Ready for your last minute rowing gifts, Rebecca Caroe has published her fourth volume of Rowing Tales. It’s a miscellany of short stories about rowing told from many different perspectives.
From Coastal Rowing to Olympia – Stories you’ll love!
The 2020 edition includes stories from umpires (referees), from Olympians, from beginners and from coaches. The oldest contribution comes from Joe Rantz (The Boys in The Boat 1936 Olympians) via a letter he sent to fellow Husky, Rob Gibson encouraging him to try out for the National team. And the newest is from Arnaz Mehta, a rowing Mum, whose “family quad” race was an eye-opener.
If you’ve never tried coastal rowing you will love the lyrical writing from Ben Booth and Guin Batten’s epic South Coast expedition trilogy.
“Daft Things We’ve Done” includes Henry Law’s encounter with a field drainpipe, animals on the water and hot-seating regatta exchanges.
What’s in a name?
One chapter is titled “What’s in a name?” and contains many humorous boat names collected by Adam Turinas. Here’s William Wadsworth’s contribution
While at Amherst College, we had a boat, an old, indestructible Pocock, which was used by novice rowers named the R. B. Trary VIII.
And my pairs partner has a single called ‘This Way Up’.
It was written upside down, of course.
The original idea for the book came in 2017 and Rebecca Caroe thought she’d do a book as a one-off project. But the stories kept coming – she collects them from guests on her RowingChat podcast, and from social media anecdotes as well as kind contributors who send them in to her.