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A Guide for UK Students Wishing to Row in the U.S.

There has been an increase in the number of UK students expressing an interest in rowing at a U.S university since the government increased the allowable tuition in 2012. Here are some thoughts with regards to applying for a rowing scholarship in the U.S. or for a place to row at a U.S. university for […]

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Sir Steve Redgrave

Sir Steve Redgrave is a former British rower who was a gold winner at five Olympic Games in a row (1984-2000). He was also the winner of three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and nine golds at the World Rowing Championships. In fact, Great Britain regards him as their greatest-ever Olympian. The sport of […]

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The Best University Boat Clubs That Aren’t Cambridge or Oxford

A popular view, when it comes to rowing and British universities, is the dark blue of Oxford and Cambridge’s night blue boat battling it out for victory on West London’s River Thames. The Cambridge-Oxford Boat Race, however, is in a league of its own and athletes attend these universities solely for the purpose of rowing. […]

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Rowing Crew 101

Rowing, also called crew, is a competitive sport that dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The boat-racing sport involves a team that works together using oars for propulsion. The boats, also called shells, are today built to be narrow and long in order to both improve speed and reduce drag. The International Rowing […]

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A History of the Cambridge v Oxford Boat Race – Part 2

The first boat race between the two universities took place in 1829, which Oxford won. That first contest set a precedent in the sheer amount of interest in the country. One estimate had the number of visitors at 20,000, which was four times the resident population of Henley (where the event took place). Oxford may […]

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A History of the Cambridge v Oxford Boat Race – Part 1

This annual sporting fixture, the boat race featuring Cambridge and Oxford, attracts thousands of spectators, with millions more watching from home in front of their television’s sets. But where did it all begin? Almost two centuries (180 years) since the very first race between the top two prestigious universities, we’re going to delve into the […]

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How to Get Rower-Fit – Part 2

Correct form Before you begin your rowing session, it’s important you know how to use the rowing machine safely and with correct form so that your strokes are both effective and efficient. Too many people are spending the entire day sitting down– whether on the way to, or home from, work, and while at work, […]

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How to Get Rower-Fit – Part 1

Think about when you last performed some aerobic exercises in the gym. Well, whenever it was and whatever your purpose- a long and slow session to work on your endurance or a high-intensity workout to burn some body fat- the odds are that you used a treadmill. And if you found that they were all […]

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10 Surprising Facts About Rowing – Part 1

Races always start early Whether practising before school, university lectures, or work, there’s no doubt about it: rowing is for the early riser. If you’re the type of person who enjoys waking up late, you should think about choosing a different sport. All your practice time comes down to just a few short minutes In […]

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The History of Rowing on the Thames

The River Thames has enjoyed a special bond with rowing for over 300 years. It was in 1715 when a group of “waterman” (or oarsmen who took passengers along the river) met below London Bridge for what would be the inaugural rowing race to take place in Britain. Close to two centuries later, spectators gathered […]