“To learn the quickness and spontaneity that characterizes good sculling, spend some time watching animals. From them you can learn the grace that comes from their economy of movement and their complete reliance on their senses.”
– Frank Cunningham, Rower, coach, teacher USRowing Hall of Fame member, USRowing Medal of Honor (2011), author of The Sculler at Ease (1992).
“We all have worked so hard with 2020 as the goal; however, we want to do our part in helping the global community overcome the current situation. We will have to wait another year, but that means another year of training, improvement, and opportunities to get faster for 2021.”
Julian Venonsky, USRowing National Team, Men’s 8+, Coxswain.
“You can train for years, and at the end of four years, you might not make the team and there’s nothing you can do about it. COVID-19 added another level of uncertainty, but we’re used to taking things one day at a time.”
It was second night of the “World’s Toughest Rowing Race” and we had over 2,550 nautical miles of Atlantic Ocean left to row. I was surrounded by miles of ink-black ocean, engulfed by pitch-black darkness. The winds increased and the sea exploded, sending wave after wave, invisible in the darkness, crashing down upon me. Being that low to the water with the waves thundering over the boat, there is always a risk of being knocked overboard or even of the whole boat capsizing. I wore my life jacket with the built-in harness, which was attached to the safety cable that ran the length of the boat. Nearing exhaustion after having rowed all day and half way through the night, I knew I was going to have to stop rowing and rest. But with no one being on the oar, the risk of capsizing in the unpredictable waves increases.
– Angela Madsen (March 10, 1960 – June 22, 2020), Paralympian, World Rowing Championship 2x Gold Medalist 2003, 2004, 2005, 1x Silver Medalist 2002, author of Rowing Against the Wind (2014).
“Perhaps the seeds of redemption lay not just in perseverance, hard work, and rugged individualism. Perhaps they lay in something more fundamental – the simple notion of everyone pitching in and pulling together.”
“I had been recruited heavily by Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth, so why did I choose Harvard? Because as soon as I walked into the boathouse I could smell a hundred years of sweat, and I wanted to be part of it, part of something great.”
– Patrick Todd, (1979- ), Rower, Olympian, World Championship Silver Medalist 2003, Gold Medalist 2008.