days left until the Charles Party!

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Congratulations to Mary on a commanding performance in the lightweight women's single. Biggest margin of the day, won all her races. A truly dominant performance. Shoutout to Hillary(see yesterday's post) for 3rd, spurred on by her great races in the heat that turned into a semifinal.
Also kudos to RBC Rookie Jen Sager for 5th in the same race.

Whenever I think of John Graves, I remember this morning at Craftsbury. The man truly loves this sport, and I am very happy to see him do well. Obvious shout out to our boy Kevin(see Tuesday's post), who capped his great start with a 5th place finish in the A-Final.

Kara Kohler is a very worthy winner, beating both the 2016 and 2017 single scullers to get a direct path to being the 2018 single. But... I'll be honest, I wouldn't get too comfortable in that seat.

Finishing third at an NSR with the kind of schedule Gevvie has is pretty amazing. Just wait till she has actual time to train.

Finally Jasper Liu is too new to the single for me to have a photo of him sculling, so here's a photo of him holding down seven seat in the Penn Lightweight Alumni eight at last year's HOCR. A very impressive race for someone so young.

Special mention to RBC Alum Peter Schmidt who did beat long time nemesis Hugh McAdam, and finished 2nd.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Hillary is the Riverside NSR MVP for Wednesday, grabbing a spot in the final by 0.5 seconds.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Pretty good start at the NSRs for a guy that didn't even have a speed coach in the boat until last week. Keep it up, Kevin!

Monday, April 16, 2018


Taken in 2015, a photo of the 2018 Boston Marathon Champion, Des Linden! What a race, in truly awful conditions.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


Good racing between Harvard, MIT and Dartmouth lights on Saturday morning

Too bad the really sweet water got used up by the scullers. :) Where's Dave?

Friday, April 13, 2018


Catherine and Mikayla throwing down under Dave's watchful eye.

Damn coach hogging the spotlight again. Or maybe just deserves it. Your call.

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Just some friendly local competition, nothing to see here.

More from yesterday's trippy morning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Radcliffe emerging from the mists this morning.

You know the Charles is mocking you when the cloud reflections are so perfect that they make the water look bumpy.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Well, the boat still needs to be repaired, but those responsible stepped up, and I hold no grudges. Looking forward to this, except back on the home docks at RBC. Thanks to everyone who helped and expressed concern.

Monday, April 09, 2018


Can always count on BU and NU for a good throwdown. NU pulled away late to win by 4 seconds, but this is always a great race to watch.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Saturday, April 07, 2018


Flurries with a chance of HPG.

Friday, April 06, 2018


Peekaboo

Yes, friends. The Charles River was most definitely mocking you on this Friday afternoon.

Thursday, April 05, 2018


MIT, Columbia, Dartmouth and Holy Cross throwing down over the weekend.

After a day of rain, a pretty glorious sky.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018


Jay and his new boat joined us for pieces on Tuesday morning. Which made for four bow-rigged Empachers and one Fluidesign. AKA, the floating definition of first world problems.

Conditions were decent, too.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


Solid looking quartet out of UBC.

HPG don't need no stinking sunlight, they've got the moon on their side.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Since spring can't seem to make up it's f-ing mind, I thought I'd take some time to analyze the latest trends in collegiate racing apparel.

I just have to ask. Where's the H150 visor, hat, or forehead tatoo? Come on, you are wasting valuable branding real estate here. (The gray shirts are pretty sweet, though).

It is with great horror that I report that the use of the RBC striped tights has spread to the collegiate ranks.

If you thought that wasn't enough, meet the offspring of the fighting hen and the striped ... well, whatever the Riverside mascot is. Some say it's a tiger. Some say it's inmate 1869 at the state penitentiary. Either way, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

No one has ever said that you should only have one loud set of gear. Nothing says "I love my team" like its crest all over your entire lower body. I can just see this "inspiring" another line of Riverside apparel. Shudder.

Speaking of stripes, the Radcliffe 1V went with vertical ones. Have to admit, they are actually kind of cool. Also, I was a big Juventus fan growing up, so vertical black and white stripes are totally cool with me.

Also a big fan of the BU Lightweights "Boston" tights. Looks cool, especially when the entire boat is rocking them.

Well, almost everyone. Why is 3 seat ALWAYS involved in this? (We'll get to the stern too, don't worry).

I mean, seriously, why? Everyone else in the boat's got tights and long sleeves. Did they run of gear for 3 and 4, so they had to split a set? Also, shout out to the OG beard, Ian. Our boy's holding down five seat. And was probably the only person racing whose face didn't hurt afterwards.

Let's not let stroke seat off the hook too easily. It's not that warm out. Hell, everyone on the bridge is wishing they brought six more layers. Everyone else in the boat got sleeves on. Stroke seat of the MIT varsity don't care.

And this brings us to my favorite boat of the day. Because if you can convince your entire boat that it's May, instead of the last (and very cold) day of March, then more power to you. I salute you, the women of Radcliffe. Also, sweet unis.
Tune in next week for the next part of this feature.

Sunday, April 01, 2018


Alexis and Ilana warming up the race course for the college kids.

About 30 seconds of quad tracks under the full moon on Saturday. Also well before the racing.

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Radcliffe and Brown 1Vs throwing down on Saturday.

5:30AM on Memorial Drive. Just me, the moon, the wind, a random passing car, and about 60-80K of carbon fiber.

Friday, March 30, 2018


Hank with the troops on Thursday morning.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Why yes, don't mind if I do.

Though it must be noted, for once, the basin looked even more stunning in the dark.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


BU women all sparkling in their Hudson.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Drag racing in the Empacher showroom this morning.

Monday, March 26, 2018


NU 3V racing on Saturday.

Sun vs. clouds on Saturday. I think they agreed to co-exist.