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In Memoriam
Igor Grinko: A Remembrance
March 19, 2014
A remembrance of Igor Grinko, by Brian Jamieson. Igor was a great man, coach, and friend, and will be greatly missed.  more

Inspiration
Hoea Kaha--Paddle Strongly
April 22, 2013
I write these words in praise of many things. In praise of the Waikato river with its swirls and currents, its hidden corners and sandbanks, and in praise of the people who took the time to paddle with us.  more

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Rowing in All 50 States
February 4, 2013
Wouldn’t it be nice to row on the Mississippi up north where it is small? This would be an excuse to prowl around the Rocky Mountains. New York’s Finger Lakes and New England are all pretty places. Let’s explore them by boat. And so the plot was hatched!  more

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Coming Home
January 17, 2013
Heading home. I could hardly believe it. Once I had the “home” concept imbedded in my mind, I had no time for nostalgia. I was on a mission, and the weather was cooperating, making it all the more important for me to Get. It. Done.  more

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Racing the Great Course at Long Beach
January 7, 2013
Unwittingly, I was about to bookend my trip with a final race in Long Beach, having started the trip by racing at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philly.  more

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Newport Beach: I Shall Return
December 27, 2012
Southern California is really weird. Okay, maybe it’s just that I’m a Bostonian, with New England Yankee roots going back hundreds of years. But I think that the combination of all that perfect weather and all that money makes for a rather lost culture.  more

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Back in SoCal
December 20, 2012
I spent the next few days in Oakland, resting, recuperating, doing laundry, and trying to figure out my next move. My stated goal of this trip was to go to Seattle, a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I have lots of rowing friends there, and I wanted to see one of the great cities – and rowing cities – in the country.  more

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The Epic Ocean Row
December 17, 2012
“You MUST row in the bay out of Sausalito Rowing Center – you can row under the Golden Gate Bridge!!” Well, that was all I needed to hear.  more

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
December 17, 2012
This trip has taken a physical toll on me, for sure. I still haven’t shaken the Cough From Hell that I picked up somewhere between New Orleans and San Antonio, and eating almost every meal from a restaurant hasn’t done my body much good either. Plus all the driving, but I wouldn’t change any of it for all the tea in China.  more

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California Coast - Part I
December 3, 2012
Driving up the California coast was a big part of me wanting to do this, and I am still blown away by what I saw.  more

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California Coast - Part II
December 3, 2012
My friend Randy called me and urged me to take it slow and soak it in, which was good advice and easy to follow  more

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Hanging with Xeno in Hollywood
November 27, 2012
After arriving in California, I made my way to the Newport Aquatic Center, having received a welcoming message on Facebook from the legendary Xeno Muller.  more

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Coughing My Way to California
November 21, 2012
In which John does "manage to get my sick, sorry a55 up to Austin to row."  more

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Boat on the Bayou
November 13, 2012
I definitely made a geographic leap yesterday, crossing the wide Mississippi and arriving in New Orleans.  more

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Destination: Destin
November 9, 2012
Speed traps, underwater burrs, pelicans, and rooms with a view - how's the camping going?  more

Excerpt three of John Tracey's road trip across the country with his single.  more

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From Philly to Nashville
November 3, 2012
In which John tours Nashville, and takes a row on Johnny Cash's lake.  more

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Contemplating An Epic Journey
October 29, 2012
John Tracey sets off to cross the country with a single and a song.  more

A recounting, from the umpire's launch, of the epic 2012 Peabody Cup Final between Phillips Exeter and Mt St Joseph.  more

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Nights before a Championship…
May 25, 2012
Anyone who has ever participated in a sport knows the feeling..the pre-competition nerves that take over on the eve of competition.  more

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