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December 2007: Rowing & Regatta magazine printed an article about 87 year old rowers, reproducing a photograph of Charles with three other veterans nearly as old as him. The picture was captioned “Four of the Golden Eight”.
25th October 2007: Charles participated in a TV talk-show with one of Switzerland's most famous moderators, Kurt Aeschbacher, live on prime time.
October 2007: Charles appears in People magazine.
September 13 & 14 2007: Charles spoke at the Generationenforum organised by the World Demographic Association.
September 2007: Charles Eugster Wins Three More World Masters Gold Medals
In this year's World Masters Regatta in Zagreb, Charles Eugster won three more Gold medals – in the Coxed Fours, Mixed Eights and in a Mixed Pair with Pauline Rainer (67).
The performance now lifts his tally of Masters Gold medals to 26 (20 World and 6 European) and extends his unbroken run of Gold medals to 11 years.
At the age of 88, Charles was the oldest competitor at the event. He said: “Whilst I was the oldest there, I didn't get all the limelight because a good friend on mine looks older than me – so he was photographed more!”
September 2007: Charles is featured on WorldRowing.com.
31st May 2007: Charles Reports on His Wakeboarding Experience
On Friday, May 25th I was invited by the founders of www.MapleandLeek.com a new website for the over 50s, to come to the UK to try my hand at wakeboarding, which is rather like water skiing on a small surfboard.
This was the first time that I have done anything like this and my verdict is: “jolly good fun”. However, you need to be pretty strong and luckily I have a few muscles!
As it turned out the weather on the day was freezing cold and very windy – so much so that I had to wear two wetsuits and what was effectively body armor, as one can hit the water with real force.
I had about three trial runs, whereby one hangs onto a pole jutting out of the side of a moving motorboat. One's feet, facing forward, are firmly fixed to a horizontal board, which resembles a snow-board. As all of my trial runs were successful, I decided to try the real thing.
This entails sitting in the water in a crouching position, with the board horizontal, feet facing forward and hands holding on to a bar at the end of which is a rope attached to the boat. As the boat moves, one must slowly stand up, which requires a great deal of balance and strength since the horizontal board offers considerable resistance. While doing so, one must turn the hip forward so that the feet face outwards and the board faces forward too. This is the moment when one rapidly picks up speed and starts to fly over the water.
At my very first attempt, I had a wonderful and successful run. However, pride comes before a fall… and, probably due to the exertion and cold, I fell on my face at the next two attempts!
Nevertheless, I was still pleased because, on the day, I was the only novice who stood up successfully and the next oldest person was at least 30 years younger than me. I certainly don't think I could have managed to do it without my bodybuilding training and I was also greatly assisted by the instructor, who was superb.
Overall, I had a great time and was able to make the point to a few interested reporters that one is never too old to try anything.
May 2007: Charles Takes Up Wake Boarding and Water Skiing. Charles' philosophy in life is: “You are never too old to try anything”. To prove this point, at the age of 87 years, Charles will be taking up water skiing on May 25th as part of a national event to launch a new social networking site for the over 50's, called www.mapleandleek.com. Other activities on the day will see celebrities and others over the age of 50 try wakeboarding, surfing, and classic car racing for the first time.
The venue for the Wakeboarding and Water Skiing is Ten-80 Wakeboard and Waterski, West Midlands Waterski Centre, Tamworth Road, Cliff, Warwickshire, B78 2DL.
March 2007: Charles was featured in Swiss Life magazine on the 150th anniversary of the Swiss Life company.
5th February 2007: Charles was granted arms by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II in recognition of his distinguished career as a dentist.