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IMG_3854…and now you’ve got it! We have added the popular fanned oar design to the lineup with our # 1 selling glass pendant!

http://store.therowingstore.com/glasspendantwithfannedoars.aspx

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The Gloriana lead the 1,000-strong flotilla. The 94ft Royal rowbarge, the first to be built for more than a century, is unique among the participating vessels in that it is the only one specially commissioned for the event. Gloriana was rowed by eighteen oarsmen. Gloriana’s oarsmen, selected by Motability, the disabled mobility charity whose patron is the Queen, had just a few practices in the boat before the event. Britain’s greatest Olympian Sir Steven Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent led the crew.

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This image came to mind when I overheard some rowers talking about sprint season. One rower was complaining about rowers who can not stay in their lanes and then another shared a story about a race where they were so far ahead, they stopped looking over their shoulder. The rower collided head on with a BEMA Buoy, bounced backward and the oar became entangled with the cord and chain and the rower frantically became disentangled as the rowers who were once in the distance were now dead even with them. Mortified, the rower took a deep breath, resumed their composure, and rowed to the finish line a bow ball ahead of the other boats.

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You can’t show up late for a race you are racing…but you can for major races that are televised and covered on the web! The boat race is tomorrow…if you can’t be in front of your computer or the TV at the actual time of the race..you can record it and watch it later!

on BBC One TV

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s4wb4

you can also check out their website…

www.theboatrace.org

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Tis the Season! If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for a hostess this year…consider one of our gorgeous Christmas Ornaments!  Check out our Holiday page on the website! http://store.therowingstore.com/holiday.aspx

3-D Ornament

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Messin' Around in Boats

Standing on Anderson Bridge in Boston…watching a learn to scull class with proficient rowers gliding by in the background…I was reminded of a new image and quote we are including in a postcard book.  “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)

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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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