Category Archives: Books

Dan Boyne’s Rowing Tale

Rowing Tales 2018 cover

Dan Boyne, a resident of Boston, Massachusetts in the U.S., has served for many years as Harvard University’s Director of Recreational Rowing. He is also the author of Essential Sculling (The Lyons Press), Kelly: A Father, a Son, an American Quest (Mystic), and The Red Rose Crew: A True Story of Women, Winning and the […]

Interview: My fathers life behind the barbed wire fence – Rima Karaliene

rowing in communist Lithuania

I had the chance to talk to Rima about book. A book we have posted before and which is in our store now. Rima is a fascinating lady: She manages a Rowing Hotel, is involved in National Rowing organisations and writes books. Even books for children. Read and learn about the rowing society during the […]

Matt McQuillan’s Rowing Tale

Our Rowing Tales range from the sublime to the ridiculous.  Let’s start with ridiculous. Matt McQuillan, a British International from the late 1990s, recalls a day when he was strolling along the Thames Embankment in Putney, just upstream from London, heading back to the train station in Fulham. Don’t Mind Me! As I was wandering […]

A new volume of Rowing Tales

We are delighted to announce the imminent publication of Rowing Tales 2018 – curated as before by Peter Mallory (Editor) and Rebecca Caroe. This year’s book includes contributions from rowers and coaches from around the world and for the first time we’ve added in some rowing poetry.  You will enjoy Annabel Eyres’ beautiful front cover […]

Ian Nielsen’s Still Here, a rowing memoir

Still Here, rowing book,

Thanks for the note on the memoir, ‘The Sculler’.  It sounds great and being genuine, I will purchase and read with interest. I could not let this opportunity go by without mentioning to you and perhaps fellow subscribers of Rowperfect, that I have also published a memoir titled ‘Still Here’.  Old age sculling takes a […]

The Sculler – a rowing novel

The Sculler book

Rowing stories need a ring of authenticity – you know when someone has experienced what they are writing about. Leon Fletcher gives his all not just in the telling of this tale abut also in the (quasi-autobiographical) nature of the actual story itself. It tells the tale of a feisty athlete who doesn’t quite fit […]

Seat Racing preferences for New Zealander, David Lindstrom

We sent the Seat Racing ebook out to review with coaches, athletes and coxswains and here is a selection of their insights. David Lindstrom, Former New Zealand Selector Briefly I feel the Seat Racing articles are very informative and give a balanced opinion on how to select crews. From my experience with the NZ Junior […]

Tales of Row: A review of Rowing Tales by Tim Koch

Rowing Tales, rowperfect, rowing anthology

This post was originally published on Hear the Boat Sing. 30 October 2017 Tim Koch reveals what his rowing friends are getting for Christmas. The Naked City, a 1948 film noir directed by Jules Dassin, famously concluded with the line ‘There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them’. Nearly 60 years later, […]

The Swiss Rowing Joke

Rowing Tales, rowperfect, rowing anthology

Your weekend long read….thanks to Chris Dodd who contributed this to RowingTales – the anthology of rowing stories. In 1991 FISA’s annual meeting of all the commissions took place in Zagreb. Having never been to the area, I set off a few days early to explore before rowing matters intervened. Hardly had I reached Heathrow, […]