Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Addressing the Hiatus

A look inside Issue No. 2 of SportUp's Between The Lines magazine

A lot has changed since 2010. It's fair to say that the Internet is a different place—the landscape of social media 'disrupted' blogging, just as blogging had disrupted publishing. The sport of rowing has grown online, too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rio Olympics Review: It Was The Best Of Times; It Was The Worst Of Times

Looking back on Rio

Hard as it may be to believe, the Rio Olympics are now done and dusted. Four years of preparation, four years of early mornings, four years of squeezing in an extra session on your ‘off’ day to help pave the way to the podium. It either worked, or it didn’t. One thing is certain — we’re all better for it.

But Rio, in many ways, was a dichotomy—in other words, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Here’s what I mean.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Videos: Behind the Scenes and Sneak Peek at PBS Documentary, 'The Boys of '36'

PBS' American Experience documentary, The Boys of '36 airs August 2nd (Screen capture)

Tomorrow marks the airing of the PBS documentary, The Boys of '36, based on the epic story of Washington's underdogs (okay, underdawgs) who took on the world, and won, at the Olympic Games in Berlin. And, just to get you fully prepared, here are three videos—the first one a look at the first chapter of the documentary; the second, a look at what the current Washington athletes felt about their role reenacting some of the scenes from 1936; and finally, an interview with the filmmakers.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

No One Is Trying To Ruin Rio For You, Because It’s Not About You

Cristo Redentor looks down from Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

Recently, U.S. Olympian Megan Kalmoe (whose work has been featured here on RR) wrote a post to her blog entitled, ‘Stop Trying To Ruin The Olympics For Us’, which has since been published by The Guardian in the U.K. In her own way, Kalmoe is lamenting the fact that the media has focused on the many issues facing the Rio Games, going so far as to base their questions to the athletes more on ecological concerns than training and preparation for the Olympics. We all have opinions about the Games—it’s a world event. But here’s why I take issue with Kalmoe’s portrayal of the media’s intentions.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Let's Talk About Doping In Rowing


And we mean that in two ways.

First, we mean let's stop pretending that doping couldn't possibly be going on in rowing because (by and large) it's an amateur sport. And second, we mean that given recent alarming findings by the IAAF, we need to start having open conversations about it.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Video Of The Week: Henley Royal Regatta Reprise, Plus an Interview with Filmmaker Adam Heayberd

Views from the launch (Screen capture)

This week's video offers a skillfully shot and beautifully edited look back at Henley Royal Regatta, plus a quick interview with the filmmaker, Molesey Boat Club's Adam Heayberd.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Rowers: Please Stop Talking About How Painful Rowing Is

Painfully played-out: Why are we constantly harping on the negative?

It seems like every few months, there is a new article or video published about how difficult rowing is. We're treated to another round of metaphors about abysses of pain, and needles being driven into legs, etc., etc., and for what? This isn't the first time we've discussed the topic here on RR, and it likely won’t be the last. And that's because 'rowing is pain' stories are not good for the sport.

Here's why.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Video Of The Week: Finals Day at Henley Royal Regatta, 2016 [UPDATES]

An epic week in Henley-on-Thames (Photo: RR Staff)

This year's Henley Royal Regatta was not short on excitement, crashes, upsets, and even controversy. The one thing that's indisputable, in our opinion, is that it boasted the best coverage of any regatta in the world to date, including the Olympic Games.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Few Henley Royal Regatta 2016 #HOTTAKES from the RR Foreign Office

It's nearly time...

The second year of Sir Steve Redgrave’s tenure as Regatta Chairman has seen a record entry of 629 crews, including 165 foreign crews—in itself a record, and up 45% on last year’s figure of 114.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Video Of The Week: U.S. Crews Have a History of Success at Henley Royal Regatta

Looking back at the competition in 2015 (Screen capture)

It's officially Henley week! And, just in case you're not already champing at the bit with anticipation, here's the latest video from Henley Royal Regatta, looking back on some of the outstanding performances of American crews—of which there were a record number of entries—in 2015.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Video: Watch the Last 250m of the Olympic Men's Pair Trials

Racing to the line at Olympic Trials (Screen capture)

Thanks to the Friends of Cal Crew YouTube channel, you can watch the sprint from this morning's race that determined who would be going to the Olympic Games in the men's pair.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Video Of The Week: Marin Rowing Association Varsity Men Look Back On 2016

Marin training on home water, spring 2016 (Screen capture)

And we're back! This week's featured video offers a glimpse of some high-intensity training with the 2016 Marin Rowing Association men's varsity eight.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

IRA National Championship Regatta, 2016: RR Picks and Predictions

Washington Huskies training in Seattle (Photo: B. Kitch)

It's time for the 2016 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta. Here's what we think is going to happen.

