Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

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

Great Quotes and Boats

“I think it’s conceited to consider you’ve got any virtues, but I think I’m quite patient.”

– Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, (b. 1944), 3rd Baronet OBE, British Army Officer (1963 -1971), travel writer, poet, explorer, awarded the Order of the British Empire and the Polar Medal.

Great Quotes and Boats

“The rudder is your enemy, because every time you use the rudder you lose something.”

– Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO, FRSA, RDI (7 March 1930 – 13 January 2017), a.k.a. Lord Snowdon, Cambridge coxswain (coxed the 96th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, Cambridge won by three-and-a-half lengths), British photographer, filmmaker, documentarian, picture editor of The Sunday Times magazine, husband of Princess Margaret, brother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, co-designer with Frank Newby and Cedric Price of the “Snowdon Aviary,” London Zoo (1964), council member of the Polio Research Fund, a.k.a. the National Fund for Research into Crippling Diseases (1960s), president for England of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981), provost of the Royal College of Art (1995 – 2003).

96th Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, a.k.a. The Boat Race, Cambridge pictured here ahead by half a length (1950).

Winning Cambridge Crew (1950).

Great Boats and Quotes

“Train hard, fight easy.”

– Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Васи́льевич Суво́ров, tr. Aleksándr Vasíl‘evič Suvórov (1729 or 1730 – 1800), Russian Military Leader, Count of Rymnik, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, Prince of Italy, Generalissimo of the Russian Empire.

Great Quotes and Boats

“I was trudging across Yale’s Old Campus to the Branford Dining Hall for lunch on my fourth day when I saw a long wooden object inside the High Street gate. The shape looked vaguely familiar, although it seemed out of place. I walked up to take a closer look. Several metal triangles poked out from its middle. Its smooth, rounded bottom rested in a pair of scruffy canvas slings. Another fish out of water.

A rowing shell.

For the first time since I arrived on campus, my chattering anxiety quieted. I reached out and touched the varnished wood, ran my hand along the grain and felt its glistening smoothness. I closed my eyes. I could hear the splash of oars and imagine flecks of water cooling my skin as the boat rocked me gently.”

– Ginny Gilder, Rower, Olympic Silver Medalist, Author, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX (2015).

Great Quotes and Boats

With wife Lil and friends, Idlewood, Michigan (1928)

“The weekends I could get off we went to Idlewild and this was the most exercise, and the best, I remember—although you might say blowing a trumpet is exercise all of the time.”

– Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), a.k.a. Satchmo, Satch, Pops, trumpeter, composer, vocalist, actor and rower.

Swing that Music, Louis Armstrong. New York: Da Capo Press, (1936) 1993 edition, p85.

Great Quotes and Boats

“I spent months. I had never rowed before, and Martin is someone who has rowed his whole life. Without a doubt, that’s the hardest thing you can attempt to learn in a short period of time.  I got there in the end, and I got quite addicted to it and loved it. I actually kept it up while we were shooting, even when there was no need to. I just really enjoyed working with my coach. There are only a couple of brief moments in the film, but there was no way of faking it. There was absolutely no photo double way of shooting any of that stuff.  It was a pretty lucky thing to do, to go row on the Thames. It was beautiful.

– Eric Bana (1968- ), during an interview for Collider speaking about his Martin Rose character who rows in the film Closed Circuit.

Stotesbury Cup Moves to Jersey

The 92nd Stotesbury Cup Regatta traditionally held at the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia will be held May 18, 2018 through May 19, 2018 at Cooper River in New Jersey. The eleventh hour move is due to days of rainy weather causing the river to flow too fast in handling extra volume. For the safety of over 5,500 competitors, docks and more have been transported to the new location for the Regatta.

Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia hosts 962 entries from 196 clubs today at Cooper River.

For the latest information check Twitter HERE.

USRowing Northwest Youth Championships will be held May 18, 2018 through May 20, 2018 at Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington. USRowing hosts 764 entries from 31 clubs.

National Selection Regatta II/Spring Speed Order II continues today through May 20, 2018 at the Princeton National Rowing Association/Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. USRowing hosts 47 Elite entries from 20 clubs to the 1,900m event. Rainy weather and an area flood watch alert has been issued and will be effect until 6am Saturday, May 19, 2018.

For area weather check Accuweather HERE

For the latest information check Twitter HERE.

For the race schedule check HERE.

For race results check HERE.