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Product Details

  • Series: Essential
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558217096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558217096
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Essential Sculling is an authoritative, concise, and thoroughly readable handbook that focuses on helping anyone become an accomplished sculler. Here Daniel J. Boyne, offers the finest instruction - for men and women alike - on the art and skill of rowing, including: identifying and buying a well-made boat; beginner and advanced technique; boat-handling skills; drills for blending technique and power; training for competition; the mechanics of rigging; the value of camps and coaches; and much more.With clear descriptions, and illustrations throughout, Boyne teaches a healthy respect for both the tradition of sculling and the precise beauty of its execution. (6 X 9, 160 pages, b&w photos, diagrams)

About the Author

Daniel J. Boyne is director of recreational rowing at Harvard University. An avid freelance writer, his work has appeared in American Rowing, Boston Book Review, Harvard Magazine, and Wooden Boat.

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The drawings by Ellen Kennelly are also very helpful and well done.
david london
I have read & sold other books, but not this one, because it bears reading several times, like having a coach.
J. Wong
Fundamentals such as correct body posture are well stressed, on the water and in the book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By russell j gourlay on November 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a recent convert to the sport of sculling I have read most everything published to the point of obsession. This book does however stand head and shoulders above most. It is for the more cerebral sculler, dealing not just with technique, boats, races etc but the mental rigour and benefits that is undoubtably the attraction to most of us "Norman no mates" who prefer the intensity of a single scull. It has been read and read and read again and still has something fresh to offer. I want Daniel J Boynes job!! r. gourlay email:robert.ellis.survey@lineone.net
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Bustamante on September 12, 2000
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I started sculling this summer and bought "Essential Sculling" to get some tips. I found it so full of useful information that I refer to it almost every time I go out on the river, and always find something new to help me improve.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in sculling (or rowing of any sort, for that matter) and I expect my copy to be well-worn and dog-earred long before I run out of helpful hints to pull from the pages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Bustamante on September 12, 2000
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I started sculling this summer and bought "Essential Sculling" to get some tips. I found it so full of useful information that I refer to it almost every time I go out on the river, and always find something new to help me improve.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in sculling (or rowing of any sort, for that matter) and I expect my copy to be well-worn and dog-earred long before I run out of helpful hints to pull from the pages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rose Wood on June 8, 2000
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I have been searching for a new book about sculling for the past two years. Finally, Boyne has delivered a non-esoteric readable book which is easy to understand and a joy to read. I went out on the water today and was immediately able to test out some of his advice. While I don't expect to win the Head of the Charles next year, I am looking forward to a much smoother stroke.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Row on July 5, 2000
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Daniel J. Boyne's "Essential Sculling" is required reading for any rower -- beginner or advanced -- who is serious about sculling well and building upon success. This book offers a much needed, user-friendly and detailed program for cumulative excellence in the sport, as well as important information on rigging, equipment and cross-training. Boyne's presentation is engaging and informative, and his incorporate side-bars address many of the sport's cognate issues.
This is simply a book no sculler should be without.
Christopher D.H. Row, Ph.D. -- Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By david london on June 22, 2000
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Boyne writes clearly and succinctly on all aspects of sculling.
In a most illuminating way, he covers everything from the disciplines of form and motion (and mind) to the most technical matters regarding pitch, rigging and all manner of equipment. And yet this is not an intimidatingly thick tome. Nor does it feel like a manual. I see it as the Strunk & White of sculling--a pithy volume that answers all your questions and then some.
Boyne has a gift for explaining the nuts-n-bolts of rowing, but he is just as illuminating when addressing the more abstract and intangible aspects of the sport.
The drawings by Ellen Kennelly are also very helpful and well done.
I would reccommend this book to any level of sculler and any athlete.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2002
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I recently took up sculling and very much enjoyed this book. Honestly, I don't know if the book would be that beneficial to someone with years of experience, but from my point of view it was a great primer for training, and working on technique, etc.
I think for readers looking for some sort of Holy Grail...my guess there really isn't one. Just get out on the water and do it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. HAWKINS on August 24, 2004
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If you're only buying one book I'd recommend "The Sculler at Ease" by Frank Cunningham. Cunningham's book is more dated (with regard to equipment) and quirkier, but will teach you more about the sculling stroke.
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More About the Author

Daniel J. Boyne is the author of Kelly: A Father, a Son, an American Quest(Mystic), The Red Rose Crew: A True Story of Women, Winning and the Water (Hyperion/Lyons), and Essential Sculling (The Lyons Press). He has also written articles for The Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Magazine, Double Take, Wooden Boat, and Gray's Sporting Journal, among others. Most of his writing has concerned itself with the interplay between sport and society, and he has often focused on groups or individuals who have used sport as a means to change their social status.

He currently lives in Cambridge with his wife and daughter, and works at Harvard University.

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