World’s Largest Rowing Boat Will Be In Chattanooga During The 2015 Head Of The Hooch Rowing Regatta

Monday, October 19, 2015
University of NC men and women rowing on Jordan Lake, NC on Sept. 18
University of NC men and women rowing on Jordan Lake, NC on Sept. 18
- photo by William Esterhuizen

The Stämpfli Express is the world’s largest rowing boat at 144 feet, 926 pounds, and can hold 24 rowers and a coxswain. It is made up of three, eight-person shells bolted together to form one rowing shell. Originating from Switzerland in 2001, it will have traveled to several U.S. regatta’s including the Head of the Charles (Boston) and the Head of the Schuylkill (Philadelphia) before making its appearance in Chattanooga. The Head of the Hooch, the second largest rowing regatta in the nation, will be held in Chattanooga Nov. 7-8. Attendance is expected to be more than 16,000 with an estimated economic impact of $5,618,000.

On Nov. 5 and 6, rides are open to rowing crews, corporate teams or anybody who wants to get a taste of rowing. These Thursday and Friday rides do not require any experience. Cost is $25 per seat.

On Nov. 7 and 8, rides are open to experienced rowers only because they will be rowing around the Hooch competitors. Cost is $50 per seat. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the local Chattanooga rowing initiative and the National Rowing Foundation. Registration is available online at www.regattacentral.com/regatta/index.jsp?job_id=4437

“The Stampfli made its debut in the U.S. on Jordan Lake. The rowers and the community had a blast.  We hope that the Stämpfli Express will encourage people to take a look at rowing and rowing clubs in their community. An outing in the Stampfli Express is the first step,” said William Esterhuizen, Head of the Hooch committee member and key initiator for the USA tour of the Stampfli.

Doug BeVille, Head of the Hooch assistant director said, “We are delighted that Stämpfli decided to come to Chattanooga to demonstrate the Stämpfli Express. It’s unique in rowing to have a shell that can seat 24 rowers and a coxswain. The Stämpfli Express is basically three eight-person shells bolted together to form a shell 144 feet long. It’s very stable and even inexperienced people can learn to row in this amazing boat.”

Meghan Brundage, Riverside Boat Club member & Women Rowers Professional Network founder said, “The boat has surprising set and send. It was comfortable, fun, and fast. I sat in the 23rd seat and it was incredible to turn around and see 22 rowers behind me. The spirit of the US tour is impressive with a mission to be innovative, share something fun, and provide a unique opportunity for people to learn how to row. Melchior Bürgin is investing in each community by allowing them to use the boat as a fundraiser to benefit local clubs. This kind of pay-it-forward investment in the greater rower community is heart-warming and contagious.”

Crew rowing the Stampfli on the Potomac, DC on Sept. 27
Crew rowing the Stampfli on the Potomac, DC on Sept. 27
- photo by Dan Ketelsen

Cleveland State's Robert Brewer Receives Environmental Honors

TWRA Responds To 3 Boating Accidents

Tennessee Hunting And Trapping Guide - The Same But Different


The Tennessee Wildlife Foundation honored Cleveland State Community College Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries program director Robert Brewer as the Conservation Educator of the Year at the 55th ... (click for more)

TWRA officers responded to three serious boating incidents over the weekend. Incidents resulted in three life flights to area medical establishments. The first incident occurred on Watts ... (click for more)

The 2020-21 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide is out and being delivered to stores where licenses are sold. Check out changes to rules and regulations for this upcoming deer season in the ... (click for more)



Outdoors

Cleveland State's Robert Brewer Receives Environmental Honors

The Tennessee Wildlife Foundation honored Cleveland State Community College Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries program director Robert Brewer as the Conservation Educator of the Year at the 55th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards. “Winning this award means the world to me,” said Mr. Brewer. “It tells me my work is recognized by my colleagues and that it is making a difference ... (click for more)

TWRA Responds To 3 Boating Accidents

TWRA officers responded to three serious boating incidents over the weekend. Incidents resulted in three life flights to area medical establishments. The first incident occurred on Watts Bar, just north of King Creek in Roane County, around 6 p.m. on Saturday. A 48-year-old Rockwood man entered the water from his boat, misjudging water depth. The boat propeller struck the ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Police Chief Roddy Says Violence In Chattanooga Mirroring That In Many Other Cities

Police Chief David Roddy said a surge in violence in Chattanooga since late May is mirroring that of many other cities across the country. He said homicides and aggravated assaults here are up 17 percent and criminal shootings have risen 24 percent. At the same time, other categories or crime are about the same or trending down. Chief Roddy said, "There are a lot of theories" ... (click for more)

Hamilton, Bledsoe, Bradley, Marion And Sequatchie Counties Have New Coronavirus Deaths

The Hamilton County Health Department reported Tuesday that the total number of Hamilton County resident deaths has risen to 56, an increase of one since Monday. Total cases now are 6,278 in Hamilton County, up 87. There are 4,763 people that have recovered from the virus in the county. The number of COVID patients in Intensive Care has increased one since Monday to 27. ... (click for more)

Opinion

Best Wishes To HCDE's Tim Hensley In His Retirement

I have filed many open records requests over the years, and no open records administrator has performed as HCDE’s Tim Hensley. It is truly lala land seeking public records from governments and their agencies. There are many methods utilized to render public records unattainable to citizens, such as making the records cost prohibitive, government attorneys declaring their entire ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Lunchbox Letters

You’ll remember the COVID crisis abruptly ended the 2019-20 school year in April and then followed a miserable four months where the flu effectively prohibited our children from seeing their friends, playing Little League baseball and being on the swim team. Our psychologists tell us the children have also suffered from “negative mental health issues.” Children need to begin catching ... (click for more)