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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...

5 Women Rowers You Don’t Know You Want to Know

Generations of rowers came before us, blazing trail, finessing training, improving boats, and taking the sport to the next level. For women, that trail was often more difficult to blaze than it was for men. The following have either smoothed the waters for women rowing today or...
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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...

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...

Best Rowing Literature – River Thames

I was thinking about River Thames.  I am looking forward to the Rowing The World tour there in September https://rowingtheworld.com/trips/classic-river-thames/ . I love to read about a destination in advance and also while there.  Curling up with a good book that sets the scene...