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By pmallory - Posted on 20 June 2012

24 February 2012

Individual Volumes Available

A couple of weeks ago I cleared out the warehouse I have used to ship out The Sport of Rowing. In the time since, I have sold off every single standard set left in America, including the one on my son's shelf and even the one I was reading myself at the time. They're all gone.

I'm completely out of standard Volume IIs, but I do have seven Volume Is, eight Volume IIIs, and thirteen Volume IVs left over. Let me tell you some of the highlights in each:

Volume I - the birth of rowing as sport at Eton College, British and American professional and amateur rowing during the 19th Century, early collegiate rowing at Harvard, Cornell, Yale and Annapolis, and four generations of University of Washington crews and coaches.

Volume III - Harry Parker, Allen Rosenberg, Ernie Arlett, Thor Nilsen, Korzo, Harry Mahon, Jürgen Grobler, Ted Nash, early Mike Spracklen, women in the 1970s, rowing in New Zealand, German Democratic Republic, Canada in the 1990s and recent Dutch rowing.

Volume IV - the backstory behind the book The Amateurs, women in the 1980s, recent rowing in Britain, Italy and Canada, Hartmut Buschbacher, Harald Jährling, Mike Teti, Tom Terhaar, more recent Mike Spracklen, a glossary and bibliography, and perhaps most important of all, the nearly 200-page epilogue entitled The Lessons of 200 Years.

If you are interested, the cost is $100 for each volume, plus $10 postage within the U.S. and Canada. It will be first come - first served. Email me at: If the volume you want is still available, I will email you a personal link so you can safely enter your credit card and shipping information. Once I get confirmation from my processor,, I will ship you your volume.

Proceeds will go not to me but to funding the good works of the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, publisher of The Sport of Rowing.

An Out-of-Boat Experience

While I am in promotion mode, the most recent printing of my first book, the account of my personal search for the perfect stroke which I named An Out-of-Boat Experience, is also nearly sold out. It is no longer available on, but the last 10 or so copies in existence anywhere are available on the shopping page of It's a way, way different book from The Sport of Rowing, but people have been contacting me for ten years to tell me it changed forever the way they row. I won't guarantee that for you, but I will guarantee a couple of laugh-out-loud moments and couple more "aha" insights. Put your instructions into the information panel when you order, and I will personally sign and dedicate your copy.

Proceeds of the sale of this book go not to me but 100% to support the good works of