This blog covers all aspects of the rich history of rowing, as a sport, culture phenomena, a life style, and a necessary element to keep your wit and stay sane.
Photograph: Werner Schmidt
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Not A Pretty Language
Some years back, the newspaper The New York Times stopped reporting about rowing regattas, not even the Yale-Harvard Regatta gets a couple of lines these days. It's really a pity. However, the other Sunday, the newspaper's magazine had a grand photograph of some eights and a text about the pain that the rowers suffer when they are racing. And then there was a little piece about Title IX, and crewing and erging - and comments on it all. I'm not going to repeat my thoughts about all to common use of 'doing crew' and 'doing erg', or 'erging' - it's not a pretty language... but here is the article.
‘Hear the Boat Sing’ (HTBS) was founded in 2009 by Göran R Buckhorn, a Swede living in Connecticut, a magazine editor, culture scribe and a rowing historian. In 1990, Göran co-founded the Swedish rowing magazine, “Svensk Rodd”, for which he is now a contributing editor. He has written numerous articles on rowing, and is one of the Directors of Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ, the British Association of Rowing Journalists. Regular contributors to HTBS are: rowing historians Tim Koch and Greg Denieffe, both in England; Hélène Rémond, France; and Philip Kuepper, Connecticut. Besides writing articles on The Boat Race, the Henley Royal Regatta, the Wingfield Sculls, and the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, Tim has made some rowing documentaries. He is also a Director of the Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ. Greg is an Irishman who specializes on Irish rowing. Some of his finest pieces are on HTBS. Hélène, who wrote her thesis on British rowing, has covered The Boat Race and the Henley Regatta for French papers and HTBS, also shooting beautiful photos for this blog. Philip’s poems on rowing have topics about everything between the daily life and the divine.