Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Video: The Sinkovic Brothers on Training Camp in Pisa, via Herows

Gold Brothers: The latest feature from Herows.com 
The website Herows.com (a growing resource for elite-level rowing videos) has recently released another feature (below), this one on Martin and Valent Sinkovic's training camp experience in Pisa, Italy. In addition to a host of on-the-water training footage, the video also includes an interview with the reigning world champions, who explain how they got into the double together, and what motivates them in their new boat class.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The 2015 WIRA Championships: UC Irvine, Stanford Top Varsity Fields

UC Irvine launches for the final (Photo courtesy of A.J. Brooks)
The UC Irvine men and Stanford women continued their recent run of success at WIRAs over the weekend, with the Anteaters taking first place in the men's varsity eight (just as they did in 2013), while the Cardinal swept all three eights events they entered. For both programs, however, it has also been a year of adjustments, as newly appointed head coach Derek Byrnes took the reins in Palo Alto last October, and UCI's A.J. Brooks is in his first year as head coach. But you wouldn't know it from the margin of victory, in either case.

RowingRelated Rankings: The Top Teams to Watch at the Junior Level in 2015

RR junior rowing rankings
Here at RowingRelated, we're all about knowledge. And, what better way to put a little of it to use than to make some brash picks and predictions? So, for the first time, we're putting together the official RR rankings for junior men's and women's rowing programs, based—for the most part—on sweep rowing results in the big boats, following the college model. This will naturally change and adapt in the future—it's not a perfect system. But it's a start. Here are our picks for Spring 2015. Attention, go.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Video(s) Of The Week: Washington Welcomes Kiwi Men's Eight to the Huskies' Garage



This week's video is a one-on-one, in-depth interview with Washington Husky men's coach Mike Callahan thanks to Kevin Shoop, and discusses the culture that Callahan and staff have created within the confines of the Conibear Shellhouse. More than that, it provides a context for what has been the most successful men's rowing program in the U.S. for the last decade, and sheds some light on Callahan's own background and reasons for choosing Washington.

Olympian Zac Purchase Live-Tweeted His Experience of Running the 2015 London Marathon

London, looking east from Waterloo Bridge (Photo: B. Kitch)
The London Marathon took place last Saturday, and there were more than a few rowers involved. The most notable result for an ex-GB oarsman was the very impressive 2:50 posted by James Cracknell, but a tip of the cap also goes to 2008 Olympic champion Zac Purchase, who raced as a member of U.K. SportsAid's team.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

#TBT: An Inside Look at Torpids 2015, with Duncan Coneybeare of Hertford College, Oxford



This week's 'Throwback Thursday' post is from this year's Torpids, following the successful campaign of Hertford College's top men's eight. Torpids, held in late February/early March, is traditionally the first of two 'Bumps' racing series held at Oxford, pitting college crews against one another along a stretch of the River Thames known as the Isis (which gives its name to OUBC's reserve crew for the Boat Races). The second series of bumps racing is Summer Eights, or simply Eights, which is similar in structure, and is held at the end of May.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Video(s) Of The Week: Harvard and Princeton Throw Down on Lake Carnegie; Ohio State and UVa Battle for Supremacy in Clemson



In a heavyweight showdown of powerhouse Ivy programs over the weekend, the Princeton Tigers showed just how far their program has come over the past several seasons under head coach Greg Hughes, sweeping the Crimson and setting the stage for what could be a revolution at Sprints. With an open-water victory in the men's varsity eight, the Tigers sealed the sweep and claimed the Compton Cup for the first time in almost a decade. Given the early-season speed at the top end, as well as the program's depth, the Tigers could be the team to beat in the East come May.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Best Rowing Drills: Newport Aquatic Center's Nick D'Antoni on Sequencing and Drive Mechanics

Nick D'Antoni (top left) coaching at a USRowing junior ID camp, 2015 (Photo: B. Kitch)
USRowing junior national team coach Nick D'Antoni is no stranger to success. Here, he shares some insight into how to build technique and style for the long haul.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Video(s) Of The Week: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races, 2015



While in recent memory there has been more than enough controversy surrounding the event, from protestors swimming onto the course, to clashes and lost blades, the 2015 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races were historic for all the right reasons. The outcomes on the water showed just how much stronger the Oxford programs are than their Light Blue counterparts in the heavyweight events, but the day was a victory for everyone in sport, with the women's race run along the same course, and on the same day, as the men's. After all, it just makes sense.

Friday, April 10, 2015

#FBF: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, 2003—The Greatest Boat Race, Ever



With only a few hours left to go before the 2015 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races take over the Tideway for the renewal of the age-old rivalry between two of the world's oldest universities, it's a time for reflection. So we're flashing back this Friday to 2003—a race that, after 4 miles and 374 yards, came down to 1 foot.

