vs. the US emphasizing testing. She must have impressed the Brits - she got promoted from 6th seat in February to stroke the 2018 Boat Race - winning it in a dominant fashion.

So the question was: how will US Rowing react? They did the unexpected: they put her on the team and let her stroke the W8+ to a gold medal at the Worlds in Plovdiv. The whole thing reminds us a bit of GB Rowing and Constantine Louloudis.

So like Louloudis did before her, we hope that Olivia Coffey will win gold in the Tokyo Olympics. Being beamingly happy and freshly engaged and winning the US Rowing fan choice award for sure helps with the motivation to do the grueling winter training - long, boring, hard miles.

We hope that US Rowing has the foresight to continue to invest in her and we hope she stays healthy till then.

Would be great if she could better her father’s Olympic silver from Montreal with a gold from Tokyo.

We wish her all the best and hope to see her again at one of our CHaOS outings.

REAL World Champions hang out with CHaOS

Olivia Coffey (two times World Champion, stroke of winning Cambridge in this year’s boat race) and her fiance Michael Bloomquist (World Champion in his own right) wanted to row with CHaOS today.

Unfortunately the flooded marina and the weather gods did not cooperate.

Tough land training instead:

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If you have not done so yet, please give Olivia your vote in the US Rowing Fan Awards!

We feel honored that Liv and Michael took time out of their busy schedule to meet with us and are looking forward to seeing them at the FISA World Championships in Linz Oggersheim next September!

Head of the Hooch Results: Reason to be proud!

ALL our boats finished in the top 6 of their event and age group!!!

We couldn’t be happier and more proud of our rowers.

Rank Event Raw time Corrected time (Sunday events 2K)
1st Women’s 1x Celia 8,40.3 7.39.0

2nd Men’s Masters 4x 15.48.7 14.18.7 (2nd overall, 2nd 50+)

4th Men’s 1x Richard 7.49.7 7.01.7

5th Men’s Masters 2x 17.22.5 15.45.3 (5th overall, 5th 50+)

5th Men’s Masters Lightweight Avram (for Carolina) 9.27.4 7.22.4 (pretty brave man to go out in these conditions)

6th Men’s Master 8+ 17.24.1 16.05.7 (10th overall, 6th 50+)

6th Mixed masters 4x 17.12.3 15.59.4 (9th overall, 6th 50+)

6th Men’s 1x Tim 7.50.2 7.05.2

6th Women’s Master 4x 7.50.1 7.41.1 (6th under 50, 15th overall)

Pictures and detailed report to follow!

Raw times will define training pairings for this winter … just kidding.

Hurricane Florence forces the 12 going to the FISA Worlds to train on the erg!

Well, this should have been the last week of hard training before the FISA Masters World Championships in Sarasota.

Hurricane Florence had other plans (always those Italians …).

Tuesday night practice was spent fetching the trailer of UNC Men’s rowing team in Chapel Hill. Their Coach Micah Boyd generously offered us their trailer (ours still stolen - transporting hay and straw on some farm in Lee County) to bring our boats, oars and material to safety.

Wednesday morning: Last training. Brutal 5 times 500 meters all out.

Wednesday night: Conditions would have been perfect for practice. However, we had to load all our club’s belongings on the UNC trailer.

Half of our our members came to help.

Part of the members who helped load all CHaOS possesions on the trailer. All in all 50% of membership came to help. Yes, that is sweat on the shirt of the famous CFO. Proud of the ethics of our members!

Part of the members who helped load all CHaOS possesions on the trailer. All in all 50% of membership came to help. Yes, that is sweat on the shirt of the famous CFO. Proud of the ethics of our members!

For a club that started with 4 boats 4 years ago, we have grown to quite some size … Total of 16 boats (all but 2) on the trailer, all oars, riggers, slings, and everything else

Looks empty without our boats - Felix the trash man picking up all the trash before the flood washes it away.  If predictions are correct there will be water up to Felix’ waist - or even higher.

Looks empty without our boats - Felix the trash man picking up all the trash before the flood washes it away. If predictions are correct there will be water up to Felix’ waist - or even higher.

In 3 days this dock will be so deep under water that only the last big section and our white dock will be visible. Everything else will be under water!!!

Our equipment in safety: Located in the Crosswinds boat yard with an escape route through Apex Boatworks, 248 feet over sea level, 8 feet above flood level and far away from any tree that could be blown over.

A big Thank you very much! to John of Crosswinds Boating Center as well as Steve and Brandon of Apex Boatworks for your help and support. It is good to have a great landlord and generous neighbors.

What next?

  • Friday: weights in the morning, erg in the evening

  • Saturday: Erg - stay tuned for instructions from Richard M.

  • Sunday: Erg in the morning - potentially move trailer in the afternoon

  • Monday: first day of a week full of erging

  • September 23rd: Asheville Rowing Club comes to pick up our boats for Sarasota. Thank you very much!

  • Thursday September 27th: First 3 races in Sarasota at the FISA World Master Championships

Missing Trailer: $ 2,000 finders fee!

When we wanted to pick up our trailer last Thursday at our Lee County NC storage location it was ... GONE.

Lock at gate was forcefully opened and the trailer is no longer there.

WE NEED THIS TRAILER BACK! Otherwise our participation at the FISA World Masters Regatta in Sarasota (FL) at the end of Septemberis jeopardized  - one year of hard training in vain.

