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August 3, 2020
Patrick Ward takes it all in and makes an impression of his own at the 2020 World Rowing Indoor Championships  more

Return of the HOCR Stress Dream
July 20, 2020
It's July, and it's been nine months since I was last in a boat. It's been approximately 38 weeks since Head Of The Charles 2019, and there's 14 weeks until Head Of The Charles 2020 (supposedly, mind COVID-19). And yet, this morning, I woke up in a familiar sweat due to what I call the "Head Of The Charles stress dream."  more

UVA senior Lizzie Trull describes her last days and row with her teammates, what is lost, and what she can keep  more

Be Nice To Everybody Day, 1968
February 13, 2020
Young men confined to s shared living space exhibit the tendency to commit, over time, deeds after fashion in the chart below; a case analysis from Room 506, Bradford Hall, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA from June to August 1968  more

Having warmed up to the concept of going hell-bent-for-leather over 1,000 meters in the D single the day before (after lollygagging around Italy and Eastern Europe for two weeks), I was primed for the E single.  more

I was rested and ready to roll as I left Zagreb early on the morning of Tuesday, September 10th. I had some anxiety for several reasons, however  more

A short history of the 1989 MKE season, for better and worse  more

My shuttle arrived in Rowing Heaven, otherwise known as Lake Bled, in a cold, drizzling rain. After being in fairly hot weather for most of my trip, this was a welcome relief.  more

In which John loses one of the two things that should never be lost while traveling  more

John Tracey rows and blogs his way across Europe to the World Masters regatta in Budapest; Part 2, Rome, Siena and Florence  more

John Tracey blogs his way across Europe to the World Masters regatta in Budapest  more

Saga of The Burr Gregory Paint Double
April 22, 2019
Many years ago, when shells were cedar, oars were spruce, and men dogwood, a contingent of undergraduates rowed out of Seattle’s Lake Washington Rowing Club in a straight four aspiring to avoid dockside duck poop, ducklings, and nun buoys, in order to hit the U.S. National Championships.  more

Sculling in Seville
February 19, 2019
August is the month I like to book my winter vacation to be ready for the long dark days of winter - so come February 2019, fifteen of us walked through the turnstiles at the High Performance Training Centre on Seville's Guadalquivir River  more

Rowing to Dubai
July 25, 2017
Every morning I sat on the terrace and waited for him. Night would fade to gray dawn, the sun's first rays struck the kilometer-high spire of Burj Khalifa,and then the sculler would appear.  more

Persevering in the Boat
February 18, 2016
Stanford lightweight rower Sarah Hirshorn on life and rowing lessons from her grandfather.  more

John Tracey
Split Personality
January 23, 2015
When it comes to rowing, sometimes I think I have a split personality – Dr. Rower and Mr. Slug.  more

A new poem, by anonymous.  more

John Tracey
The Granddaddy Of Them All
October 14, 2014
The Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) is unquestionably the biggest race of the year for masters rowers.  more

John Tracey
2014 – A Comeback Year … Again??
September 25, 2014
Comebacks are tough - especially repeat comebacks - but it's better than the alternative.  more

The final account of John Tracey's cross-country rowing road trip.  more

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