Time to Grow a Mo!

This is the 4,000th article on HTBS!

Two professionals and their mos – American Charles Courtney (l) and Canadian Ned Hanlan (r).

6 November 2021

By Göran R Buckhorn

Time to Groom and Grow a Mo.

November is Movember when we all should celebrate the moustache, the “mo”. This is an annual event not only to grow a mo, but to raise awareness of men’s health issues. A special organisation, the Movember Foundation (see www.movember.com), has raised $837 million since 2003 and funded 1,200 projects in more than 20 countries, according to the entry “Movember” on Wikipedia. Movember started in Australia, where a group of men came up with the idea already in 1999, in a pub, of course.

HTBS has tried to raise awareness about the Mo-Movement a few times over the years by publishing some images of some handsome rowing chaps and their mos.

Here are some elegant rowing mos…

Jacob Gill “Jake” Gaudaur – Canadian professional world champion sculler.
Charles R. ‘Wag’ Harding – English professional sculling champion of England.
Ernest Barry – Doggett’s winner in 1903 and then professional world sculling champion.
Saint-George Ashe – British Olympic bronze medallist in the single sculls in 1900.
Harry Blackstaffe – British Olympic gold medallist in the single sculls in 1908.
Stanley “Muttle” Muttlebury – famous Cambridge oarsman and coach.
Rudie Lehmann – Cambridge rower, Oxbridge coach, journalist, poet, author, politician.
Gaston Delaplane – French rower who took gold, silver and bronze in rowing at the 1906 Intercalated Games in 1906. Between 1906 and 1911, he took 11 medals at the European Rowing Championships.
Don Burnell – four-time winner of the Boat Race for Oxford, 1895, 1896, 1897 and 1898. Olympic champion in the eights in 1908.
Gully Nickalls (l) and his father Guy – Guy was an outspoken Oxford oarsman, winner of several trophies at Henley, Olympic champion in the eights in 1908, coach at Yale, “Their paddling is bad, their rowing, worse” (said about his 1916 Yale crew). Gully was an Oxford rower, twice Olympic silver medallist in the eights in 1920 and 1928.
Con Cherry – Oxford Blue in 1936, 1937 and 1938. For the 1936 Boat Race, Cherry was presented in a newsreel by the OUBC president Bernard Sciortino in the following way: “This is ‘Con’ Cherry, No. 5. He’s commonly called The Mayor of Leander on the account of his sombre dignity. He also has a very fine moustache.” Cherry rowed in the British eight at the Olympic Games in Berlin, placing fourth.
Jock Lewes – Oxford Blue in 1936. He was elected president for OUBC for the 1937 race, but a few weeks before Boat Race Day, he took himself out of the crew and watched how the Dark Blues won the race from the launch, breaking Cambridge 13 years winning streak. Lewes was one of the founders of SAS (Special Air Service) during WWII.
Larry Gluckman – Famous American oarsman, bronze medallist in the eights at the 1967 European Championships in Vichy. He also rowed at the European Championships in 1973. He was a very successful coach.
Bill Miller – American Olympic oarsman, coach, rowing historian and collector. He is an NRF board member and Chair of the National Rowing Hall of Fame ® Selection Committee.
Unknown gentleman in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) crew’s blazer and boater at the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta.

It has become a tradition that I end these Movember articles on HTBS by quoting myself from an older entry from HTBS. There I wrote:

Although, I wholeheartedly support a campaign like this, my dear wife, Mrs. B., made it clear already when we dated […] in the mid-1990s that our relationship would never last if I grow a moustache, or any other facial hair. Then, on top of that, a couple of years ago, our cute children could not stop laughing when I showed them my old Swedish driver’s license from the beginning of the 1980s, showing me with my elegant ‘Mo’.

But to you who are allowed: Grow and Groom!


  1. I say! What a milestone,well done and congtratultions. As to the call for moustaches, regrettably my own missus sided with Mrs B. already in the early 90s.

    • Dear Kjell, thank you for the congrats. Regarding the lack of our mos in the 1990s – ahh, the things we do for our dear wives.

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