We therefore offer a $2,000 finders fee for the recovery of this trailer!

It is an 2005 Aluminum Allegheny CST-27 Trailer with VIN #1A95A382X5C460481if and was last seen at 6066 Lower River Road, Sanford, NC.

If you know where it is, contact us in confidence at .

Thank you for your help!


Safety is here: last gap in fleet closed

CHaOS just completed the acquisition of a safety launch that can also be used for coaching.

The good news: it handles easily and doe not draw a wake wake even with the entire Claire/Zach family (all 2.5 of them) and Tim on it.

Thank you Tim, Claire, Zach, Felix, and all the other members who contributed towards the boat and its storage.

First official use of it: Capsizing class. Details to follow!



SE Regionals: CHaOS medalled in every event entered: 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze

Rob B, Tim, Richard S., and Richard M. had very successful 2 days at the US Rowing Master Sprints Southeast:

  • Tim and Richard M. won the Masters E category 2x in their fastest time ever
  • won the Masters E Category 4x (beating both Catawba boats- hope to repeat that at the HOOCH)
  • came in second in the Open 4x (only beaten by 4 College of Charleston students rowing as Atlanta Juniors)
  • Richard M. came in 3rd in the category D-E Men's 1x final (Tim qualifuied for the Final as second in his Heat, but took a swim with the alligators right at the start of the Final - allegedly because of the seaweed prevalent on the course)
  • Richard M came in 3d in the Open Mens 1x, Tim came in 4th.

CHaOS is listed in the middle of the club points ranking. If they had awarded an efficiency trophy (as they now do at the Nationals), CHaOS whould have most likely won it. What other club did medal in every event they entered?


Next: Diamond States Sprints in Middletown - then off to the FISA World Masters in Sarasota.


CHaOS Challenge raises $ 5'235 for Adaptive rowing in the Triangle

Thanks to the generosity of the following individuals the CHaOS Challenge raised more than our goal of $5'000 for the adaptive rowing in the Triangle:

Adetoun O., Alison V., Amanda H., Amelia D., April M., Barb T. Brad B., Carol H., Chatham Amateur Oar Society (CHaOS), Cheryl H., Claude N, David T., Eugenia M., Felix M., Heidi W., Jan Y.,, Joanne C., John P., Katherin B., Lenore M., Martin B., Michael H., Paul H., Rachael B., Reid W., Richard McD., Richard S., Robert W., Samantha H., Scott T., Sharon D., Susan H., Timothy B., Tracy L., WS.

The equipment purchased with the $ 5'235 was first used at the Valor Games SE and made many athletes happy:

And even better: It is now used on Lake Crabtree by the very same athletes who wanted to "give it a try on real water'.

Big success!

Thank you very much!


$1,760 to raise to meet our goal - CHaOS matches your donation $ for $

In March we released the CHaOS Challenge to 500 rowers asking them to help us raise $ 5,000 for adaptive rowing equipment.

The equipment will first be used at this year's Valor Games and then be made available by Bridge2Sport to any other local club who wants to add adaptive rowing to their indoor events.

We are proud to report that we have raise $3,240 so far. 82% of the contributions came from CHaOS members. We thank everybody for their generous contribution!!!

And now to YOU!!!

If you you MAKE A DONATION here (fully tax deductible) between now and May 23rd, 2018, CHaOS Rowing will match your donation $ for $ until the goal is reached.
Please enter "CHaOS Challenge match" in the comment field to make sure we can match your generous gift

Means: if you give 25, CHaOS will give another 25 and ALL adaptive rowers in the Triangle will have access to the great adaptive equipment shown in the pictures.

We hope you will raid the coffers of CHaOS and thereby help us reach the goal of raising $5'000 by May 23rd!

Thank you!




Please contribute adaptive rowing equipment to the Valor Games

Dear Fellow Rowers

Indoor rowing is one of the most popular events among Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities  competing at the Valor Games Southeast organized by Bridge2Sports.

It is extremely inspiring to see athletes of all ages with various physical and mental disabilities mastering the challenge of a 500 erg race, first alone, then in a group of 2. Info about the Valor Games.

To help grow the indoor rowing event and to reduce cost, Bridge2Sports, organizer of the Valor Games, wants to purchase the adaptive rowing equipment rather than renting it every year at a rather high cost. They have asked CHaOS Rowing to raise the respective funds from the rowing community.

$ 5’000 is all it takes to purchase the necessary hooks, straps, fixed seats etc. to convert the regular Concept 2 ergs into an adaptive rowing machines.

Will you help us raise the $ 5’000?

Contributions are fully tax deductible!

No contribution is too small to make the Veterans happy.

Added benefit for you and your club: Bridge2Sport will make the adaptive equipment available to ANY rowing club in the area who wants to offer adaptive rowing at their indoor events. Please contact Ashley Thomas if you need the converters for your indoor event.

How to contribute:

Please make your contribution directly to Bridge2Sports by clicking this link

In the field “Company” please enter “CHaOS Challenge” to make sure that your contribution goes towards the purchase of the adaptive rowing equipment.

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Please pass this message on to your members and rowing friends.

We will keep you informed how the fundraising progresses – so far we have raised slightly over $1’000.

Thank you very much for helping us make indoor rowing one of the anchor events in all forthcoming Valor Games!

CHaOS Rowing
Felix Muhlebach, President
Richard McDonogh, Treasurer
Timothy Bukowski, BMIW (you will figure out what it means)