Build up to R2AK and The Seventy48 2018!

For those of you who may not be aware, every year a group of truly exceptional (and arguably slightly crazy) boating enthusiasts make their way from Port Townsend WA to Ketchikan AK via Victoria B.C. using only wind and/or human power – ie. No engines allowed! This incredible challenge is called the Race to Alaska [...]

What to Wear Rowing

Just like any activity, rowing is better if you’re properly dressed for it, and for the conditions you’ll be rowing in. Obviously, you’ll wear more clothes in cooler weather, and less in the warmer weather. In consideration of the weather, here are a few tips you can follow: Clothes (Upper Half & Lower Half) In [...]

History of the Whitehall Rowboat Part III

Moving ahead to the present day, the growing interest in fitness and clean, pollution free, outdoor recreation has created a growing resurgence of interest in Whitehall rowboats that are built lightweight, in state of the art materials, and fitted with efficient slide seat rowing/sculling gear. The largest builder of Whitehall rowboats in the word is [...]

History of the Whitehall Rowboat Part II

Captain Smith, born in Boston in 1869, tells us in a 1943 ‘Rudder’ magazine article, the story of a deep water boarding house owner and ships pilot named Captain Alfred Sorenson. “This man usually got what he went after, whether he was in quest of sailors for his boarding-house or to pluck a fellow being [...]

History of the Whitehall Rowboat Part I

Mystery surrounds the origins of the Whitehall rowboat. Early history of this distinctive, elegant, practical rowboat remains unclear. One thing for certain, in earlier times boat builders were often sailors and seafarers. Taught to be conservative by the unpredictable, dangerous nature of the sea, they stuck with the tried and true. As certain desirable qualities [...]

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