Ready, Row! USA

Ready, Row! USA

At Ready, Row! USA, we believe that "life imitates rowing" and rowing changes lives. We are on a mission to connect and collaborate with the rowing community – from boathouses, to masters, beginners, legends, vendors – and you! Our audience gets personal attention to questions, comments, and episode suggestions. You are welcome to join us on a livestream, or jump in on the conversation thread on any of our episodes - they're "evergreen!"


October 6, 2022 31 min

The team of four—Christal Clashing, Elvira Bell, Kevinia Francis and Samara Emmanuel—will compete in the inaugural Pacific Challenge in 2023. Atlantic Campaigns, the official race organizers of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, is also organizing this initiative. The Pacific Challenge is a 2,800 nautical mile race from Monterey Bay in California to Nawiliwili Harbor in Kauai, Hawaii. The challenge begins on June 12, 2023.

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“I hope to pursue my passion for rowing for the rest of my days,” says Kline, “and I am incredibly grateful for the many life lessons that this beautiful sport has taught me.”

In this episode, we meet Kirsten Kline, the 2021 World Indoor Rowing champion and a Concept 2 World Record Holder. Kline is a 33-year old Alabama native who currently resides in Houston, TX where she works in the O&G industry. She is also a recovering alco...

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Catch the video replay or listen here to meet Jen Fitz-Roy – elite PR1 adaptive rower, mentor to disabled youth, and fierce advocate for inclusion and disability rights. And now Jen’s on her way to compete for the US National Team in the World Rowing Championships! Jen is a graduate of Boston College and learned to row in CRI’s para program. She now manages the club’s Para and Military Programs.

Since Jen's single sculling boat ...

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It’s that time of year again (a little earlier this year to give you a “heads” up!), when the legendary Jim Dietz and Mark Wilson, founders of All-American Rowing Camp reveal secret strategies, tell fun stories, and inspire you to participate in the great Fall Head races across the US.

They’ll touch on regattas like the Charles, the Fish, the Ohio, the Lake, the Dog, the Schuylkill, the Music, the Hooch, the South, the Colorado, the...

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Launched in 2021, the new Waco Rowing Center features a course stretching from the historic bridges of downtown Waco to the picturesque bluffs of Cameron Park.

But wait! Not content to “simply” launch a rowing center, Walton & Scheuritzel decided this was the year to kick off the next great North American fall head race, the first annual 5K Waco Rowing Regatta, on Sunday November 6th, 2022.

Waco Nov. 6 Regatta info & Registra...
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Kerry Kingdon went from ultra marathoner to being told she could no longer run. After eventually being diagnosed with POTS and IST, she received treatment that made her feel ready for competition again. She took a position as adaptive coach at Bair Island Aquatic Center, where she runs an adaptive erg class and rows. Kerry won gold at Indoor National Championships in 2022, 2021, and 2019, Silver at Masters’ Nationals in 2018 and Cr...

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Today, we're talking with Jonathan A. Wright, writer known to his friends as "our local renaissance guy.” Wright is a craftsman and green-building designer. He is the founder of Wright Builders, a firm based in Northampton, MA and known for innovative green design and precise execution.

Jonathan is the author of two volumes of poetry, “After the Rain” and “Coming to Quiet.” He writes, coaches, and rows out of Northampton on ...

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 Join us on this Club Spotlight livestream with Olympic rower & coach Jim Dietz as we discuss the development of his eponymous new Rowing Center in Stonington, CT, scheduled to open in 2024. Livestream 6/22 11am ET on our website; click through for replay & podcast distribution links.

Joining the conversation will be John Thornell, head of Stonington Community Rowing and girls head coach @stoningtoncrew, who has been wor...

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As eager new rowers get set to try the sport on National Learn-To-Row Day June 4, Ready, Row! USA takes a look at how boathouses & rowing programs can create successful events and transform these new enthusiasts into long-term rowers and sustaining members.

Boathouses and rowing programs are gearing up for USRowing’s Learn-to-Row Day on Saturday, June 4. Individual clubs have their own schedules for Learn-to-Row (LTR) programs a...

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Get away and make some memories this summer & fall!  Our experts will give you last-minute inspiration for memorable rowing adventure travel in 2022. 

Listen on your podcast app or watch the replay for some last-minute planning secrets & strategies from seasoned guides & travelers Ruth Marr CEO of Rowing the World and Mark Wilson, co-founder of All-American Rowing Camp.

