HTBS Turns 7

12 March 2016

HTBS editor Göran R Buckhorn writes:

Today, ‘Hear The Boat Sing’ (HTBS) is celebrating seven years, in a way an amazing achievement, if I may say so myself. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the website’s eight-member strong team of writers, other contributors and, of course, all you readers who, I have learned, ‘log on’ every day to read what we have to share with the rowing world.

For the website’s seventh birthday, HTBS’s IT Group (read: Mrs B. and Miss B., cheered on by young Master B.) and I have made a short trailer for this anniversary.

We hope you will enjoy it!

And keep reading HTBS!


  1. Hello Buckhorns, young and old . Congratulations on the seventh birthday of your truly fascinating website. Whenever the initials HTBS appear in my inbox, they are a must go to and I am rarely disappointed.( Though, to be honest , some of the poetry leaves me a tad under whelmed but that is the Philistine in me. )The tales of past glories , from races won and lost to boats built or restored are a joy to read. The YouTube video is a work of art on its own. Thank you all , very much. Lionel Bailey,Shanklin, Isle of Wight, U.K.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Hi HTBS A great picture of Ladies with ‘Old Oars’! The buttons on the leathers indicate these were obviously used on a fixed pin boat, no doubt you know where the picture came from? Keep up the great work Malcolm

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  3. Malcolm,

    The picture is from the Women’s Amateur Rowing Association Regatta at Putney in 1931. HTBS first reproduced it here:

    The men in the picture are ‘Bossie’ Phelps, coach and boat builder and one of the famous Putney riverside family, and Jack Beresford Jnr, the greatest British oarsman of the pre-Redgrave era. Amazingly, this exact shot is also on cine film at 30 seconds into this great British Pathé newsreel:


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