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How to choose: Italy or Ireland?

How to choose a rowing trip is important! Italy and Ireland are two of our most popular countries and we have two rowing tours in each (actually three in Italy if you count the Vogalonga weekend). How to decide which trip to take?   Links for the trips: Adriatic Sea &...

Four Fine Food Faves

Besides coolish rows and perhaps head races, autumn, for many, brings harvests, and our thoughts turn to food—fresh food. As at home, after a good, long row on one of our trips, nothing is better than a meal of fresh foods, especially when dishes are often distinctive to an area...

Always Nerve-Racking

UPDATE: for 2019, our Four Rivers in Ireland trip will be women only tour. Join us in May!  It is often nerve-racking to start something new. Our Magical Lago Maggiore trip is not exactly new, having run successfully last year. But our June 2018 trip was new in two ways. It was...

Feathering My Oars in a Most Scientific Manner: Women, Rowing and Lago Maggiore

Those words, “feathering my oars in a most scientific manner”, were written by Abigail May Alcott Nieriker in 1873, although attributed to her sister Louisa May Alcott of Little Women fame. In those days, women did not row. Or rarely.  In fact the full quote about a row on River...
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Hemingway, Rowing and Lago Maggiore

There is a wonderful connection between these three things. Literary buffs could tell you exactly what it is. For us, it was a perfect topic to discuss as we rowed along one of the most lovely lake shores in Europe this past May. Ernest Hemingway stayed in Stresa, which is on the...
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Boldly Row Where No Man (or Woman) Has Rowed Before

Happy Star Trek Day, a fan day celebrated April 5th because that’s when first contact between Humans and Vulcans happened in the science fiction sensation that is Star Trek. And if puppies can have a day, why not Star Trek fans? So, in honour of Star Trek Day, or First Contact...

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...

November Custom Como Trip

It wasn’t on the original schedule, but this November saw a special request trip to Lago di Como in Italy. And from that will evolve a new idea for short getaways in 2014. Thank you to Bruce, who started it all, and to Chantal, Heidi, Walti and Christi...

Gelati as rowing food

Can gelati be considered an appropriate food for rowers? And what is it about Australian rowers and Italian ice cream? These are important questions with the World Masters Games in Torino just wrapping up, and the FISA World Masters Regatta less than a month away in Varese....

Connected in Como

In April, a small group of rowers from France and Canada joined Ruth to test out the rowing venues for Italian & Swiss Lakes Rowing (and everything else on the tour).  We had many amazing adventures, but one of best was rowing with members of Lario Rowing Club on Lake Como...