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Sustainable rigger wrapping

At Sykes we now offer more sustainable rigger wrapping options. It is part of our commitment and determination to lead rowing to a more sustainable future. Our sustainable rigger wrapping A few months ago we announced our first initiative – replacing single-use plastic wrap for boats in transit. They will now be transported in inexpensive, reusable travel covers. We are very pleased to announce we will also be eliminating the use of single-use plastic on our riggers. Going forward we will offer two wrapping options, neither of which will incur an additional cost: a simple cardboard external cover a reusable...

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Concept2 oars in stock

  Check out our Concept2 oars in stock. We are now stocking a range of already assembled Scull and Sweep oars to suit the majority of our customers.    You can now order these directly from our online store.  The new Concept2 rigging tool to adjust the various fasteners on the oars is now available online as well. Below is a summary of oars currently in stock and available online as at 1 December 2021. Scull oars Shaft Blade Length Inboard Price Skinny Medium Smoothie2 Plain 284–289cm 79–91cm $1177.00 Bantam Ultralight Bantam 22x36 281–286cm 79–91cm $660.00 Ultralight Medium Smoothie2 Plain...

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Charger Surf Craft

Just over a year ago Sykes acquired Charger Surf Craft after deciding to diversify a little outside the sport of rowing. With our core competency in composites and boat building primarily in competitive water sports, we decided to explore the design and manufacture of boats that ‘go forwards’ in parallel with our rowing boats that ‘go backwards’. We found that surf skis, in particular the downwind models, are gaining popularity, growing at rates not dissimilar to cycling some 20+ years ago. We also found that all surf skis are imported. About Charger Surf Craft We feel fortunate we had the...

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The Jeff Sykes Rowing Centre

We are pleased and very proud to introduce Rowing Geelong’s new boat shed carrying the name of our founder, Jeff Sykes. The Jeff Sykes Rowing Centre will honour the enormous contribution Jeff has made to our sport both on and off the water.   Jeff was also recently recognised with Life Membership by Rowing Australia and it is thanks to Jeff that ‘Sykes’ is synonymous with rowing today. The Jeff Sykes Rowing Centre fulfils Jeff’s dream to give back to the sport and community he loves.  The Centre will be positioned alongside the Geelong College and Geelong Grammar rowing facilities...

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Oar pitch tips

We receive many questions regarding oar pitch and checking pitch on oars, so we have pulled together some oar pitch tips and information. Pitch check fixture All Concept2 oars are pitched at zero degrees at the time of purchase unless otherwise specified. The most accurate way to check oar pitch is by using a Pitch Check Fixture or similar fixture. Small corrections to the sleeve pitch are easily achieved by using a good quality scraper tool or a small sharp hand plane. Plumbline and ruler A number of coaches and rowers still like to use a plumbline and ruler method...

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