rowing is a tiny, elite sport that supports only a trickle of commerce.
In America, a head race is one rowed against the clock, with a staggered start.
When rowing a shell, there is so much to pay attention to, and the consequences of not paying attention are so immediate and so drastic, that the task forces you into the present moment and holds you there.
Note: Why sculling is like Zen.
Life at "full speed ahead" means realizing your ambitions in the shortest possible time. To do this requires us to know clearly what we want and to inhabit the present moment fully. We need to establish specific rituals that force us to become more fully alive. We learn to remove impediments, to gather momentum, to minimize friction. Reach your goals faster and you can realize more of your dreams in a lifetime—and so more rapidly fulfill your personal destiny.