Ready All! George Yeoman Pocock and Crew Racing by Gordon NewellReady All! George Yeoman Pocock and Crew Racing by Gordon Newell

Ready All! George Yeoman Pocock and Crew Racing

byGordon NewellForeword byDick Erickson

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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In the 1920s, an upstart West Coast college began to challenge the Eastern universities in the ancient sport of crew racing. Sportswriters scoffed at the ?crude western boats? and their crews. But for the next forty years, the University of Washington dominated rowing around the world.

The secret of the Huskies? success was George Pocock, a soft-spoken English immigrant raised on the banks of the Thames. Pocock combined perfectionism with innovation to make the lightest, best-balanced, fastest shells the world had ever seen. After studying the magnificent canoes built by Northwest Indians, he broke with tradition and began to make shells of native cedar.

Pocock, who had been a champion sculler in his youth, never credited his boats for the accomplishments of a crew. He wanted every rower to share his vision of discipline and teamwork. As rowers from the University of Washington went on to become coaches at major universities across the country, Pocock?s philosophy?and his shells?became nationally famous in the world of crew.

Drawing on documents provided by Pocock?s family, photographs from the University of Washington Crew Archives, and interviews with rowers who revered the man, Newell evokes the times as well as the life of this unique figure in American sport.

The late Gordon Newell was the author of several books on maritime history, including Pacific Tugboats and Mighty Mo, The U.S.S. Missouri: A Biography of the Last Battleship. The late Dick Erickson was University of Washington varsity crew coach from 1968 to 1987.
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Title:Ready All! George Yeoman Pocock and Crew RacingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 11 × 8.55 × 0.65 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295994843

ISBN - 13:9780295994840

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dick EricksonPreface

1. Apprentice Watermen on the Thames2. Making Do on the Pacific Northwest Frontier3. Building Shells in the Tokyo Tea Room4. Building Airplanes at the Red Barn5. ?Clumsily Built Western Boats?6. ?Eight Hearts Must Beat As One?7. ?There Are No Fast Boats, Only Fast Crews?8. Olympic Gold9. Races ?round the World10. Remembered Crews and Coaches11. The Later Years

AppendixesBibliographyIndex

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In the 1920s, an upstart West Coast college began to challenge the Eastern universities in the ancient sport of crew racing. Sportswriters scoffed at the ?crude western boats? and their crews. But for the next forty years, the University of Washington dominated rowing around the world. The secret of the Huskies? success was George Pocock, a soft-spoken English immigrant raised on the banks of the Thames. Pocock combined perfectionism with innovation to make the lightest, best-balanced, fastest shells the world had ever seen. After studying the magnificent canoes built by Northwest Indians, he broke with tradition and began to make shells of native cedar. Pocock, who had been a champion sculler in his youth, never credited his boats for the accomplishments of a crew. He wanted every rower to share his vision of discipline and teamwork. As rowers from the University of Washington went on to become coaches at major universities across the country, Pocock?s philosophy?and his shells?became nationally famous in the world of crew. Drawing on documents provided by Pocock?s family, photographs from the University of Washington Crew Archives, and interviews with rowers who revered the man, Newell evokes the times as well as the life of this unique figure in American sport.Ready All! offers a fascinating journey into the life and work of George Pocock, the master boatbuilder whose profound wisdom matched his skill in the workshop. A sage, a mentor, an artist, and an oarsman, Pocock shaped the lives of countless rowers, and this book captures the essence of his soul. - Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat