Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Adieu Ramer

HTBS's Hélène Rémond reports from France:

On 24 May 2010, HTBS was happy to announce the new “improved publication, Ramer, of the French Rowing Federation, but issue 676, delivered in November 2011, was to be the last one. The decision was taken by the Federation’s Board of Directors to cease the magazine because the number of subscriptions had been going down, getting lower and lower since the beginning of 2011. In the last editorial, FFSA president Jean-Jacques Mulot explained: “from 3,000 subscribers, they were less than 2,000 of them in a few months [...]. This situation leads us, like other rowing federations before, to choose new means of communication that will rapidly be operational”.

Ramer had turned into a large-format magazine printed on recycled paper. The quarterly went from 44 pages up to 64 pages with more photographs. The interviews and reports did not only tackle French rowing - including Breton rowing, with champion Marie Le Nepvou, for instance - but also international events like the HRR and the Head of the Charles Regatta...

It is always sad to see a rowing magazine go down the pipes...

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