When things go wrong remember the hindsight window. Ewa and I had a dreadful day getting to Budapest and into the accommodation we had booked. This is the story.
Chris Baldwin of Speaker Nation interviews Steve Walker of Ahoy-Boats during a visit to Amsterdam where Chris had delivered a keynote speech to the Axiom Chiropractor conference and Steve and his partner, Ewa Marcinkowska, had been invited as VIPs, having recently finished filming a documentary about rowing through Poland in a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic. Chris and Steve are both rowers. Chris has won the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Steve has won at the World Rowing Masters Regatta and has been teaching Ewa to scull this year. Watch Steve deliver some key messages.
Steve Walker visited Ewa Marcinkowska's home town in Poland, Gliwice, whilst preparing to make a documentary about rowing through Poland. Fake News was being created there on August 31st 1939, exactly 80 years ago, by Hitler, so as to justify the invasion of Poland on 1st Sept. It all went wrong but that didn't stop him publishing fake news and invading anyway. What remains, though is a triumph of German engineering.
Who takes a rowing boat to the Sidmouth Folk Festival? Steve Walker and Ewa Marcinkowska, that's who. The Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ is ideal for Lyme Bay, which is very exposed to any wind with south in it. But anything resembling a north westerly and it is lovely to row on.
Saturday at Henley Royal Regatta seen from the water by Steve Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska in a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ with a description of what happened in the RE-ROW OF THE CENTURY in 1989 by Ian Wilson, founder of NCRA, Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association. Add in the 150th anniversary of Grosvenor Rowing Club and others and you have a pretty perfect day.
I have to say that De Haan on the Belgian coast is the most delightful family holiday resort that I recollect ever visiting. It has every facility and the cleanest sandy beaches so it was a real pleasure to row on the sea there in our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/. I'd certainly recommend it. It's not far from Zeebrugge but usually when we arrive by sea at such a port we speed off towards Bruxelles and beyond. We don't realise what we miss.
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Steve Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska rowed in many locations on the River Wisła, River Vistula, in Poland during the production of a documentary about Poland in this anniversary year; 30 years since the first free elections in 1989 and 100 years since Poland reappeared on the map of Europe in 1919.
Arriving in Trieste on June 28th, my partner, Ewa Marcinkowska, and I were surprised to discover a commemoration taking place. We had just started our return journey from Pula, Croatia to Britain which would take 4 days altogether as we had arranged to give a demonstration of the Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, in Switzerland on Lake Constance. The River Rhine was full, almost to bursting, and consequently Lake Constance had risen to cover the gardens of our hosts and their neighbours by a metre! But there are always more solutions than problems. :-)
Flights from Gatwick to Pula were delayed because of bad weather in northern Croatia but it didn't stop us. We were driving through it! Thunder, lightning, the works in Slovenia! Thank goodness we were towing a Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, rowing boat behind us. Then sunshine before more horrendous weather. But we are here now in Pula, Croatia.
We drove, with our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, straight to the most famous cafe in Vienna, expecting maybe to park in a supermarket but, lo and behold, there was a long space right outside. No double yellow lines :-) We parked up behind a Bentley and had a great meal with excellent service! Our waiter said he'd seen all sorts of amazing vehicles parked outside this famous cafe but never a boat.
Ewa Marcinkowska and I have been rowing in our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, through Poland on the River Vistula making a documentary. We've just finished the production and now we have to edit 2.2TB of video down to an exciting programme that will show the changes that have taken place since the collapse of communism. This short video is a raw combination of very short clips covering the 4 days we spent in Gdansk for the celebrations. Spot Lech Wałesa. It will take months to edit and so now we are heading for Vienna on our way to Pula for some Public Speaking training with Eric Edmeades.
Stephen Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska en-route for Poland, towing a Nordic Explorer (coastal rowing boat) https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to make a documentary about rowing down the River Vistula (Wisła) stop briefly in Magdeburg. Why? Only later in the full documentary will you discover the reason and a couple of surprises.
Ewa Marcinkowska & Steve Walker travelling to Poland towing a Nordic Explorer coastal, recreational rowing boat, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, to make a documentary.
