Rowperfect UK Limited was founded in 1991 by Harry Mahon the legendary NZ rowing coach and Tony Brook World Gold medallist to import Rowperfect rowing simulators into the UK for the first time. Harry was coaching the GB 8 in preparation for the Sydney Olympic Games at the time and he was quickly convinced that the Rowperfect would help him achieve the best possible results from the crew. He thought that if they rowed with technical excellence and a common power application and force curves, he could overcome their strength shortcomings and create a fast crew of skilled boat-movers. They won a Gold Medal.
In 2001 Grant Craies joined Tony and started to use Rowperfect with his crews at Tideway Scullers School. Later, Rebecca Caroe also joined and Tony left the business. Since then the range of products has expanded—to e-books and DVDs, rating watches, coaching advice, rowing gloves, Coxmate coxing equipment—and the Rowperfect website is gaining a reputation as a place to find educational resources and new ideas to help them build rowing, sculling, coxing and coaching skills.
In 2018 Sam Wilson joined the company as Manager—he’s the friendly voice behind the emails and the phone! Sam has a long rowing pedigree as an athlete and has previously worked both at a UK boatbuilder and an oar manufacturer. Rebecca and Grant decided in 2018 to pass the Rowperfect business to Volker a masters rower who is passionate about rowing, touring and boats. He will carry the Rowperfect spirit and philosophy into the future.