Sept 17 – Parents Week – Rowing? What did my kid sign up to do?


Hi Parents!  Welcome to Rowing.

We will be your host this week and give you your crash course in the world of rowing.  Here is what we will be covering this week:

  • General Rowing Overview
  • Terms of Rowing
  • Rowing Boats Explained
  • Regatta’s
  • An Overview of the Business of Rowing




To get you started, here are some fun facts about rowing and some famous names that you might recognize.

Fun Facts about Rowing
  • Oxford and Cambridge have been racing each other for a few years.  The men’s race was first held in 1829 and has been held annually since 1856, except during the First and Second World Wars.  Oxford currently leads with 83 wins to Cambridges 80 wins.  There has been one tie.
  • Rowing is one of the original sports in the modern Olympic Games.
  • An eight, can weigh ~200lbs and carry ~1,750 lbs.
  • The first amateur sport organization was a rowing club – Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Navy, founded in 1858.
  • Rowing is truly a life long sport.  At the CRASH-B’s [indoor rowing championships in Boston] there was a 97 year old athlete in 2018!

Famous former rowers:

Theodore Roosevelt – Before becoming President, Teddy Roosevelt was a well-known bad ass. In 1876, he was on the boxing and crew team at Harvard University.  Below is a photo of Roosevelt in his crew uniform at Harvard.

Theodore Roosevelt Rowing

Stephen Hawking RowingStephen Hawking – Stephen Hawking, the genius theoretical physicist and author, was once a coxswain at Oxford University.  It was reported that Hawking’s first had difficulties making friends so he joined the college boat club “to be one of the boys”.

Hugh Laurie – Yes, Dr. House was indeed a rower. His father, Ran Laurie, even won an Olympic gold medal in the coxless pairs at the 1948 London Games.

Helen Keller – Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to receive a Bachelors of Arts degree and is an inspiration to deaf and blind people around the world.  She proved that other people with her disabilities could participate and accomplish many things that were thought to be impossible.  One activity she enjoyed participating in was rowing! She learned to row while in Massachusetts and enjoyed having her friends in the boat to steer her in the right direction.

Anderson Cooper Rowing

Anderson Cooper – While studying Political Science at Yale, Anderson Cooper was a member of the crew team.  At first

he failed to keep up with his teammates and nearly lost his spot on the boat. He then found a position as a coxswain where he was able to excel and keep his position.

Bradley Cooper: 
Rowed at Georgetown University. After missing most the season Bradley Cooper and a bunch ofmisfits nearly out beat Minnesota in the Dad Vail Regatta. Cooper’s coach said it was one of the best races he had seen because Brad and his crew had no reason to be there! Just pure will and tenacity!

Edward Norton: Rowed while studying at Yale University.

Winklevoss Twins: Yes, the twins who rowed at Harvard University and had the “original” idea for Facebook. They were made famous in the movie the “Social Network” where they were “enemies” of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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