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The procession of man powered or oared boats begins at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.


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The Thames Diamond  Jubilee Pageant occurred today and was quite a spectacle with over 1,00 boats parading down the Thames to to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year reign . In case you missed it, we will post a few shots that we took while watching BBC America. Rowed, or man powered boats as they were called in the broadcast of all sizes and shapes worked their way along roughly 14 miles of the Thames. My only wish is that the broadcasters would have shared the names of the vintage boats as they rowed by! Do check out the website if you have a moment.  http://www2.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/


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As Masters Rowers across the country head to their regional regattas, I am reminded of this wonderful 1939 litho that I have in my collection.  The  image captures a snapshot of a moment that I so frequently see on the water after a race. Good luck to us all and may we row fast, well, and share a handshake and friendship after the race.

Master Speed by Robert Frost

No speed of wind or water rushing by

But you have speed far greater. You can climb

Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,

And back through history up the stream of time.

And you were given this swiftness, not for haste

Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,

But in the rush of everything to waste,

That you may have the power of standing still—

Off any still or moving thing you say.

Two such as you with such a master speed

Cannot be parted nor be swept away

From one another once you are agreed

That life is only life forevermore

Together wing to wing and oar to oar.

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The Winter Park High School Crew team’s women must really like heavy metal considering their top 3 8s all placed in the top 3 this past weekend at the prestigious 85th annual Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia, PA.

They received a 2nd in their Women’s Lightweight 8 by only .08 seconds (how the judges calculate that kind of differential is astounding to me), a 3rd in the Senior Women’s 8 and a 3rd in their Women’s Second 8.  This may be the first time in so many years that the women’s team has taken home so many medals at one Stotesbury race.  I am so happy for them…

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