The Boat Race

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


you can also check out their website…



Wing Nut Tool

Have you ever encountered a wing nut that was last tightened by a person at least five times as strong as the person sitting there now ??? the call goes back to the coxswain…and to the launch if nothing works in the boat…for a “tool.” …metal tools don’t always work and can slip and damage the boat or your fingers…it’s frustrating…delays practice…and is so easily solved!

This handy, hand-made tool is an adaptation of one was found in our boathouse years ago. Best yet is that it is made from repurposed broken yard tools and it floats! Get one for all your boats!


Tis the Season!…

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

Many you have asked about the quote we have used as a backdrop behind our logo on many of our products.  The quoteation is from Gilbert C. Bourne’s Textbook of Oarsmanship, originally published in 1925.

“The oarsman should have a clear conception of what is required of him when he makes his effort. He should understand, and be quite sure that he does understand, that he is not so much required to set water in motion and shovel it along past the side of the boat, as to stick the blade of his oar as firmly as he can into a given spot in the water and to lift the boat as far and as quickly as possible past that spot. His attention must be concentrated on moving the boat, not stirring up the water.”

Bourne rowed for Oxford and was an anatomist. He offers a comprehensive book that identifies the key components of rowing, the art and theory, equipment, coaching, and muscular requirements and needs. This book, although written many years ago, is timeless and a great addition to any rowers library.



Backwards, the movie, filmed in Philadelphia this year will be released in 2012. Produced and written by Williams’ rower,Sarah Megan Thomas. Follow them on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/backwardsthefilm?sk=wall or visit the film website http://backwardsthemovie.com/

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)

Master Speed

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.