Author/Historian Returns to His First Love: Coaching Crew


My name is Peter Mallory, and I recently spent seven years researching a four-volume, 2,500-page celebration of rowing as sport, and now the book is complete and in the hands of readers worldwide.

Accordingly, I have returned to my first love, and that is coaching crew.

Has the experience of writing The Sport of Rowing changed the way I approach the rowing stroke? Not really . . . but it has strengthened my confidence, since the technique that I independently developed over more than fifty years of trial and error turns out to be the technique that has earned something over 90% of the World and Olympic Medals over the last century and more. I find myself in august company.

In January of 2013, I became the Men’s Head Rowing Coach at Loyola Marymount University on the westside of Los Angeles, California, and in just over three months with a tiny squad of willing but inexperienced athletes we managed to produce one Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship along with strong finalists in three other events.

One year later, the tally was two more Western Championships and two Silver-Medal crews out of four entries, netting us the Team Efficiency Trophy as well.

Whether you are interested in me as an author/historian or as a mentor/consultant/coach, this award-winning website is intended for you. There is a gallery of historic photos along with excerpts and international reviews of The Sport of Rowing, an archive of all my blogs, as well as information about me and about LMU. Enjoy!

The Publishing Event of 2011 Has Become the Precious Possesion of Today!

The Sport of Rowing contains wonderful stories, anecdotes and compelling tales, some told for the very first time, as well as photos and images from historic films, many long forgotten, along with the words of athletes and coaches who have made rowing history. The book also addresses how the great historic boats actually rowed. This subject has never before been fully explored.

The limited collector edition, four cloth-bound volumes in a slip case, the illustrations in full color, consecutively numbered, signed and dedicated by me, went on sale to the public on Wednesday, April 6, exclusively at www.row2k.com/rowingmall/, and it sold out in one week's time! Many thanks. Each purchaser has been listed in both editions of the book, and these collector editions have now reached their new homes.

The four-volume soft cover standard edition, same format, same content, same full color illustrations, has now also sold out in North America. I am profoundly grateful to our exclusive U.S. internet sales site: www.row2k.com. A limited number of standard editions remain for sale to visitors to Richard Way Booksellers (Contact Diana at waybooks@btconnect.com.) and to our publisher,the River & Rowing Museum (http://rrm.co.uk/), both in Henley-on-Thames, England, as well as on the British Rowperfect Website (www.rowperfect.co.uk). The price is 150 British pounds, and then if you live outside of the United Kingdom you also have to get it shipped, and that can be expensive since the sets are so bulky and heavy.

A Few Collector Sets of The Sport of Rowing Still Available!

I am pleased to officially announce that while there are no more standard sets left in America, there are indeed still available a very few of the rare collector editions initially held back by the publisher. Starting this month, the American Friends of River & Rowing Museum in Henley, England, will release each of nine collector sets in return for a minimum U.S. tax-deductible charitable contribution of $5,000. They will go on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested, you may contact me directly at pmallory@rowingevolution.com.

Remember, there were only 300 collector editions printed, and there will never be another printing. Each hardbound set in its slipcase is consecutively numbered, signed and will be personally dedicated to you by me. Not a penny of your charitable contribution will go to me but rather to support the good works of the River & Rowing Museum, the happiest place in the happiest town on Earth.

Several collector sets have already been presented by me and the museum to individuals who have donated $5,000 or more. I can say with conviction that this book would never have become a reality without the enormous generosity of individuals around the World and especially in the American rowing community. For this we are very grateful.

Now, I wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking just about now, “How on God’s Green Earth could one set of books, no matter how long and how good, be worth $5,000 to me?” That’s a very good question. For an answer, I encourage you to click on the Reviews tab on the orange menu above on this web page. I will let a few of the greats in the world rowing community who already have their sets speak on behalf of The Sport of Rowing.

If you are interested in keeping informed as any future plans are put into action, please click here and sign up for our newsletter / blog. I was silent for a few months in 2011 as I pushed to complete the manuscript, but now that all the copies have been sold and shipped I will continue to blog as I discover new ways to give back to the world rowing community that has been my family for 53 years. You will find all my blogs archived on this website.

Also, friend me on Facebook. You will find some great photos from my rowing and coaching career.

Since August 2006, excerpts from this book have been available on www.row2k.com. More recently, additional excerpts have begun appearing on other websites in Italy, Britain and the U.S.

Here are some of the links:

You may be interested to know that only around 10% of the final four-volume 2,500 page book has ever appeared on the internet. I encourage you to visit these websites often and respond back to me with comments, additions, corrections, agreements, disagreements, additional anecdotes, whatever strikes you. I will answer every email. My book contains the words of the rowing community more than my own, and that is how it should be.

For seven years I gave anyone and everyone around the world: athletes, coaches and members of the rowing community, the opportunity to review what I have written and offer comments, corrections, suggestions, agreements, disagreements, alternative explanations and opinions, etc., and now both editions are in the hands of readers. This has been a community project, and I really appreciate everyone's participation and patience.

History is the collective memory of a culture. They say there's nothing new under the sun, and that's especially true in the great sport of rowing. The very same questions we ask today were already being asked and answered before 1830! There is so much wisdom and passion bound up in the hopes and dreams, the accomplishments and failures of the brave men and women who have pulled oars for recreation or sport since the 1700s. They form our collective rowing heritage. I am so honored to have written this new compendium to tell their stories before they are entirely lost in the fog of passing time.