connecting rowers who love to travel

The Vocabulary of Water

Recently I finished reading “The Old Ways” by Robert MacFarlane.  It is a beautifully written book about journeys on foot, illuminating his love for paths and landscape. He also talks about the paths of the sea. At the end of the book is a glossary of some of the more esoteric...

What does a rowing image say to us?

So many of the photos of rowing that we see show intense action, power, perhaps victory or a slump in defeat, and often determination and pain. This image is very different, but it also illustrates what rowing can mean. Taken on the recent Crystal Blue Rowing Tour in Austria, it...

Learning the SUP Rower with Lessons for Business

  Rowing is frequently used as an analogy for teamwork specifically, and life and business generally.  So it seems somehat unoriginal to examine my recent experiences with the Oar Board in a similar vein. But I really have been struck by a series of observations, perhaps...

First Ever Row to Sibuya

We are certain that we are the first people to row the river.  Yes, lots have been on it in other craft, including canoes and kayaks, but not rowing shells.  This was a rare opportunity in our busy, “been there, done that” world.  So ours was a first ever, an easy exploratory...

Why Travel to Row Now?

Right now we seem to be inundated by even more than usual negative, terrifying or mind-numbing headlines.  The world appears a scary place, and one reaction is to retreat to safe havens.  For rowers this may mean heading to the familiar dock, launching our favourite boat onto...

Rowing Travel as Club Development

I was fortunate to be at the Rowing Canada Aviron Conference 2016, and part of a panel titled “Rowing for All – The Growth of Touring and Coastal Rowing in Canada and Abroad. How to Expand and Diversify your Programming “.  Rowing travel is a way to increase and...

12 Months, 12 Countries: Highlights of 2015

‘Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.’ author unknown.  By that basis, I am ending the year much richer.  Here are a few other rowing travel highlights from 2015: Attending the FISA World Rowing Championship in Aiguebelette, France Participating...

Bellagio Short Break in Rowing & Regatta

We are absolutely delighted to have an article about our Bellagio Short Break published in British Rowing’s magazine Rowing & Regatta Nov-Dec 2015.  Patricia Carswell was a delight to have along on the trip, along with the other rowers.  You may want to check out two of...

Rowing through London!

For most it is a rare opportunity to row through the centre of London, past such historic sites as the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, the Tower of London, London Bridge, etc.   The tides have to be right, permission is needed from the port authority, and braving the river...

A Row to Celebrate History

In a relatively brief visit to any country, you cannot gain a great depth of insight into its history and culture.  But every once in a while, history just envelopes you and you get immersed in something very cultural and very special. This is what happened to me when I rowed in...