A specialized single for lightweight competitors!
The Light is a truly unique, performance driven racer. It shares the same durability and ease of rowing as the Endurance Series racers, and the high quality hardware and innovative design of the Torque. But what makes it stand out in the elite world of single racers is its detailed engineering for smaller, lighter people:
"The Light is made for youth rowing and men and women weighing under 130 lbs. The boat is compressed but it is not cut down. It’s 24 feet long, so it’s size specific for lightweight rowers. It’s a scaled down racer but like the Torque the hull is a little heavier in the bow to add stability at the catch. These things combined with the adjustability and quality of the hardware make it a great boat for racing as well as gaining a foundation in sculling."
The success of the Light as a racer could only be achieved by designing the boat specifically for its weight class, as opposed to cutting down a longer boat that is engineered for a heavier rower:
"In boatbuilding there’s a point where you just cannot decrease the depth of the hull. It doesn’t work any more; it just doesn’t run in the water. So the boat has to become shorter and deeper again. Same thing for a short boat. You can’t just increase the depth more and more in a short boat for a heavier rower. It just becomes more advantageous to lengthen the boat, up to 28 ft for a 250lb rower, for instance. I designed the Light to balance its length against the depth of the hull to ensure it sets up well and has an excellent run for light rowers. And the consensus from the people who row it is that the Light really succeeds in these areas."
The Light is a great choice for small women because it is built specifically to meet their needs. Yet even with its strengths as a performance racer it still sets up well and is forgiving, which makes it an ideal boat for youth rowing:
"If kids are interested, they are going to have a lot of fun in this. The concept with the Light is it’s a mini racing shell. It’s not a flat boat, so they won’t get bored in it. The fundamental principles of the design was first commissioned by the Germans. What the coaches did was teach kids the rowing fundamentals and let them go out and have fun. There was no competitive angle to what they were doing, for the first little while."
Introducing youth to sculling in North America is increasing. The Light is a boat that allows youth the opportunity to experience and enjoy singles sculling now and as the foundation for a lifelong love of the sport:
"The whole thing to me is get your kid into sculling when he’s young and it will become second nature. He’ll be able to row port and starboard. If he matures into an athlete he can either be a sculler or a sweep person. If he’s a sweep oarsman by the time he’s sick of sweep rowing, at the end of his career, he’ll be able to scull. And that’s the big problem with people who don’t know how to scull – they learn how to sweep, many of them burn out and that’s the end of their rowing career. So for overall rowing development, as well as anatomically, putting young people into sweep boats is the worst thing you can do for them sometimes. The foundation of rowing should be sculling. And that’s a big reason why I built the Light."
Get INstep with the LIGHT! A revolutionary concept; The INstep solves a complex problem with all singles and scullers; stepping in and out of a narrow boat without harming the boat or the sculler. The solution is to lower the centre portion of the seat deck to the keel. Lowering the center of gravity gives maximum stability and also reduces the amount of tuck required to get in and out of the shell, thereby lessening strain on hips and knees. The INstep makes space for conveniant storage of water bottles and integrates a lifting handle located on the balance point of the shell.