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Crew (rerun) - Monday Musing, July 18, 2022

[I am on vacation this week, so this is a rerun of a previous Monday Musing]

Dear Church,

Crew. For the sports minded, the term crew is a familiar one. Rowing or crew is the sport of racing boats using oars. It differs from paddling sports in that rowing oars are attached to the boat using oarlocks, while paddles are not connected to the boat. Rowing is divided into two disciplines – sculling and sweep rowing – but only the sports aficionado would know the difference (or be interested). Much like all sports, there are many terms used exclusively for rowing (an insider language so the amateur stands out and endures the smirks of the professional rower!).

The Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR), first organized in