Ruth & Mark will focus on 1) last-minute travel ...

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April 21, 2022 21 min
 This Club Spotlight Pop-Up focuses on the innovations & community connections that are part of the DNA at the new Tacoma Rowing Club. Our guest Dave Harvey, coaches and is a founder of the club.

“In the shadow of Mount Tahoma, we strive to be a program that truly reflects the diversity and strength of our community.” – Tacoma Rowing website.

Tacoma Rowing’s coach & founder Dave Harvey join us on this livestream “pop-up” to b...

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 First in a series on Adaptive Tech for Rowing - send us your ideas!

We first met Bob Berry, inventor of The Remote Coxswain, in 2019, when he brought his relatively new invention to Community Rowing in Boston, for some testing and demonstrations. His adaptive rowing tool allows individuals who are visually impaired to participate in water activities that involve rowing - even single sculling!

Since then, Bob Berry's device has b...

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How do rower/artists express their perception, experience, and feeling for the sport in their work?

 We'll be exploring the intersection of art & athletics with this episode's guests: filmmaker and videographer Eamon Glavin; sculptor and printmaker Nancy Diessner; painter & photographer Susan Wood; and author Dan Boyne. All four are masters rowers ...

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In this episode, hosts Ryan Worth and Jason Cottingham talk with the intrepid athletes of Team "Foar From Home,"who have just completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, raising upwards of $1 million for K9s For Warriors, which trains service dogs for veteran PTSD treatment and suicide prevention.

EPISODE SPONSOR: The Wave Rowing Magazine - the free resource for all types of open-water and coastal rowers. Issue #10 fre...

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March 4, 2022 25 min

Every year in mid-December about 30 teams take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (#TWAC), considered the toughest rowing challenge in the world. Starting in La Gomera (Canary Islands) the course tracks over the Atlantic to Antigua (Caribbean) for a distance of 4,800 km over 30-75 days.

We talk with Jonathan Harrison, captain of "The Pacific Boys," the team of four Seattle men who first brought our attention to this ...

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March 2, 2022 23 min

In this series of "pop-up" livestreams, we're spotlighting some of the intrepid crews from the 2021-22 Atlantic Challenge, in the run-up to our March 8 Ocean Rowing episode.

Stuart Shepherd tells the story of "Wrekin Rowers." For 40+ days, Shepherd, along with Martin Skehan, Stuart Richards & Gary Richards, all in their 50's, rowed the 3000+ miles across the Atlantic Ocean to benefit two UK charit...

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March 2, 2022 22 min

Rowing. Across the Atlantic Ocean. No breaks. 70+ days. How in the world do people sign on for a project like this? 

Every year in mid-December about 30 teams of 1 to 5 do just that, and take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (#TWAC), considered the toughest rowing challenge in the world. Starting in La Gomera (Canary Islands) the course tracks over the Atlantic to Antigua (Caribbean) for a distance of 4,800 km over 30-7...

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This livestreamed on Feb. 15, 2PM Eastern Time! Click here to watch the video replay and post comments & questions!

The Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc. in Boston was founded to equip rowing coaches for excellence and leadership in coaching and in life. Today, we talk with CRI’s Senior Manager of Coaching Education, CB Sands-Bohrer, about the 2022 re-launch of this acclaimed program.

“Beyond the vast know...
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January 31, 2022 12 min

In our Ready, Row! USA “Pop-up Podcast” on Monday, Jan. 31, Zoe Vais from the George Pocock Rowing Foundation drops by to talk about their Camp Lucy program. Audio posted to podcast apps immediately after the livestream.

This new program of GPRF aims to empower confident, strong, healthy young women and share out the Pocock philosophy of “harmony, balance, and rhythm” for rowing and life.

Camp Lucy honors the legacy of Lucy Pocock, G...

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January 17, 2022 24 min

Board member Bobbi Kizer, DEI committee chair of the Spokane River Rowing Assn. joins us for our first Club Spotlight “Pop-Up Podcast” of 2022! During this discussion, we learn how the small but mighty Spokane River Rowing Association is baking access and inclusion into the DNA and mission of their club.

Spokane River Rowing Association is looking forward to its 19th year of operation in the upcoming 2022 season. SRRA provides mast...

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