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By pmallory - Posted on 20 June 2012

14 November 2011

After our October surprise of discovering all 500 standard sets of The Sport of Rowing printed with flawed covers, we are looking forward to November redemption in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The books are all now back from the bindery, having been rebound with flawless new covers. In Henley, they will go on sale this Tuesday or Wednesday at Richard Way Booksellers and at the River & Rowing Museum. For the rest of the World, shipping from California will also commence this Tuesday. Tomorrow!

So the long wait is nearly over.

In the meantime, please let me express my sincere gratitude to all the people who have continued to go out of their way to thank me so profusely for bringing this unique book to the world rowing community. It was especially gratifying to see so many old and new friends recently at the San Diego Crew Classic Stewards' Event, at the Head of the Charles and at the Rowing History Forum in Henley. Most of the seven years of work that I put in on this project was spent staring at a computer screen, and so whenever I can thank my collaborators and greet my readers face to face, it is a real treat.

My wife Susan took lots of pictures of the people who stopped by at the HOCR and said hello, but two people must have slipped away on Sunday before we wrote down their names. Does anyone recognize these smiling faces? By the time we got back home from Boston and then Europe, some of the specific memories had begun to fade. I'm SO old and SO sorry.

Over the next several months I will be available to get more involved with supporting my many California friends and teammates at Long Beach Rowing Association, California Yacht Club, UC Irvine, Orange Coast College, Newport Aquatic Center, UC San Diego and San Diego Rowing Club. My latest book is just the beginning of my efforts to give back to the world rowing community which has been my family for nearly 53 years.

I will also be coming east frequently from our home in Los Angeles. I look forward to seeing many more friends at the USRowing Golden Oars Banquet in New York on Wednesday, November 30, and to personally thank honorees Harry Parker and Bill Stowe for their participation in my research.

From there I will visit the Granby High School Rowing Team in Norfolk, Virginia, where my son Philip coaches. This is what it's all about, making the world a better place by passing on the life lessons of rowing to the next generation.

I will be very excited to attend my first Power Ten Dinner on Thursday, January 19 in New York.

I will be the featured speaker at the Annual Dinner of the Cambridge Boat Club on Saturday, February 11. This invitation from Bill Becklean, 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist and my good friend, is especially heartening to me 40 years after I represented Cambridge as a lightweight single sculler in Europe.

I will attend the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame Induction at Mystic Seaport on Saturday evening, March 10. Most of the inductees are recent collaborators on my book. The Friends of Rowing History are also firming up plans for our biennial Rowing History Forum to be held there earlier that same day. Mystic is where my ancestors settled and became ship builders. My whole family is buried in the cemetary nearby, so every opportunity to return there (to visit) is precious to me.

On May 11-13 I will attend my 45th Reunion at the University of Pennsylvania, and hopefully we can get an eight of old Penn Lightweights onto the Schuylkill waters while we are all gathered.

Then there are the Olympic Games. Susan and I will stay with Ratty and Mole out in the Oxfordshire countryside, attend the rowing events on Dorney Lake in the mornings and do some touring, including Blenheim Palace and Toad Hall, in the afternoons. We are very excited and hope to see many of our British and international friends.

If you're not yet on my list, get in touch with me and let's find a way to get together and make boats go fast!