“I think, for me, the stroke is built around your body being in the right position… It has to be properly supported, especially the catch and the transition from the catch into suspension. You’re always trying to set it up such that, when you’re putting everything you have into the stroke, it’s translating into boat speed rather than just wailing on it.”
– Esther Lofgren (February 28, 1985- ), Rower, Olympic Gold Medalist 2012.
“For me it was all about independence and proving I can get on without needing anyone… But I’ve decided that’s a load of hogwash.”
– Michelle Lee, first Australian woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo (Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019), fastest woman to row one million meters (2017).
“Drills are kind of a balance of, I don’t want to say ‘comfort,’ but a way to find stability while really zeroing in on what’s happening at the catch, and experiencing that in a couple of different ways. A good catch isn’t always the one that feels the lightest, or the most explosive… It’s the one that’s the most effective.”
-Esther Lofgren (February 28, 1985- ), Rower, Olympic Gold Medalist 2012.
“There are days when you hate it, but when it comes down to it, nothing beats making a boat go fast and the feeling you get from training hard. That’s what is satisfying.”
– Christine Smith Collins (September 9, 1969 -), Rowing Coach, Rower, Olympic Bronze Medalist 2000, World Rowing Championship Gold Medalist 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, Silver Medalist 1999, Bronze Medalist 1991, National Rowing Hall of Fame Inductee 2016.
Washington Crossing the Delaware, Emanuel Leutze, 1851. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
– George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799), First president of the United States (1789–1797).
“As a rowing industry we’ve known for decades that we’re responsible for not communicating how to row well. It’s a really valuable movement, but the problem is we don’t grow up with it, whereas we do running and cycling.”
– Dr. Cameron Nichol (1987- ), Olympic Rower 2012, World Rowing Championship Silver Medalist 2010, 2011.
Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge , a.k.a. the “World’s Toughest Row” is an amazing yet grueling open ocean rowing race hosted by Atlantic Campaigns and Talisker Whisky. The Challenge starts from beautiful San Sebastián in La Gomera, Tenerife, Canary Islands, a.k.a. 280N 180W and finishes at Nelson’s Boatyard English Harbour, Antigua and Barbados, West Indies, a.k.a. 170N 610W. At just about 3,000 miles, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge usually takes from 2 to 3 months months to finish, yet four British rowers, George Biggar, Dicky Taylor, Peter Robinson and Stuart Watts, a.k.a. The Four Oarsmen on Saturday, January 13, 2018 finished in an astonishing 29 days and 15 hours setting the Atlantic crossing record previously held last year by the Anglo-American crew, Latitude 35 finishing at 35 days. The winning crew rowed to raise awareness for mental heath raising £250,000 for the charities Mind and Spinal Research.
And today, Thursday, January 18, four Chinese women rowers, Tina Liang Mintian, Cloris Chen Yuli, Amber Li Xiaobing, and Sarah Meng Yajie, set the Atlantic crossing record for women finishing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in just 34 days in addition to being the youngest women and the only Chinese Crew to row an open ocean. Row like a Girl previously held the record set with 40 days at last year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
“Rowing is the sport that suits me best, because it is a sport where I can move my limits on new level.”
-Michal Plocek (4/17/1994 – 11/28/2016), Czech Republic rower, 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships Bronze Medalist
“It isn’t that complex really. A to B as fast as you can go and hope for the best. Close the eyes and pull like a dog.”
– Gary and Paul O’Donovan, Silver Olympic Medalists, Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls