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Tremendous News!

3/26/2011

The River & Rowing Museum

I am extremely pleased to announce that the publisher of The Sport of Rowing, Two Centuries of Competition will be the River & Rowing Museum of Henley-on-Thames in England. The Museum was opened in 1998 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the banks of the Thames near the course of the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. The River & Rowing Museum is the international centre for rowing’s heritage, and I am honored and humbled for my book to be associated with such a fine institution.

Denis Oswald

An Out-of-Boat Experience

25 February 2011

The loneliest times of my coaching career have always come in the days right after the rowing season has ended. The team disperses, and I am left without a purpose. One particular day back in 1973 at the University of Pennsylvania stands out.

I wrote about it eleven years ago in my first book:

And the Rest is History!

18 February 2011

Many people have asked me: "How does a project to spend seven years writing a four-volume history of rowing get started."

For me it all began when my step-daughter, Emily Ten Eyck, went off to Northeastern University to row. The two of us had been sculling side by side in singles during her last two years of high school, and after she left our home in California for Boston, my wife Susan mentioned that I just might need a project to take up all of my new free time.

Little did she know!

What's in a Name?

10 February 2011

We’ve changed the name of the book! It used to be The Sport of Rowing: A Comprehensive History, which was actually fine in a lot of ways.

The book isn’t about rowing in general. It doesn’t really cover triremes. It focuses on rowing only since its birth as a recreational pastime which almost immediately evolved into a competitive sport for those who didn’t row for a living. So The Sport of Rowing has always worked well.

The Publishing Event of 2011

5 February 2011

During the last two days, my thoughts have repeatedly returned to my great friend and distinguished citizen of world rowing, Hart Perry, who has so recently left us. Just two weeks ago (see previous blog entry) Hart and I were chatting about my upcoming book, neither of us knowing that it would be our last conversation. I am pleased that my book will soon make a small contribution to keeping Hart's memory alive.

R.I.P. Hart Perry

3 February 2011

A great man passed away today. Hart Perry was a fellow member of the Friends of Rowing History, but that was just the beginning. He has been the heart and soul of the National Rowing Foundation, the body that funds our National Teams. He created the NRF Hall of Fame and the collection of historic shells at Mystic Seaport. He was the long-time coach of Kent School, only the third in its entire history. And he was a good husband to Gillian and a good friend to me amongst a world full of others in our family of rowers.

Bell Curve of the Willing

24 January 2011

Writing this book has been a journey of discovery. A surprise around every bend in the river. Patterns where I least expected them.

One pattern that has struck me is that people’s initial willingness to talk to me seems to follow a bell curve.

Pinch Me!

17 January 2011

I got to row with the 1956 Yale Olympic Champion Eight during their 50th Reunion at the Yale-Harvard Race in 2006, and an article authored by me appeared in the November, 2006 issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Gold Medal.

What’s Going On . . .

10 January 2011

I now have a shrinking list of tasks to perform before the book is finished and will soon announce the publisher.

I will attend the World Rowing Coaches' Conference in London beginning on 23 January, 2011. Two long excerpts of the book will be distributed to all attendees on a compact disk.

Peter Klavora has encouraged my wife and I to come to Bled for the 2011 World Championships, and we also plan on being there when 2012 Olympic Rowing returns to Mother England. That will surely be a joyous time for me, again visiting Eton College, the birthplace of our sport of rowing.

When the book is finally finished, I am sure I will miss the process. I have been privileged to work with so many great athletes, coaches and historians, so many individuals passionate about rowing. I am very grateful to everyone who has contributed.