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
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Bob Negaard: Inventor of the Wing-rigger Dies
This past Sunday, I saw an obituary in the local newspaper that Robert ‘Bob’ Negaard, 89, the inventor of the wing-rigger, had passed away on 26 November in Jacksonville, Florida. I met Bob Negaard a couple of times during the time I was involved in the local rowing community. He came up from Florida to visit his daughter, Kristen, in Noank, and he always made sure that he would look over the local rowing club’s equipment to see if he could help out repairing any broken material.
He was a very modest and quiet gentleman. Read more about his many accomplishment in the sport of rowing 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.