Follow us, Steve Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska, as we make a documentary to guide you through Poland via the queen of Polish Rivers, the River Wisła (Vistula). We are about to set off in time to celebrate 30 years since the ending of Communism in Poland and 100 years since the rebirth of Poland after WWI and we are towing our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/.
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Boat launching protocol demands that a lady such as the queen or the queen mother should launch a ship or a boat. Here is trailer to my take on that. https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/launching-2-nordic-explorers/
Learn more at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ about this new boat, the Nordic Explorer, now available as a double and also in standard or lightweight, vacuum infused, sandwich construction.
Steve Walker's 1st row (scull) in a Nordic Explorer single. Watch more at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/
Watch more at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/rowing-on-the-sea/ and learn more about the delights of rowing on the sea/ocean. And watch a double Nordic Explorer being rowed on the North Sea off Belgian coast in https://youtu.be/nCmvWzMqCJk.
Why would you do this? Row the entire length of Loch Ness.
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Well of course, if it's a nice day, you might just want to go swimming. :-) Find out more here https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/explorer-video-2/
Steve Walker is at Bled in 2017 and bumps into Peter Brooks from Australia whom he has never met before. How could this chance encounter help YOU to improve your performances?
Steve Walker, founder of https://ScullingAcademy.com and author of "How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success", teams up again with his regular training buddy, Diane Moore, to race at Loughborough Boat Club's "Soar Head", which is a totally different challenge from racing on a straight multi-lane course. Steering ability is severely tested, not just power, endurance and technique.
After we'd won and racing was over and the trailer loaded we were allowed to jump on the Olympic Rowing Lake!
Catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster at the end of this video of the MonsterTheLoch, mass participation, human powered event. Watch Steve Walker and Keith Lawton in the new Nordic Explorer double https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic. Will they make it to the end? Who will not?
The Monstertheloch race time was brought forward from 10 to 8.30am to make the most of the weather. This is the first race I've entered in the Nordic Explorer double, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ which is a new recreational boat designed to be comfortable, dry and safe so we were excited to see how she performed in rough water. You'll have to excuse my pronunciation of Loch. I'm a Sassanach.
Naming my new Nordic Explorer double sculling boat, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ the day before rowing the entire 36km length of Loch Ness. My very good friend Sian chose the name Morag.
The day before Steve Walker, founder of https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ and Keith Lawton, president of Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club, race the whole 34km length of Loch Ness, home of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, "Nessie", in the monstertheloch.com mass participation event they did some reconnaissance with their hosts Sian and Phil, who have just completed building a new house adjacent to the Loch, which, incidentally, will be available for holiday lets in the future.
Boats entered in the event have to be seaworthy and you will see why in this video. Undertaking the race in a new Nordic Explorer double, is the perfect opportunity to show just how seaworthy the Nordic Explorer is.
Discover the Joy of Rowing in a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/. Whether on the sea, ocean, lake, loch or river the Nordic Explorer will protect you and give you hours of enjoyment and healthy, whole body, exercise. A joy shared is a joy doubled and a trouble shared is a trouble halved.
Edited version of my race in the same boat with Diane Moore, my regular training buddy. We train alongside each other in singles and only enter a few races each year in the mixed double. Many thanks to Janet Vorberg for the loan of her Wintech double scull, Gladys, named after her mother. This was a great, relaxed and friendly regatta and if you were not there you missed out big time.
Keith Lawton of Hollingworth Lake RC and Steve Walker of Grosvenor RC had just one short practice outing in this over 60s double scull before racing former 3x World Lightweight Single Sculls Champion, Raimund Harberl and his partner, Robert Mosek at the 2018 European Masters Regatta in Munich. It was quite a race!
Jaws drop and eyebrows are raised when I mention that I've done this. Head over to https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to learn more about this great sliding-seat, recreational, coastal, sculling (rowing) boat, the NORDIC EXPLORER, which ships all over the world. Ask me for a quote. Thanks are due to Connor Weaver for his assistance as my videographer on this super day.
