16 September 2016
Göran R Buckhorn writes:
Here is the truth: not only is my Dutch rusty, it is more or less non-existent. But in this case, it is irrelevant because when it comes to the beautiful 168-page book Helden op het Water, ‘Heroes on the Water’, which was published by Kanniball publisher in 2014, the photographs tell it all. This is a book about 150 years of Dutch rowing, with texts written by Leo van de Ruit, brilliant pictures from old archives showing Dutch heroes at Bosbaan, the Boat Race, Henley Royal Regatta, World Championships and the Olympic Games – there is a wonderful photograph of a smiling Bobby Pearce, the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic champion in the single sculls, surrounded by Dutch children – and recently taken stunning portraits in black and white of Dutch female and male medallists by photographer Stephan Vanfleteren.
For those interested in table of results, there are lists of all Dutch rowers who have won medals in the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships.
Johan ten Berg is behind the production for this coffee table book – and it is large, 11.5 in (29 cm) x 13.25 in (34 cm). Some readers might remember another one of ten Berg’s other book productions that we have written about on HTBS, Holland Beker, in 2011.
Everyone who has been involved in the making of the gorgeous Helden op het Water is to be congratulated. The book design and the paper quality are superb. The price is €39.95. Order your copy here.