Great Quotes and Boats

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

–Oprah Winfrey, (January 29, 1954-), Media executive, talk show host, television producer, actress, philanthropist and avid reader.

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

-Humanitarian, Activist, Baptist Minister, Civil Rights Leader, Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004), Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

This quote is taken from Reverend Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and is the theme of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Today, January 16 celebrates the memory of MLK and in his honor the National Park Service Department launches the first of 10 free entry days throughout the year to the 120 National Parks located across the country. 

Summer Olympic Games Rio Day 7

Yesterday saw the first of the rowing medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. New Zealand’s Men’s Coxless Pair gets Gold again pulling ahead of South Africa and Italy. Eric Murray and Hamish Bond earn yet another Gold Medal, unstoppable in Rio as they were at the London games. Murray and Bond have won 69 consecutive races including 6 Workd Championships, 16 World Cups and 2 Olympic wins over the last 8 years. Congrats to the amazing duo!

Todays Events:

7:30am Men’s Single Sculls

7:40am Women’s Single Sculls

7:50am Men’s Single Sculls

8:00am Women’s Single Sculls

8:10am Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls

8:20am Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls

8:30am Women’s Coxless Pair

8:40am Men’s Coxless Four

8:50am Men’s Single Sculls

9:00am Men’s Single Sculls

9:10am Women’s Single Sculls

9:20am Women’s Single Sculls

9:32am Women’s Double Sculls

9:45am Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls

10:06am Women’s Coxless Pair

10:27am Men’s Coxless Four

11:00am Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls

11:10am Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls

11:20am Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls

11:30am Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls

11:40am Men’s Single Sculls

11:50am Men’s Single Sculls

12:00pm Women’s Single Sculls

12:10pm Women’s Single Sculls

Summer Olympic Games Rio 2016 Cancelled Day 2 and the Royal Canadian Henley Rows Forward



Today’s rowing was cancelled due to weather conditions. Yesterday was filled with jubilation, trepidation and heartbreaking disappointment  on opening day at the Summer Olympic Games 2016 as rowers either found victory, caught crabs or capsized rowing in Rio. The water was rough on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas as the best of the best continued to stay upright and pull water on an Olympic choppy course “determined to be fair and rowable racing” by World Rowing. 


Men’s Pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand, undefeated since 2009 advance to the semifinals. Nareg Guregian and Anders Weiss of USA who just recently started rowing together earlier this year will race again on Sunday to advance to semifinals. Want to why Olympic rowing was cancelled today? Check out Serbia’s Men’s Pair as they capsize midway through their heat 8/6/2016:


Women’s Single Sculls Magdalena Lobnig of Austria won her first Olympic heat ahead of Olympic champion Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic while in another heat relative unknown Kenia Lechuga of Mexico took second place besting gold medal favorite Kim Brennan of Australia. Gevvie Stone of USA won her opening day heat. 
 Today’s cancelled events:

7:30am Men’s single sculls

8:00am Women’s single sculls

8:30am Men’s Coxless Pair

8:40am Women’s double sculls 

8:50am Men’s double sculls

9:00am Men’s coxless lightweight four

9:10am Women’s coxless pair

9:40am Women’s lightweight coxless four

10:20am Men’s lightweight double sculls

11:00am Men’s coxless four

In Canada, the 134th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta heads toward finals on this the last day on the Martindale Waterways in St. Catharines, Ontario hosted by Canadian Henley Regatta Joint Committee

Summer Olympic Games Rio 2016 Day 1 and More

Day 1 at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. I wonder if any of these contenders attended the opening ceremonies last night. Probably not, hopefully not because the opening ceremony as exciting as it was started late and ran long. With 7:30 start times, these Olympic athletes needed serious shuteye for today’s rowing heats at Lagoa Stadium.

Today’s rowing events:

7:30am Men’s single sculls

9:30am Men’s coxless pairs

10:00am Women’s double sculls

10:30am Men’s double sculls

11:00am Men’s quadruple sculls

For livestream check HERE. For the latest Olympic rowing news check HERE.

Quaker City Masters Regatta will be held in  Philadelphia on Schuylkill River hosted by Fairmount Rowing Association. There will be 297 entries from 38 clubs.

In Canada, Kenora Tops and Bottoms Regatta will be held today, August 6, 2016 in Kenora, ON hosted by Kenora Rowing Club. There will be 158 entries from 8 clubs on the 2000m Rabbit Lake course.

The 134th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta continues through tomorrow August 7, 2016 on the Martindale Waterways in St. Catharines, Ontario hosted by Canadian Henley Regatta Joint Committee with 2, 101 entries from 133 clubs.

In British rowing, the Sudbury Regatta, a 1500m race will be held Saturday 6th August 2016 hosted by the Sudbury Rowing Club just a bit outside the center of town in Suffolk and Essex on the River Stour.

Maidenhead Regatta will be held Saturday 6th August 2016 in the Thames region hosted by Maidenhead Rowing Club on a 2000m course.

What to Wear, What to Wear: Olympic Opening Ceremony & American Athletes

What will the American Olympic contenders be wearing tonight at the opening ceremony in Rio? I love the excitement and anticipation of the opening ceremony and would love to be surprised, but I can’t wait. And this year is especially patriotically pleasing. Designer Ralph Lauren is fine American indeed.

Check out the sleek silhouette of the stylish uniform, with crisp navy blazer, tailored white jeans tapered at the ankle to set off the red, white and blue boat shoes that perfectly coordinate with the multicolored matching tee in a contrived, understated preppy way. The Hickey Freeman blazers made in Rochester, New York are decked out with United States team logo and sport a white polo pony accessorized with with the subtle finishing detail of a woven wriststrap always unifying the team with a lasting remembrance to be worn long after the triumphant days of August 2016.

Our Olympic athletes are United States ambassadors in sport but also in representing each of the 40 United States manufacturers involved in preparing one great look. Watch live action on NBC. Rowing starts promptly tomorrow morning with Men’s single sculls at 7:30.