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By pmallory - Posted on 20 June 2012

16 May 2012

The Perfect Rower - An Opportunity to View

For those of you planning to attend the Henley Royal Regatta this summer, I want to let you know about an event that the River & Rowing Museum in Henley will be holding over Regatta weekend. A very special exhibit, The Perfect Rower – 100 years of rowing in the Olympics, opened on March 31 to celebrate the return of the Olympic regatta to the birthplace of our sport, the historic Thames Valley of Mother England. To mark the occasion, the RRM is holding a special ‘opportunity to view’ the exhibit and the Museum from 10AM to Noon on Sunday 1st July, to tie in with the Regatta. It will be an event not to be missed. Here is your invitation!

The River & Rowing Museum is just a short stroll up the townside bank of the Thames above Henley Bridge. Discover what made the perfect rower during the last Olympic Games held in Britain in 1908 and 1948 and what it will take to become an Olympic Champion in 2012. Explore the changes in nutrition, training and equipment over the last 100 years. Discover the psychology behind winning a Gold Medal then and now, and appreciate the march of time through artifacts from the peerless collection of Thomas E. Weil. It's a fascinating exhibit.

Pieces of Eight

Iconic rowing correspondent and historian Chris Dodd and iconic national rowing coach Bob Janousek will both be at this event to chat and sign copies of Chris’s terrific new book, Pieces of Eight, published by the RRM.

Coincidentally, the Henley Royal Regatta are holding a luncheon on the same day for ex-Olympians, and they have very kindly agreed to send those attending an RRM invitation as well, so we never know who might also drop by our event! Save this invitation, and RSVP once you finalize your travel plans. Tell them you are a friend of mine.

The Perfect Rower - 100 years of rowing in the Olympics will be on exhibit at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames until September 30, so those of you coming to the 2012 Olympics at nearby Dorney Lake a few weeks later this summer can also see it during your trip. It would be a fantastic way to introduce yourself to this jewel of a Museum dedicated to our beloved sport of rowing and to become engaged with all the good things they continue to do.