Great Quotes and Boats

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018) Oxford Coxswain, Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

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Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017/2018

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.

Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio

Paralympic Games 2016 will start today in Rio at Lagoa Stadium in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Entries will compete in the following events: LTAMix4+ (LTA mixed coxed four), TAMix2x (TA mixed double sculls), ASW1x (AS women’s single sculls) and ASM1x (AS men’s single sculls).

  

Today’s scheduled events:

7:30am AS Women’s Single Sculls

7:50am AS Women’s Single Sculls

8:10am AS Men’s Single Sculls

8:30am AS Men’s Single Sculls

8:50am TA Mixed Double Sculls

9:10am TA Mixed Double Sculld

9:30am LTA Mixed Coxed Four

9:50am LTA Mixed Coxed Four

For livestream through 9/12 check HERE.

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.