Boathouse Row: Waves of Change


“In an excerpt from her new book, Boathouse Row: Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing, Dotty Brown, reveals what motivated these men, so hungry for gold.”

“For more than 175 years, Boathouse Row has been a cradle of competition, a place where people develop a passion for one of the most physically demanding sports. This month’s Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is a measure of the explosion of enthusiasm for rowing.

More than 8,000 oarsmen and oarswomen from more than two dozen states and about 10 countries will compete Oct. 29 and 30 in one of the largest and most inclusive rowing events in the country. Such fervor also drove a motley crew to train here 50 years ago in long-shot hopes of Olympic glory.

In an excerpt from her new book, “Boathouse Row: Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing,” Dotty Brown, reveals what motivated these men, so hungry for gold.”

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