Among the most interesting bribes offered to the HOCR office this year: a lovely Irish salmon. Who knew'
Amy Sun is coxing again for Peking University's Collegiate Men's Eight wearing a wet suit. The Chinese crew will be racing in a Wintech this year.
Bulldog Men's Masters Eight rowers are doing their annual weekly 5k comparison -- the winner gets one beer.
Chaminade High School brought an armada to the Charles River this past Sunday. With bow #1 in the HOCR's Youth Men's Eights, it's unlikely they'll encounter as much traffic during their race as they did this past weekend.
Cornell better be hammering on all ten (10) toes during the Men's Champion Eight event, as the US Men's second eight is starting directly behind them (11).
Former Lightweight US National Team member, Barb Byrne, is due to have a baby any day now. Her husband, Al Stefan in the Old Lights Masters Men's Eight, said if his wife is not in labor by this Friday night, he is rowing in the Regatta despite the contractions.
Gentle Giant Rowing Club has been seat-racing up until Sunday 10/14 trying to determine if they should go with a 7-foot rower or someone who's green.
Georgetown University's top varsity coxswain was seen in a Riverside Boat Club shell, steering the Charles River course for the first time. He was singing "Like a Virgin."
In the Lightweight Men's Eights, NY Athletic Club (#2) will be sandwiched between the Canadian national team (#1) and the 2007 World Champion Dutch (#3)! Good thing they won't be having lunch beforehand.
Mason Cox is a made-up name.
Michelle Guerette has been seen living in her single as she's been doing the HOCR course nearly every afternoon for the past month. Day after day after day.
No fewer than 3 alumni boats -- 2 of which are in the Club Eight events -- are rumored to have actually practiced this past weekend. The show-and-row ethic lives on!
Overheard from a member of a Grand Masters Eight: "My goal is to get through the race without wondering if I will need a hospital stay."
Riverside Boat Club has two entries in the Championship Women's Double event; both are vying for the venerated bottom 5% of this world-class event.
Rude and Smoother Rick Smith's phrase for pre-dawn launch time has come into use once again these past few shorter days: "the crack of dark."
Saint Anthony's High School drove all the way from Long Island NY to Boston this past weekend specifically to practice (repeatedly!) the turn at the Eliot Bridge. It's anticipated they'll be down to port the first 2/3rds of the course.
Six middle-aged men from Cambridge Boat Club were sighted collectively checking every square inch of their new Resolute eight early this week. It's shiny.
Still beaming one whole year after being part of Team Attager gold medal row in the 2006 Senior Masters Men's Eight event, HOCR Executive Director Fred Schoch is giving the course another whirl this year in the Champion Men's Singles event.
The German national team was rumored to be rowing in this year's HOCR -- they didn't fill out their online waivers on time and were consequently disqualified.
The reigning HOCR Champion Men's Single, Santiago Fernandez of Argentina and his formidable New Zealand competitor Mahe Drysdale arrived in town on Tuesday. They were seen shopping together on Newbury Street.
The Senior Masters Men's Eight event has gone international as Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, and Italy will be joining the "old school" US.
There was an unusual request for the HOCR office: a quad asked for a low bow number. They were given 666.
Trinity College was spotted trying to fit 3 Empacher eights side-by-side on the Charles. One of the men's eights blew the Eliot turn. Go figure.
Yale's alumni men's eight, C'est Blue Cheese, who's average age is late 20's is looking to turn around their two-year losing streak against the formidable Cambridge Boat Club -- who's average age is in their 50s'. And that's not a rumor.