Announcement: Celebration of Rowing Banquet

High Point, North Carolina – The date has been set and a special guest speaker is confirmed for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet, the event co-chairs Jackie King and Caren York are pleased to announce.

Jack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s prestigious gala set for Saturday evening, November 19 at High Point Country Club.


Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team and 2015 World Championships bronze medalist.  He has also won the Head of the Charles Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta, and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Jack earned his doctorate in archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar, and his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  His research interests include the visual trappings of status and power; the art and archaeology of the Roman Principate and Qin-Han period China; menswear; and Neapolitan pizza.  Jack is the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers (Thames & Hudson, 2014), A Humorous Guide to Heraldry, and a wide variety of academic and popular articles.

“The Celebration of Rowing banquet is such a special event,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Being in the presence of such unique thought leaders of our sport, such as Jack Carlson is what makes this night such a not to be missed occasion.”

Jack Carlson continues a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and double Olympic gold medalist, Caroline Lind, was the 2014 guest speaker.

All members of the Triad rowing community including High Point Rowing Club, High Point University, and Greensboro Crew are invited to attend. Parents and rowers wishing to volunteer to help should extend their expression of support to the co-chairs.