NCAA Rowing Championships, 2016: RR Recap and Review

Golden Bears claim top honors at NCAAs

The 2016 NCAA Rowing Championships in Sacramento, California, were the best kind of agonizing.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

NCAA Rowing Championships, 2016: RR Picks and Predictions

Crossing the finish line at Lake Natoma (Photo: B. Kitch)

The 2016 NCAA Rowing Championships kick off tomorrow just outside Sacramento, California, and suffice it to say, we're amped about it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pac-12 Rowing Championships, 2016: A Golden State of Mind

The decisive moment—Cal crossing the finish line at Pac-12s, 2016 (Photo: B. Kitch)

Over the past several years, the Pac-12 Rowing Championships have been a parade for the Washington Husky men's squad, while Cal have led the way on the women's side. This year, one of those trends continued—the other, not so much.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rowing Video Of The Week: Inside the Australian Men's Four

The Aussie men's four on the water (Screen capture)

This week's featured rowing video comes to us from Down Under, where the very quick Australian men's four is putting in the miles for Rio.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

RowingRelated Rankings: The Top Junior Programs to Watch in 2016

Crews to keep an eye on this spring at the junior level

The following is our look at the best junior sweep teams across the country, with a view toward who will be gunning for the top of the podium at the national level in June.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

College Rowing Regular Season Report: Who's on Top Heading into Championship Racing?

Our take on the rowing 2016 season, with championships looming

It's hard to believe, but we are already nearly through another season of rowing at the collegiate level here stateside, and the competition is well and truly heating up. Here's our take on the season so far, with a view toward championship racing, just around the corner.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Video Of The Week: Inside the Kiwi Men's Eight, with Coxswain Caleb Shepherd

The Kiwi Eight preparing for the Windermere Cup in 2015 (Photo: B. Kitch for ROWING Magazine)

Spring racing season at the junior and collegiate levels in the U.S. is nearing Jimmy Fallon levels of 'fever pitch,' but before we get into what that means for the upcoming championships, we wanted to highlight this new interview with the Kiwi men's eight coxswain Caleb Shepherd.

Friday, April 15, 2016

World Rowing Cup I: Instagram Takeover with Julius Hirtzberger, Plus Further Updates

Julius Hirtzberger will be running our Instragram account this weekend at #WRCVarese

The first World Rowing Cup of the 2016 season kicks off today (Friday) in Varese, Italy, and thanks to Julius Hirzberger, you've got a behind-the-scenes look at the regatta this weekend.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Flashback Friday: Winning the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta

Thames Rowing Club launching on the Tideway (Screen capture)

This week's #FBF edition Video Of The Week comes to us from Henley-on-Thames, and features a look back at a historic season for Thames Rowing Club, winners of the Thames Challenge Cup in 2015.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The 2016 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races Were Everything They Were Supposed To Be

Op-Ed: A Celebration of Spirit

While, in the not-too-distant past, we've had to lament troubles that beset one of the most storied traditions in our sport, 2016's event proved to be a shining example of why the Boat Races are still so important, and so relevant to every level of rowing.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The 2016 Cancer Research UK Boat Races: Who Will Row to Victory on the Tideway?

Which Blue is your pick to win the Boat Races this year?


This year's grudge match on the Thames marks another historical move forward for the event, as it's the first time that both the men's and women's races have had the same name: The CRUK Boat Races. And, it just wouldn't be us if we didn't shoot our mouths off about what we think is going to happen. Here's our take on who'll be tops on the Tideway this weekend.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Rowing Videos Of The Week: UCD Rowers Take Down Rivals from Trinity on the Liffey

UCD leading the way in the Corcoran Cup (Screen capture)

Last weekend, the River Liffey played host to the annual Colours Boat Races, pitting University College Dublin against traditional rivals, Trinity.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Moving Rowing Forward: Here's How FISA Should Change The Olympic Rowing Regatta for 2020

What does the future of Olympic rowing look like?

