Regatta: A Celebration of Oarsmanship

Benjamin Ivry, Author, Stephen Kiesling, Introduction by Simon & Schuster $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-64711-7
Readers whose knowledge of rowing is minimal or nil will find this book a sparkling introduction to a sport that has been described as ``elite but not elitist.'' Oarsmen and -women will find it irresistible. Rowing technique has changed very litle since the days of galley slaves, notes poet Ivry as he reviews the sport's history. Rowing emerged as a competitive sport in England more than 300 years ago, and rapidly acquired a popular following; it abounds in ritual, tradition and esthetics. Ivry discourses on solitary rowing (sculling), teamwork, coxes and coaches, introducing many of the top competitors. He tells us about rowing clubs and boathouses and takes us to famous regattas, concluding this excursion with a discussion of equipment. The text is enhanced by spectacular color photographs. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
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