Category Archives: Henley

A new Rowing Tales book is coming

Rowing Tales, Volume one and volume 2, rowing stories

Early warning…. November 11th will be the date when we release the 2019 edition of Rowing Tales. Edited by Rebecca Caroe it’s become a fixture on our annual calendar.  She collects these stories from her Rowing Chat Podcast guests and the Rowperfect Masters Rowing International Facebook group as well as talking to people she meets. […]

Slide bites, rowers bum and calf skin protection

Slide bites or how to spot a rower walking down the street . . . Ok, picture this – it’s summertime.  You’re walking downtown and ahead of you is a girl (or guy – you choose): tall, bronzed, lean, athletic-looking . . .she’s looking good and you cast your eye downwards to the flick of […]

Masters Regatta Racing Starts for rowing

rowing crew, racing rowers, world rowing

Here is a question from our audience. It arrived a while ago. We have asked our experts to answer… World Rowing Masters regatta is coming up, and I guess most of what can be done of preparation is done by now. However I cannot help but thinking about the start, and how to improve it. […]

Henley Regatta 2019 breaks records

How was your Henley Regatta 2019 Weekend? What a spectacle: 17 Nations. 660 Starts. 1`900 Athletes. Only half of them could compete in the event itself. Henley Royal Regatta, founded in 1839, is (one of the) best-known rowing regattas in the world. It is renowned for its gladiatorial match-racing.  It is one of the highlights […]

The Umpire’s decision at a Regatta

The reagtta season is going to start soon. Rowers and Umpires get prepared for the upcoming event. Easy for the Athletes. But how is it for the Umpairs? What about when we face an Umpire’s decision? Never an easy job but you know it’s been a great race when you are unaware of the umpire […]

Rowing pixel art

rowing champions, rowing art, peter schowandt

Creative rowing artist Peter Schonwandt has a unique method of making his artworks – they are built from old computer keyboard letters (keycaps). Recruiting contributions of disused keyboards from rowing athletes such as Donna Etiebet, Andy Triggs-Hodge, Annamarie Phelps, Katrin Thoma and Nigel Longley he has made an unique artwork called Rowing Champions.  The sum total […]

Henley Royal – the delights and the quirks

Bayer Leverkusen stroke is J. Christ

Reporting on a Royal Regatta which I have not frequented for several years gives the benefit of perspective granted by distance. I enjoy the ritual and am simultaneously irritated by some of the rules. Gentlemen were allowed to take off their jackets because the temperatures were above 30 degrees. Everyone was uncomfortable from heat. Coming […]

Why your race was not as good as your practice

Exhausted Rowers.

Was your Henley disappointing?  Did your crew fail to row as well in the competition as you did during practices? You aren’t alone – there are many reasons why your particular crew may have failed to live up to your expectations.  Let’s run through some that you can use to improve for next year. Make […]

Overheard at Henley….

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A cheeky reproduction of some remarks Overheard at Henley Royal Regatta shared elsewhere on the global interwebs From Row2k Yesterday, from a commentator: “For a youngster there’s nothing better than beating a guy with a beard.”   And from Rachel Quarrell – rowing journalist “Ah, only the two stone weight disadvantage then…. Does that mean […]