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 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 Rowing Chronicles: The last stretch

It’s reached that part of the season where rowers and parents alike are on their last legs. Tempers are fraying, sunburn is peeling and everyone longs for a weekend off. No such luck. SA Champs is looming at the end of the month and the pressure is on. The Wemmer Regatta at Roodeplaat Rowing Club […]

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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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The Rowing Chronicles – Part 6

  What sounds like a great idea on a sunny Friday afternoon does not seem to be so brilliant in the cold grey dawn of a Sunday morning. Then, it seems like insanity. Firstborn son and I hit the road and headed off to Hartebeespoort Dam at sparrow’s fart on Sunday morning to join my […]

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