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The Fellowship of the Skiffs

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

We find ourselves in what we now call our safe house or the HQ in Minneapolis. Initially, it was just me, Charlie and Graeme, (Mulk the Hulk). We rented a 6 bed house in Woodbury, a suburb of St Paul (a beautiful city, unquestionably made more beautiful after the name change in the early 1800′s, before which it was known by the unromantic name, Pig’s Eye). Tranquility, excitement,...

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Heroes No.3 – Paddy Broughton

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

It was 1984, and I was in a meeting room at one of the more beautiful Cambridge colleges with a large group of oarsmen, gathered to hear the plans for the assault on Oxford and the Boat Race in spring 1985. There were coaches, boatmen and several old faces from the previous year’s campaign. There were also several new faces on top of a variety of bodies for us old lags to assess. One of...

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One Week To Go

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014

It is like waiting on a station, waiting for a train that you know is due eventually. Maybe you have a while to wait and so you use the time as effectively as you can, all the time glancing down the platform to check for the arrival. And then, after what seems an age, the train roars along the track and it is very suddenly here. I am writing this sitting on a Delta airlines flight to...

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Heroes – Graeme Mulcahy (Mulk the Hulk)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

Hard to know where to start without this becoming a nauseating encomium of praise. What the hell – a paean it shall be.I have known Graeme since I was 11 years old and he was my biology teacher at St Clement Danes School and I was an unteachable, gobby teenager. I do not recall him ever despairing – I doubt much that he really noticed me – but he did whack me with the spine of...

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Three Long Days

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

There is no question that the pressure is building. Last week, I scheduled three consecutive 30 mile rows from just above Oxford back to the Skiff Club in Teddington (our base for training and coaching over the last year). To accompany me, I had Jerry Rees on Wednesday, then two boats on Thursday and Friday. Jeff Hughes, Sarkis Zeronian and Richard Stow on Thursday and James Whitworth, Mike...

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