The 2015 Boat Races: RR Picks and Predictions, Plus Rowing Resources to Follow All the Action

The buildup to this year's Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races has seen the bookmakers heavily favor Oxford for both the men's and women's events, and, given the results from the Tideway Fixtures and the indirect comparisons to be made, that seems a logical conclusion. On both counts, Oxford has had arguably stronger results, and a side-by-side comparison of the athletes seems to show that the Dark Blues have the experience and talent edge in 2015.

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However, all of that is out the window as soon as the flag drops and the races begin on Saturday, and Cambridge will be keen to prove the doubters wrong.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Lightweight Boat Races, 2015: Tabs Take Down Oxford in Henley



This past weekend marked the renewal of the Henley Boat Races rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge, and while the bookmakers have 'tabbed' Oxford as the favorites in the men's and women's Boat Races on the Tideway, Cambridge scored not one but two victories over the Dark Blues just a few miles up the Thames.

#BeastMode: Former Crash-B Sprints Champion Conlin McCabe on Approaching 2k Race Day

Conlin McCabe (right) and the #TrueNorthFour in San Diego (Photo: B. Kitch) 
Wednesdays are coaching days here on RR, and today we thought we would shift gears a little bit from our Best Rowing Drills series, and take a look at preparation for that most important of tests, the 2k. We asked former Crash-B Sprints champion and Canadian Olympic silver medalist Conlin McCabe how he goes about getting ready for a test, from the night before to the warmup. Here's what Conlin had to say.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Video Of The Week: Kent School Boat Club's Tampa Training Camp



This week's video comes to us from Kent School Boat Club, and documents their recent Florida training camp, which evidently featured some changeable weather, plenty of hard strokes, and a solid dose of off-the-water banter.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Weekend Race Videos: Watch the Washington Huskies Race Brown in Providence



This weekend saw the Washington Huskies fly across the country to take on rival Brown University, with a distinctively Northwestern trophy on the line (see below).

Weekend Race Videos: Watch Princeton Men's and Women's Varsity Crews Take on Navy, Columbia



The 2015 rowing season is really heating up, and this weekend has been full of dual and championship racing, from Henley-on-Thames to the coast of California. Here, we take a look at some of the action on Carnegie Lake in New Jersey, where the Princeton Tigers faced off against Columbia and Navy on Saturday.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Crew Classic 2015: Interviews and Editors' Picks from Mission Bay, San Diego [Photos]

Texas launching for the final on Mission Bay (Photo: B. Kitch)
This year's San Diego Crew Classic may have been a little undersubscribed in the varsity-level events, but there was no shortage of excitement in the women's Division I field. The junior events also saw some fireworks, with Marin's varsity eight edging Bay Area rival Oakland in the final by just 0.1 of a second on Sunday, while the men's Cal Cup featured a sterling sprint from UCSB that moved the Gauchos into first in the final 500 meters. Here are a few more of our highlights from the weekend on Mission Bay.

From the Press Room at RR: UBC and Victoria to square off in 24th annual Brown Cup



The above video documents a little of the University of Victoria's winter training, in preparation for the Brown Cup and the spring racing season in 2015. Below, we offer you an official press release from the University of British Columbia, in preparation for this weekend's competition (including preliminary rosters for the UBC men and women), renewing the rivalry with UVic for the 24th time. The UBC and UVic women raced to a very close finish at Crew Classic last weekend, placing third and fifth, respectively, but separated by only 1.6 seconds. What will this weekend hold?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

#RowersWakeUpEarly Photo Contest: The 20 Finalists and Overall Winner Announced

#rowerswakeupearly Instagram contest
Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to our Instagram contest! We were blown away by the quality of the submissions from all over the world, and we struggled to narrow them down to a final 20, with our overall winner to become the RR Facebook cover photo for the month of April. Selection criteria included overall composition and image quality (resolution). And so, without further ado, the finalists are...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Eights Head Video and Coxswain Recording Thanks to Oxford Brookes' Harry Brightmore



The above video, published by OBUBC coxswain Harry Brightmore, offers an inside look at last weekend's Head of the River Race from the stern of Oxford Brookes II. Brightmore, who raced with the GB national team at U23 worlds last summer in the coxed four, and crew set up a nice rhythm out of an aggressive start, and that rhythm would eventually carry them to a fourth-place finish (just behind Oxford Brookes I) and a University pennant on the Tideway in less-than-ideal (read: standard) conditions.

2015 ACRA Season Preview: The RR Top Five

The UCSB men on the Crew Classic podium, 2013 (Photo: B. Kitch)
Without a doubt, the top-end speed in men's club rowing has been improving over the past few years, not least because of the development of the ACRA league. What will 2015 hold? Here are our picks for the long haul.

Best Rowing Drills: Three Top Skill Drills from Michigan's Gregg Hartsuff



While men's club rowing has become increasingly competitive over the past decade, there's no question that the Michigan Wolverines are still the top dogs. In recent years, the Wolverines have seen rivals emerge in Virginia as well as Grand Valley State University, but despite best efforts, Michigan has had a vise-grip on the men's points trophy since the inception of the American Collegiate Rowing Association.