Eyebrows are raised whenever I mention that I've done this! The Mersey is a mighty river with a 10.7m tidal range that creates very strong currents. Go to https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to learn more about this magnificent sliding seat, open water, recreational sculling boat. Many thanks to Connor Weaver, my videographer on this super day, when the conditions were perfect for undertaking this feat.
2018 Chester Regatta. Needle match between local rival clubs, Grosvenor Rowing Club and Royal Chester Rowing Club, that are only 100 yards apart. Who will win?
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Steve Walker, founder of https://www.Ahoy-Boats.co.uk, introduces the new ASTUS 20.5 Trimaran Day Boat. A 20ft boat with 4 berths!
It is 40% more powerful than the previous 20.2 with bigger floats and even better use of the space that 20ft affords.
Detailed views and description of the NEW Astus 16.5 Trimaran available through http://ahoy-boats.com. Steve Walker guides you through the features of this up to date family day boat. This is a great boat to start your adventures in trimarans and is the bottom of the range of Astus Boats that go up as far as 24ft. There is also a tantalising glimpse of a scale model of the next new boat in the range, the 20.5, that will be on show at the Düsseldorf Boat Show early in 2018.
Steve Walker, founder of http://ahoy-boats.com and http://scullingacademy.com and author of How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success, takes the twins, Elly and Kate from Chester, for a spin in a new Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ at Henley-on-Thames on finals day of the 2017 regatta.
Steve Walker, founder of Sculling Academy, http://scullingacademy.com, partners with his regular training partner, Diane Moore in Mixed F double sculls at the 2017 World Rowing Masters Regatta in Bled, Slovenia. Watch the drama unfold.
Founder of Ahoy-Boats and http//scullingacademy.com, Steve Walker, racing at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Bled, Slovenia, 2017. What a great regatta! A race every 3 minutes has meant there are always 2 races on the course at any one time. And racing from 07.00 to 19.00. This was Steve's race in G single sculls. Watch to see what happened.
With a record number of athletes at the World Rowing Masters Regatta this year, 2017, in Bled, Slovenia, there is a VERY large number of racing boats too.
The day before racing begins in the World Rowing Masters Regatta we took a walk around the most iconic rowing venue in the world, Lake Bled.
Steve Walker, founder of http://scullingacademy.com and Ahoy-Boats and author of "How to Win - the Sports Competitor's Guide to Success" https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Win-Sports-Competitors-Success/dp/1478189320/ takes a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ for a sea trial. No water was taken on board! Not a drop. The usual sea birds were encountered, gulls, terns, a shy guillemot but also an unusual flock of turnstones, just a stone's throw from beach but out of sight or everybody except those in boats. Steve sculls out to the green Rhosneigr buoy and from there to the Little Orme where there is a flock of herring gulls gorging on whitebait along with mackerel, also feeding on them.
Why launch one when you can launch 2 Nordic Explorers https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ at once? The honours must be preformed by a lady and my friends Helen Marriott and Sue Corbin stepped up to the plate willingly. A good excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbly.
On the maiden voyage of the Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic Steve Walker plucked two young maidens from the towpath and gave them a ride down to Temple Island and all the way up past the course to Henley Bridge. They seemed to enjoy themselves.
Not a lot of people realise that on the towpath side only unpowered craft are allowed, apart from officials. And so rowing is undoubtedly the quickest way of getting about on race days as the towpath becomes so congested. It also means that you can get up close and personal with the racing crews, separated from them by only the booms.
There are some unsual things to see on the river when I go sculling but then there is the TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. Watch to the end then please share this video, sponsored by http://ScullingAcademy.com/
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International Master Sculler, Steve Walker outlines his cure for the modern plague of obesity that is cripling the British National Health Service. Founder of Ahoy-Boats https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/explorer/ and author of "How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success", Steve expounds the virtue and value of JOY in exercise.
You can BUY at http://www.ahoy-boats.info/lists/Ahoy-Boats_latest-rowing-prices.htm and there is more information at http://www.ahoy-boats.biz/. Learn to scull well at http://scullingacademy.com.