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By pmallory - Posted on 20 June 2012

2 May 2012

Looking for oars in all the wrong places . . .

Please help. I am looking for several early 1970s-era Pocock sweep oars with Maçon shovel blades, clear plastic sleeves and adjustable plastic collars. Good condition would be nice, but I’m interested in any oars that are complete. Surely somebody has a pile of old oars behind their boathouse. If you do have some or know where I might find some, please contact me at Many thanks.

Individual Volumes

I still have a couple of copies each of individual Volumes I, III and IV of The Sport of Rowing. Each is more than 500 pages, and they are available for $100 each. Email me at the address above if you’re interested, and I will send you the link.

The Last Nine Collector Sets

Back in March, the River & Rowing Museum presented a collector edition of The Sport of Rowing to British Olympic Men’s Coach Jürgen Grobler at a special dinner. I was there to make the presentation. For those of you who wish to join enthusiasts from around the world and Olympic coaches from New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, China, Great Britain and the United States as proud owners, there remain exactly nine of the 300 individually numbered and dedicated collector editions still available. Each one will be released in return for a tax-deductible $5,000 charitable contribution to the American Friends of River & Rowing Museum. No more sets will ever be printed! This is your last chance to own this special piece of rowing history.

Go to, and click on Reviews to read what just a few current owners think of The Sport of Rowing. Some of the quotes are enough to make an author blush!

Think of your purchase as an investment. The Sport of Rowing is something you can enjoy and learn from for years to come and then pass down to your children. And the U.S. Government is offering to subsidize around half the purchase price. Proceeds go not to me but to support the good works of my publisher, the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames in England. They are the world’s premier custodian and conservator of rowing history. I encourage you to visit the museum this summer if you are lucky enough to attend the Henley Royal Regatta or the London Olympics.

1974 Long Beach State Reunion

There is an effort afoot to organize a 40th reunion of the 1974 Western Sprints Champion Long Beach State Lightweight Crew. We are looking for the following members: Bruce Banigan, Les Bell, Doug Corbett, Craig Dittenbir, Bob Dunlap, Ken Durham, Alex Fey, Wade the Blade Fulbright, Mike Harper, Don Henderson, Bob Latina, Jay Leffingwell, Fred Mayfield, Bruce Patton, Randy Piazza, Morton Prisament, Fred van der Capellan, Dave Wardle, Chuck Wright, Patricia Ann Hueser, Irene Moreno and Marsha Waer. If you know how to get hold of any of these individuals, please let me know at the email address above. Many thanks.