"Rowing the World's Trickiest Waters" featured in Row 360

by eileen hansen

Not too long ago, well, okay, a good while ago, I wrote feature articles for national magazines and newspapers, from the LA Times to the SF Chronicle to Sports Illustrated. I gave it up for a more lucrative (ha!) career in copywriting.

I still miss my long-form storytelling days and while this blog has helped fulfill some of that yearning, I wanted to dip my toes back into the journalism world. So I did. And fortunately, I was able to get a story into Row 360, a magazine out of the UK that covers the international rowing world.

If you haven't checked out this magazine, do so. It's truly gorgeous with great photography and articles, and a layout that does justice to our beautiful sport.

If you have a minute, take a look at the article and let me know what you think. By the way, I was lucky to partner with my husband Jay Graham, a gifted photographer, on this article. He took the shots of Stefan and me rowing; the other shots you'll recognize from this blog. 

To read the article, click 'open publication,' and then click the magnifying glass icon to make the print legible. 


The Really Big Picture

by eileen hansen

I left my camera at home by mistake this morning – along with my rowing gloves – and gave myself a thorough mental beating as I drove bleary-eyed to the boathouse. It was promising to be one of those incredibly beautiful September sunrises. Damn!

Relax, I told myself. Just row. Be in the moment instead of recording the moment. What a concept.  

When I arrived, I found Stefan adjusting the new rig he'd built to attach his GoPro camera to the oarlock. So much for my unplugged, Zen row.  

Turns out that Stefan wasn't the only paparazzi on the bay. My husband Jay was out doing some dawn photography on and around the Golden Gate when he shot the video above of Stefan and me rowing beneath the bridge.  

Take a look. See that tiny dot – that's Stefan and me rowing along as a seagull soars overhead and the commute traffic roars by on the bridge. The video is super short, maybe 30 seconds. Hang with it and watch as Jay pans out to show the bridge, Cavallo Point, and Angel Island in the distance.  

My friend and fellow rower Kellee Adams saw the video and sums it up best: "How big it is to be so small way out there."

I couldn't have said it better. It fills my soul, this rowing thing. Recorded or not.