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HUDSON Boat Works is expanding its operations with the incorporation of HUDSON USA.

HUDSON USA will be led by former SHARK Team and US National Team members Matt Muffelman and Dan Walsh in the Greater Boston, MA region and Sarasota, FL.

Following the success of HUDSON UK in Great Britain, the US business will offer enhanced local support, service, and distribution to the Eastern US.

HUDSON is a World Rowing Partner,  Official Supplier to Rowing Canada and US Rowing, Gold Boat Builder for Head of the Charles Regatta, and exclusive boat partner with The Gold Cup.


Matt Muffelman
Matt Muffelman
2008 USA Lighweight M8+
2008 USA LM8+ World Champions (Matt in Stroke Seat)


Dan Walsh
Dan Walsh
2008 USA M8+
2008 USA M8+ Olympic Bronze Medallists (Dan in 5 Seat)

Great 8+’s return to the SHARK Zone for 2017 HOCR

2017 HOCR Great 8+s

The 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta proved to be one of the warmest and driest in recent history, which led to people looking for their shorts and sunglasses, and to a reported 300,000 spectators lining the banks.


Racing kicked off at 7:45AM on Saturday, October 21st - boating out of the SHARK Zone, Tom Bishop of the Quintin Boat Club was the first athlete on course, and by the end of the race had built up an over 40 second lead to win the Men’s Senior Veteran’s Single.

2017 HOCR Tom Bishop

The Men’s Great 8+ signalled a changing of the guard at the top end in the sculling world, with Olympic Silver Medallist Damir Martin, and Olympic Bronze Medallist coxswain Peter Wiersum being the only carryovers from 2016. Racing a USP U8.42 the competition promised to be stiff with University of California Berkeley and Rowing Canada (also racing a USP U8.42) looking strong. The Great 8+ managed to smash the previous course record, but were bested by 2.7 seconds in the end by an outstanding performance by Cal.

2017 HOCR Cal 8+

The Women’s Great 8+ were returning 4 scullers and their coxswain from their winning 2016 boat, but a late illness saw 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist Gevvie Stone step back into the boat on race day, and a shuffle of the seating order. The transition appeared seamless as the Women won, beating the US and Canadian Training Center entries, and setting the course record by close to 30 seconds in a USP U8.21.

2017 HOCR Great W8+

In addition to the Great 8+’s, four of the world’s top Lightweight Men from the Skibbereen Rowing Club in Ireland joined HUDSON and Concept2 in the SHARK Zone. Brothers, and Rio Silver Medallists, Paul and Gary O’Donovan were game to race the newly designed U2.22 USP 2x. They would be racing against 2017 World Championship Lightweight Men’s Pair Champions Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll. The O’Donovan brothers we’re leading the Championship Doubles at the Cambridge Boat Club by more than 4 seconds, but took the last corner wide to finish second by the smallest of margins; one tenth of a second.

2017 HOCR Champ 2x

In the Collegiate races, the Cavaliers from UVA raced their USP U8.42 to a win and set a course record in the Men’s 8+’s. The Women from Bates echoed that performance with a win, and setting a new high water mark by over 20 seconds.



Men's Senior Veteran Singles I and II [70+]

Qunitin - Tom Bishop (1)

Men's Senior Master Eights [50+]

Melbourne Uni. (Grand Masters Champs - 12th overall)

Men's Senior Master Fours [50+]

Sammamish R.A. (Grand Masters Champs - 7th overall)

Men's Senior Master Doubles [50+]

Toronto Sculling Club (Grand Master Winner - 7th overall)

Women's Master Doubles [40+]


Women's Senior Masters Singles [40+]

Ridley Grad BC – Michelle Prince (1)

Women's Alumni Eights

Virginia (1) *Course Record

Women's Club Eights

CRI (Club Champions - 4th Overall)

Men's Master Fours [40+]

Sammamish R. A. (1) *Course Record

Women's Master Eights [40+]

Toronto Sculling Club (1)

Men's Championship Doubles

RCA (Lightweight Champions - 3rd overall)

Women's Championship Doubles

RCA (Lightweight Champions - 2nd overall)

Mixed Legs/Trunk/Arms Fours

CRI (1)

Mixed Inclusion 4+

CRI  (1 and 2)

Mixed Inclusion 2x

Austria (1) *Course Record

Womens Youth Coxed Quad

Don RC (1) *Course Record

Men's Youth Doubles

GMS Rowing (1) *Course Record

Men's Youth Fours

South Niagara RC (1) *Course Record

Men's Championship Fours

University of California Berkeley (College Champs - 2nd overall)

Men's Championship Eights

University of California Berkeley (1) *Course Record

Men's Collegiate Eights

University of Virginia (1) *Course Record

Women's Championship Eights

Sudbury RC (1) *Course Record

Women's Collegiate Eights

Bates College (1) *Course Record

International Elite descend on SHARK Zone At 2016 HOCR

The 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta proved to be the biggest ever for HUDSON, where we hosted over 80 crews, a large number of which were international, including more than a dozen Rio Olympic medalists.

