Regatta Ready

You’ve probably been to a regatta by now. Chances are that you took way too much or far too little. There is a balance between nothing and the kitchen sink. While your child is packing boats on trailers, you’ll find yourself doing much the same thing. Another rowing mom shared her regatta ready plan with […]

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Rowing sisters (and brothers) with blisters

As you slowly watch your child’s hands degrade from soft and supple to something out of Freddy Kreuger, you will doubt the wisdom of this sport. Get used to it. Cheese grater hands are par for the course. Don’t indulge any wallowing, it’s just attention seeking martyrdom.   You will cringe. There will be ooze. […]

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So, your kid wants to row…

I met some new rowing parents.They have no idea what’s in store for them. Here are some t hings they need to know.

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Rowing Chronicles: SA Champs Day 3

There’s a strange sort of feeling one gets after the end of something huge. Something between elation of the moment and the despair that it’s all too illusory. You want to reach out and grab one specific second and hold it all your life – a moment of glory too great to put into words. […]

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Rowing Chronicles: SA Champs Day 2

Once more into the breach dear friends, once more. Imagine a sandpit, a small sandpit, much like you might have had as a child. Imagine the sandpit contains only one grain of sand. Now imagine that you took every speck of sand from a beach and put in that sandpit. Exactly. That’s what it’s like […]

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Rowing Chronicles: SA Champs Day 1

The Sun was just thinking about getting out of bed. He was lying there pondering the peculiarities of people who row. He wondered vaguely, as one does, in that time between sleep and awake, why on earth these people refused to acknowledge the natural ebb and flow of day and night. Clearly, they should still […]

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The end of the world

Bring a teenager sucks. I’m not old that I can’t remember it – the existential angst, the belief that the world revolved around you and that everything was deeply unfair and designed to thwart you at every turn.

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The Rowing Chronicles: Woes of a rowing mom

Being a rowing mom is no joke. When your child expresses an interest in a sport at school, try and steer them in a direction of something quick, like squash, or tennis or no sport at all. Avoid cricket, gymnastics and rowing. It’s Monday morning and I have been regaled with weekend reminisces from my […]

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Welcome to Death Row

  Guess what I got for Christmas? No, not tail lights. That was last year. Not a blender, or a kettle, or an oven. We’ve covered those. I got a rowing machine! When my son’s Rowfit trainer asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I blithely replied that I had bought myself some killer shoes […]

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