The 33rd World Indoor Rowing Championship, hosted by the CRASH-B Sprints, took place on February 16, 2014, at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachussetts. Over 2100 athletes raced from 25 countries, with competitors ranging in age from 12 to 96.
Perennial CRASH-B competitor Luanne Mills of Seattle, Washington, broke the world record for 75–79 lightweight women with a time of 08:34.7. There were also two records broken in the adaptive events (1000 metres):
- Ukranian Dmytro Ivanov (Open Men TA) with a 03:28.2
- Susan Murray of Kittery, Maine (Open Women LTA, above the knee amputee) with a 03:58.3
Open lightweight woman Erin Roberts of Riverside Boat Club pulled an amazing sub-7 minute time of 06:59.4. One highlight of the day’s racing was watching 96-year-old Paul Randall compete in the lightweight men’s 95–99-year-old category. Paul continues to impress and inspire athletes and spectators alike, and the crowd was on their feet cheering him on.
Of particular note this year was the introduction of a 1000m 4-person team race. Fourteen teams from around the world took part in this inaugural event, including our own "Concept2 Factory Seconds" team! Another new event was a youth race consisting of maximum metres in four minutes. Six boys and thirteen girls raced in the youth event—starting their rowing careers early at 12 and 13 years old!