Rowing Quotes
  • Jim Dietz - Coach University of Massachusetts

    Rowing is a sport for dreamers. As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream.

    Jim Dietz - Coach University of Massachusetts
  • David H. Vogel - Yale Coach 1967 -2003

    One of the old coaches put it that long after people have lost their fascination with games rowing would still be around because it’s very visceral; it’s simply, ‘Are you willing to push yourself closer to death than the next guy just for the sheer ability to say that you won.

    David H. Vogel - Yale Coach 1967 -2003
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Harry Parker - Harvard Coach 1961 - 2013

    Because rowing is 99.9% percent amateur activity and because there’s very, very little personal recognition or publicity it certainly takes people who are satisfied with the effort itself – with the rewards of doing it.

    Harry Parker - Harvard Coach 1961 - 2013
  • Jon Eric VanAmringe, Yale 1970 & Head Coach 1973-1976

    Don’t worry guys — you’ll pass out before you die.

    Jon Eric VanAmringe, Yale 1970 & Head Coach 1973-1976
  • Joe Blasko, Novice Coach - Saint Ignatius HS (Cleveland) 1996-97

     …Reflect on your experiences and accomplishments. Remember the dedication, the pain, the jubilation, the camaraderie — your family. Remember the feel of the oar in your hand, the swing, the perfect catch, the pull, the drive and the run of the boat beneath you. But most importantly, never forget that the glory is not in you or any individual. Instead, remember that the glory is always in the team.

    Joe Blasko, Novice Coach - Saint Ignatius HS (Cleveland) 1996-97
  • Dan Topolski, Oxford men's blues 1973 - 1987

     Anyone who has not rowed in a really close boatrace cannot comprehend the level of pain.

    Dan Topolski, Oxford men's blues 1973 - 1987
  • Jim Dietz, coach University of Massachusetts

     If you want to know why you didn’t make a boat — I’ll tell you. You’re just out there hammering the water. You’re killing fish, not rowing.

    Jim Dietz, coach University of Massachusetts
  • Maurizio Tinnirello - Bogota Rowing Director

     Just as a rowing stroke leaves a puddle in the water, yet even if it disappears we know it was there, we know it made history; and so the values of rowing, like this puddle, must always be in our hearts, but like a rowing stroke they require a relentless aim for perfection and self-fulfillment, both in and outside the boat. The values of hard work and selflessness, are to be practiced relentlessly. Rowers apply this to their lives, and so if you are successful at rowing, you are likely to be a successful, and honourable person in life. By aiming to be a great oarsman or woman, one becomes a great human being.

    Maurizio Tinnirello - Bogota Rowing Director
  • Jim Dietz - Coach University of Massachusetts

    Rowing is a sport for dreamers. As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream.

    Jim Dietz - Coach University of Massachusetts
  • David H. Vogel - Yale Coach 1967 -2003

    One of the old coaches put it that long after people have lost their fascination with games rowing would still be around because it’s very visceral; it’s simply, ‘Are you willing to push yourself closer to death than the next guy just for the sheer ability to say that you won.

    David H. Vogel - Yale Coach 1967 -2003
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Harry Parker - Harvard Coach 1961 - 2013

    Because rowing is 99.9% percent amateur activity and because there’s very, very little personal recognition or publicity it certainly takes people who are satisfied with the effort itself – with the rewards of doing it.

    Harry Parker - Harvard Coach 1961 - 2013
  • Jon Eric VanAmringe, Yale 1970 & Head Coach 1973-1976

    Don’t worry guys — you’ll pass out before you die.

    Jon Eric VanAmringe, Yale 1970 & Head Coach 1973-1976
  • Joe Blasko, Novice Coach - Saint Ignatius HS (Cleveland) 1996-97

     …Reflect on your experiences and accomplishments. Remember the dedication, the pain, the jubilation, the camaraderie — your family. Remember the feel of the oar in your hand, the swing, the perfect catch, the pull, the drive and the run of the boat beneath you. But most importantly, never forget that the glory is not in you or any individual. Instead, remember that the glory is always in the team.

    Joe Blasko, Novice Coach - Saint Ignatius HS (Cleveland) 1996-97
  • Dan Topolski, Oxford men's blues 1973 - 1987

     Anyone who has not rowed in a really close boatrace cannot comprehend the level of pain.

    Dan Topolski, Oxford men's blues 1973 - 1987
  • Jim Dietz, coach University of Massachusetts

     If you want to know why you didn’t make a boat — I’ll tell you. You’re just out there hammering the water. You’re killing fish, not rowing.

    Jim Dietz, coach University of Massachusetts
  • Maurizio Tinnirello - Bogota Rowing Director

     Just as a rowing stroke leaves a puddle in the water, yet even if it disappears we know it was there, we know it made history; and so the values of rowing, like this puddle, must always be in our hearts, but like a rowing stroke they require a relentless aim for perfection and self-fulfillment, both in and outside the boat. The values of hard work and selflessness, are to be practiced relentlessly. Rowers apply this to their lives, and so if you are successful at rowing, you are likely to be a successful, and honourable person in life. By aiming to be a great oarsman or woman, one becomes a great human being.

    Maurizio Tinnirello - Bogota Rowing Director
BOGOTA ROWING

LEARN TO ROW

I was never an athlete before I came to rowing. I had tried field sports in many iterations, but had always failed to maintain interest in them, partly because I was relatively slow and uncoordinated on land. I had even tried swimming, but the regular immersion in cold, chlorinated water was unappealing, and I hated wearing those rubber caps over my hair. Then I discovered a sport which I could perform while sitting down and moving in a track, where I found I could synchronise my movements more effectively…a sport that took place not in, but ON the water, in beautifully-crafted shells that glided like birds over natural lakes and rivers…a sport that demanded that I push myself beyond the limits of exhaustion not for a participation trophy or even the glory of a gold medal, but because there were other people depending on me. This was a high that I could not resist. This was a sport that I could dedicate myself to without question, hesitation, or regret.

Danielle Costa – Head Coach.

WE ARE BOGOTA

First you create the dream, then the plan, then the individuals, then turn them into teams, then they bond, then they win and create a stronger bond, then the magic, and they become a family. Job done, now read the paper, rest and start to coach the coaches. And expand the group again!

Peter Haining – 3 time world champion single scull

Bogotá Rowing