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Friday, December 7, 2012
A 'Roadsculler' Race in 1888
Surfing the web for some information, I came across this interesting ad for a 'Roadsculler' Race on 7 October, 1888. The fourteen Champion Oarsmen are all professionals and the sport heroes of the day. On the day of the race, twelve of them did race, James Ten Eyck and John Teemer not competing. The 'sculler' was not easy to manoeuvre and never became a success. You will find a race report from The Sun (New York) here. Sport Illustrated had an article about this race in March 1977, read that article here.
‘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.