video here in which Olympic silver medalist John Pritchard demonstrates how to scull with style. Lead with the left, tuck your right hand in underneath, click the handles over with your fingers to feather, repeat. Lovely.
So hypnotic that I really wasn't listening to his message, so I had to replay it to find out that later this year he is going to row a boat just like that ALL THE WAY down the Mississippi River. 2,500 miles in 25/30 mile legs. It will take him three months or more.
Two new skiffs are being built at Stanley and Thomas in Windsor, where the oars are also being made by their subsidiary J. Sutton.
Pritchard was in the eight that won silver in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, and gained a silver at the World Rowing Championships in Munich the following year.
The aim of the Mississippi row is to raise $1 million for the charity Right to Play, which helps children in deprived and war-ravaged areas of the world thrive through sport. It is a thoroughly good cause and you can sponsor it here.