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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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