At past Head of the Charles Regattas, we've experienced all four seasons, (with at least one year having all four in one regatta) - we planned, and came to the regatta prepared. Mother Nature did not disappoint, with flood warning alarms going off on various Weather Apps on Friday evening, we were delivered a small lake in the middle of the SHARK Zone just in time for racing to begin Saturday morning. With an electric pump, and several hundred buckets hand carried, the lake was drained and a bed of hay laid before most crews arrived.

Fresh off the 2016 Rio Olympics, the worlds top scullers joined HUDSON and Concept2 in the SHARK Zone as members of the Women's and Men's Great 8+'s. Featuring the past two Olympic champions on the Women's side, and the past four (in two Men, with two titles each) on the Men's side, the lineups looked strong.

Beyond the Great 8+'s, the SHARK Zone was host to a number of other recognizable medalists including five Gold Medalists from the dominant GB Men’s sweep squad and the O’Donovan brothers from Skibbereen, Ireland whose inspirational Silver medal performance in the LM2x caught the imagination of a nation. The brothers arrived in Boston complete with their own camera crew. Pull like a dog.





The Women set a punishing pace, gapping the Olympic sweepers 8+ at every mark, leaving them over 15 seconds behind at the line.

Great W8+

Not to be outdone, 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the M2x Kjetil Borch, took to the Championship 1x in a U1.42 to win his third title.

Champ 1x

While the Men's Great 8+ struggled to find the same rhythm that brought them victory in 2014, Row360 did not miss the opportunity to watch and the get the blow by blow on the epic Men's 1x battle in Rio with Mahe and Damir.


Book-ending the Championship results, were some outstanding Youth results, with cross Bay Rivals Oakland Strokes and Marin going One-Two in the Youth Men's 8+'s, and athletes training in three different countries taking the top three spots in the Youth Men's 1x.

Oakland Strokes



Men's Senior Master Eights [50+]

Molesey Boat Club (1)

Women's Senior Master Eights [50+]

Long Beach RA (1)

Women's Senior Master Fours [50+]

Toronto Sculling (1)

Women's Senior Masters Singles [40+]

Ridley Graduate BC – Michelle Prince (1)

Women's Club Eights

Community Rowing (Club Champs - 7th overall)

Women's Master Eights [40+]

Toronto Sculling (1)

Men's Championship Doubles

Trent University (College Champs – 4th overall)

ICBC/LC (Lightweight – 11th overall)

Women's Championship Doubles

Lausanne Sport (Lightweight – 3rd overall)

Men's Championship Singles

Horten RK – Kjetil Borch (1)

Tresnjevka – Damir Martin (3)

Men's Youth Singles

Brockville RC – Nick Everett (1)

Redwood Scullers - Doran Finley (2)

American School – Tyler Skow (3)

Mixed Legs/Trunk/Arms Fours

US Para National Team (1)

Mixed Inclusion 2x

Community Rowing (1)

Community Rowing (2)

Women's Youth Fours

Three Rivers RA (1)

Womens Youth Coxed Quad

Don RC (1)

Mens Youth Coxed Quad

Marlow (1)

Men's Youth Eights

Oakland Strokes (1)

Marin (2)

Men's Collegiate Fours

FIT (1)

Women's Championship Fours

Denmark (1)

Women's Lightweight Fours

Western University (1)

Men's Lightweight Eights

Western University (1)

Cornell University (2)

Women's Championship Eights

Cambridge (1)

Directors' Challenge Mixed Eight

US Para National Team (1)

Men's Collegiate Eights

Laga (1)

Rio has a Flair for the Dramatic

HUDSON Boat Works is proud to announce its first fleet sale in Brazil with a purchase of eight boats by the historically significant, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, a few months ahead of the Olympic Regatta and the 121st anniversary of the club. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo was founded as a rowing club in 1895 by a group of men who used to gather at Café Lamas, in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.

Flamengo Rowing Club

The Brazilian sports club’s most significant sporting outlet is the football (soccer) team which played its first official game in 1912. Flamengo became one of the most successful clubs in Brazilian football, having won five Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles, three Copa do Brasil titles and a record 33 Campeonato Carioca trophies. Its traditional playing colors are red and black hooped shirts with white shorts and red and black hooped socks

The rowing club is located on some prized Rio real estate situated on the edge of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, in the heart of Rio located between the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and the spectacular backdrop of mountains, the Tijuca Forest and Christ the Redeemer statue at Corcovado. The Flamengo Club sits at the finish line of the 2000m regatta course that will be transformed into an Olympic venue and host the Rowing events for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Flamengo Rowing Club

Horacio Sicilia, HUDSON Authorized Agent South America, worked closely with Mr. Bruno Cotecchia, Rowing Vice President, Mr. Leandro Loureiro, Rowing Head Coach, and Edson Figueiredo, Rowing Manager, to confirm the sale of eight HUDSON Shark rowing shells including three 2x’s, one 2-/x, one 4-, two 4-/x, and one 8+. Recently the fleet of SHARKS were celebrated and christened by the Flamengo Club which can be seen in the image gallery and have quickly become the boat of choice for all competitive members.

HUDSON is excited to welcome Clube de Regatas do Flamengo to the SHARK side and looking forward to building a supportive relationship with this flagship rowing club.

Fique com cuidado, Flamengo lançou oito SHARKS na Olympic Lagoa no Rio.

Para Frente! Força Flamengo! Força Brazil!