As if the Rio Olympics, now less than six months away, didn’t present enough challenges for FISA, it has become increasingly clear that much will change in international rowing after the last medals are awarded at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Future of Lightweight Rowing: A Letter from Jack Carlson and the U.S. Lightweight Men's Eight

Carlson and the USA LM8+ on the podium in Aiguebelette, France (Photo: © USRowing)

We received the following letter, originally submitted to the editor of ROWING Magazine, from 2015 world bronze medalist coxswain Jack Carlson and the U.S. lightweight men's eight. A version of the letter was published in the March 2016 issue of the magazine.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Australian Rowing Legend Sarah Tait: A Remembrance from Mike Nicholson

Sarah Tait racing in the women's pair (Screen capture from 'School for Sculling')

We received this memorial piece in honor of Sarah Tait from Australian rower and filmmaker Mike Nicholson, whose work has frequently been featured here on RR.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Best Rowing Drills: Seven Questions with World Champion Coxswain Phelan Hill

Phelan Hill at the helm (Photo: Pete Reed)

As a reigning world champion and Olympic bronze medalist coxswain of the British men's eight, Phelan Hill knows a thing or two about what makes boats go fast. And, because coxswains are people, too, we wanted to track him down for a few quick questions about how he guides his crews through a training session. Here, he shares a little of his expertise, on and off the water.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rowing Australia: Sarah Tait loses hard-fought cancer battle

Sarah and Leila Tait in London (Photo from Tait's memorial slideshow)

In memory of Sarah Tait.

We've included the press release from Rowing Australia here, as well as some remembrances from other athletes and peers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Video Of The Week: On the Water with UCLA Women's Rowing

On the water in Los Angeles (Graphic: B. Kitch)


This week's featured video comes to us from the (usually) sunny shores of Marina Del Rey, where RR joined the UCLA Bruins for a late-winter training session on the water.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Future of Rowing: What's the Effect of Sharing Erg Scores?

Indoor rowing, the Internet, and the future of our sport (Photo: E. Dronkert/Flickr)

Op-Ed: The discussion about publicly sharing erg scores and test data has been taking off in the rowing world. So, what does it all mean for the future of our sport?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Best Rowing Drills: Finding Effective Stroke Length with Frank Biller of Virginia

UVa men's squad training on Rivanna Reservoir (Photo courtesy of Frank Biller)

The second post in our second season of #BestRowingDrills takes a closer look at determining, and improving, effective stroke length on land, and on the water.

Video Of The Week: Approaching the Ergo with British Rowing

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning training on the ergo (Screen capture)

This week's featured video comes to us from the ergo dungeon at Caversham, and takes a look at what the machine means to the rowers and coaches on the British national team.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Best Rowing Drills: Keeping It Moving with Ohio State's Andy Teitelbaum

Griggs Reservoir Boathouse (Photo: Madeline Davis)

We're kicking off our second season of #BestRowingDrills with a look at making the transition from winter training to water time, thanks to Ohio State Women's Rowing.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Rowing Video Of The Week: Wisconsin Badgers Help Keep Austin Weird

Wisco training on Lady Bird Lake (Screen Capture)

This week's featured video comes to us from Austin, Texas, where the Wisconsin men's rowing team spent their training camp this winter.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Rowing Video Of The Week: Princeton Tigers Take On Jonas, Tampa

Flat water in Tampa, with the Princeton Tigers (Screen capture)

The Princeton Tigers almost didn't make it to Tampa this year. But then they did. And they crushed it.

Keeping Up With The Kiwis: The Cambridge Town Cup

The Kiwi Pair racing to the line, Cambridge Town Cup (Screen capture)

It has been a minute, but we're back. And there's much to catch up on, not least of which are the goings on at the Cambridge Town Cup in New Zealand, where a host of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls from arguably the world's strongest rowing federation locked horns over the weekend.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rowing Video Of The Week: Inside a Training Session, with Cal Women's Crew

Behind the Scenes at Briones (Photo: B. Kitch)

This week's RR original Video Of The Week features Cal Women's Rowing, training through winter break on Briones Reservoir in Orinda, California.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

British Rowing Men's Squad Training in South Africa, Through the Lens of Pete Reed

British men's team cycling while on training camp (Photo: Pete Reed)

The GB men's national team has been on a cycling training camp in South Africa as they begin the Olympic year, trading the British winter for summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Rowing Videos Of The Week: Harvard and Columbia Lightweights Look Back on Fall Training

Harvard training on the Charles (Screen capture)

This week, we're kicking off 2016 with a look back at last fall, through the eyes of lightweight rowers at Harvard and Columbia.