The launch of Five57

So, here we are. It has been a lot of work to get to this point, and I am sure there is much more to come, but the wheels are up and (not to stretch the analogy too far) Five57 has taken flight. I hope that you will come along for the journey.

Five57 is all about top quality rowing, kayaking and sportswear gear and top quality customer service. The personal touch. We have brought together some great brands and products which we hope will help to get you where you want to go, and to do what you want to do: Go faster, do it more comfortably, with more style… whatever you need.

Here is a little introduction to who we are working with and a little about why.

One of the most important parts of taking part in sport of any kind, are the memories. It doesn’t matter whether you are a multiple Olympic champion, if you struggled to win your novice rowing pot but got there in the end, or are simply proud of yourself for heaving your carcass down to a park run one weekend morning. The results and the ego eventually fade away and the fun you had with team mates, fellow competitors and adversaries is what is left. That is why we have teamed up with Marysh Chmiel to offer his unique, hand-crafted medal and trophy display boxes and furniture for you to house those treasured memories. Each is a one-off built with your input and ideas.

RegattaSport (RS Gear)

RegattaSport (RS Gear) are nudging up on 30 years in the sports clothing business. One of the first to get into custom team kit, they are a small, family business who still make all their rowing, canoeing, fitness and running apparel in Canada. Great fabrics and design made with pride mean that the RS brand will look after you whatever your sport or activity. I have only just had to say goodbye to a pair of shorts that I bought from them at the Rowing World Championships in 1994. Not a bad lifespan I would say – the lifespan of those shorts is one of the reasons we are working together.


Weba-Sport makes machines to tell you how well your training programme is working. With links to the marvelous WattBike, Milan Bacanovic builds no-nonsense fitness equipment in his factory in Novi Sad, Serbia. He himself has lived in Vienna with his family since he coached the Austrian rowing team back in the early 1990s, but his family home and the factory in his native Serbia help to keep families employed where work is sorely needed.

BAT Logic

BAT Logic are a group of people who just want to make your rowing life better; more comfortable and more productive. They have tons of expertise on the performance and injury prevention front and are now working to make sharing shoes in the boat a thing of the past. Now, the author understands that that is going to take a bit of a culture change, but really, guys, would you honestly share a pair of broken down, oversized football, hockey or rugby boots where half the studs are missing, with umpteen-dozen unknown others and still expect to perform and stay athlete’s foot free? No – so why do the equivalent in the boat? It’s worth a couple of minutes thought.

I look forward to discussing your requirements with you.

Tom Kay

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