Great Quotes and Boats

“Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

-Stephen Hawking, Oxford Coxswain, Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

Murphy Cup, Murtaugh Cup and More

It’s just before Easter and the last Saturday in March. It also feels like the snow may be behind us but one never knows.

 The 34th Memorial Murphy Cup Regatta will be held in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River for Collegiate rowers hosted by Temple University. There will be 191 entries from 32 clubs. 

The TARS Regatta will be held in Winter Park, Florida on Lake Maitland for Rollins College, Florida Tech and Embry-Riddle hosted by Rollins College.

 The Murtaugh Cup poses Navy vs. Princeton in Annapolis. The Murtaugh Cup is named for Joe Murtaugh who was the head lightweight crew coach at Princeton University from 1988 to 2005 and U.S. National Team coach.

Also in EARC lightweight men’s rowing, Georgetown races Delaware in DC.

The Adirondack Erg Sprints will be held in Troy, New York hosted by Rensselaer Crew Club in the ECAV Auxiliary gym. 
American Youth Cup Series II will be held on the Gulf Coast of Florida in sunny Sarasota for HIgh School and Junior rowers hosted by Sarasota Crew. There will be 164 entries from 9 clubs at Nathan Benderson Park. In Massachusetts, the Rockrimmon Ergatta will be held in Springfield. Master Open, and Junior categories will be hosted by the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. There will be 102 entries from 11 clubs in Master, Open, Adaptive, Collegiate, High School and Junior categories converging at the Rockrimmon Boathouse.  

The Polar Bear Regatta, yes the Polar Bear Regatta will be held in Fairfax Station on the Occoquan Reservoir in Virginia. It still gets cold in the Northeast, especially in the morning and has been know to snow into April. There will be 86 entries from 17 clubs hosted by Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association.

Good luck to all!

World Water Day and the Olympic Trial Season 

Today is World Water Day, an international day to observe and focus our attention to the need for sustainable freshwater sources. Today there are an estimated 2 billion people without safe drinking water. World Water Day was first proposed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and was designated by the United Nations General Assembly the following year. Ironically, today is also a day for a focused few, the Olympic hopefuls rowing for a prized seat on the road to Rio in the 2016 Olympics.

 The British Rowing Team Olympic Trials will be held today through March 24 in Caversham.

The Latin America Continental Qualification Regatta will be held today through March 24 in Valparaiso, Chile hosted by the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA).

Also in Chile, the Latin American Competition will be held today through March 24 in Curauma hosted by Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA).

National Selection Regatta 2016

 The first National Selection Regatta, a definitive challenge on the row to Rio and the Olympics will be held for elite rowers from March 21, 2016 through March 26, 2016 at the Olympic Training Center in  Chula Vista, California. USRowing will host 31 entries from the following eight clubs:

 California Rowing Club
 Craftbury Green Racing Project
 New York Athletic Club
 Seattle Area Rowing Association   USRowing Training Center Oklahoma  USRowing Training Center Princeton   Vespa Boat Club                                              Unaffiliated

The next step in the Row to Rio Challenge will be going to the World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland. Good luck to these Olympic hopefuls on their way to the World Rowing Cup II as they compete on their row to Rio!

A Flick in Philly and a Cup in Tampa

Spring, the Vernal Equinox officially started last night in the Northern Hemisphere. And while both hemispheres share equal night, Spring in the Northeast triggers blooming daffodils and feathering oars under a bright sun. 

   The Flick-Horvat Regatta, the 2nd in the Manny Flick/Horvat series will be held at 2 Schuylkill River in Philadelphia for High School rowers hosted by the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association. There will be 305 entries from 54 clubs. 


In Florida, the Tenth Annual Tampa Mayors Cup Regatta will welcome over 128 entries consisting of over 750 rowers from 21 clubs in Master, Open, Collegiate, High School and  Junior categories to be hosted by the The Stewards Foundation. The Harney Park ByPass Canal racecourse will provide both a 1000m and 1500m buoyed protected course for the regatta. 

 UVA will compete with Yale in Earlysville, Virginia at Rivanna Reservoir. 

  In Georgia, the 30th Annual John Hunter Regatta continues for another day at the Lake Lanier 1996 Olympic venue in Gainesville. Collegiate, High School and Junior entries will compete on 2000m on the buoyed six lane course hosted by St. Andrew Rowing Club and Georgia Tech.


In British Rowing, the Vesta Veterans Head will be held on the River Thames hosted by the Vesta Rowing Club. The International Eights for Masters will follow a racecourse that starts from Mortlake to finish at Putney. 

Good luck to all!

Smells Like Crew Spirit 

With St. Patrick’s Day and Daylight Savings behind us and the advent of Spring just ahead, the rush of Spring Break and the anxious, nourishing wind smells like crew spirit in a good way that can only be interrupted by thoughts of regatta cowbells and finish lines. This is going to be a great season. You can feel nirvana, liberation in the air. 

  The Southern California League Cal Cup will be held at Marine Stadium, the site of the 1932 Olympics in Long Beach. 244 Junior rowers from 7 clubs will be hosted by Long Beach Junior Crew.

  Another Cali regatta for Junior rowers, the Pacific Invitational will be held in San Francisco hosted by the Pacific Rowing Club. There will be 205 rowers from 13 clubs competing on Lake Merced. 

In New Hampshire, the Queen City Ice Breaker Ergatta will be held at Trinity High School, 581 Bridge Street, Manchester for Master, Open, Collegiate, High School, Junior and Novice categories hosted by the Central Crew Club. This is a Concept2 event. There will be 56 entries from 10 clubs. 

  The Hudson River Rowing Association’s 16th Annual Indoor Sprints will be held in the McCann Athletic Center on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. This Concept2 event for Master, Open, High School and Junior categories will be hosted by HRRA. There will be 193 entries from 12 clubs. 

Lake Lenape Sprints, an invitational regatta will be held where else but on Lake Lenape! Southern New Jersey Scholastic Rowing Association will host 93 Junior and High School entries from 12 clubs in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

  The 4th annual Arrow Indoor Regatta, previously known as the Glass City Indoor Regatta will be hosted by St.Ursula Academy Crew. 85 entries in Junior, High School, Collegiate, Open and Master categories from 3 clubs will race 1500m in the SUA Field House, 4025 Indian Road, Toledo, Ohio.  

  Today in California, there will be a Dual Meet for Collegiate Men and Women with Sonoma State hosted by California Lightweight Crew held at the Jack London Aquatic Center, Oakland Estuary. California Lightweight Crew, also known as Cal Lightweights or Cal Lights is a club rowing team at the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Western Collegiate Rowing Association.  

The Rollins Invitational will be held on Lake Maitland in Winter Park, Florida for Collegiate Men & Women hosted by Rollins College. 

  Over the weekend in Georgia, the 30th Annual John Hunter Regatta will be held in Gainesville at the Lake Lanier 1996 Olympic venue.  There will be 327 entries from 37 clubs. Collegiate, High School and Junior entries will race 2000m on the buoyed six lane course complete with starting platforms and an enclosed finish tower hosted by St. Andrew Rowing Club and Georgia Tech.

In British Rowing, the Ponteland Junior Head will be held in the Northern region. 

The Head of the River (HoRR) will be held in London from Mortlake to Putney on the Tideway. More than 400 crews of eights will row the 4¼ mile Thames Championship Course which is actually the Boat Race course in reverse. 

 And the Alton Spring Head hosted by the Alton Rowing Club, established in 1912, continues on with from last week with the second regatta in the Alton Head Race Series. Tomorrow will be the last and final regatta in the series. 

Good luck to all!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Top of the Morning…

As you row just before the break of dawn or gather your thoughts inside on the erg, remember to get jiggy with it! Row lucky and have a great day. Shamrock on!

Today in British Rowing, the Schools’ Head Of The River will be held in the Thames region. The next Schools’ Head of the River is set for next week on March 23.

Tomorrow, March 18, the Junior Sculling Head will be held in the Thames region hosted by the Scullery, an independent organization dedicated to the support and development of Junior Sculling in the UK. 

Also tomorrow in Florida, Collegiate Women’s Rowing Crews Nova SE, UCF, and UConn will compete in a spring break race in Orlando. 

Sydney International Rowing Regatta


In Australia, the Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) for Junior, Open, Elite and Adaptive rowers will be held at the Sydney International Rowing Centre (SIRC), Penrith, New South Wales. Rowing Australia will host 1289 entries from 188 clubs from March 14 to March 20.

The events consist of the Australian Open Rowing Championships, the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cup Interstate Regatta. 

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Best of luck to all down under!