Ready, Row! USA: Revving up for Masters Nationals

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Welcome to Ready, Row! USA, episode #25!

Why should you race in Masters Nationals? Well for one thing, this year it’s in Grand Rapids, Mich, aka “Beer City, USA.” Today, legendary Olympian Jim Dietz previews US Rowing’s Masters Nationals competition, from the beer tent to how to arrange for a boat to actually race in. “Believe it or not, it’s my first time racing in Nationals,” says Jim, age 70. “I’ve retired from UMass coaching, and now it’s ME time!”

The  2019 US Rowing Masters National Championships will be held August 15-18, 2019, at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. “There are apparently a record number of entries this year,” says Jim, and he explains some reasons for the increased interest.

Ready, Row! USA features the best of rowing news, gadgets & gear from clubs, coaches, rowers, and vendors across the country. We are part of the international RowingChat network. You can subscribe to receive notifications of upcoming shows, send in news tips, and join our community on this website and on our YouTube channel. Watch the episode for our hashtag and use it on social media to win rowing services, gadgets & gear!

The producer of Ready, Row! USA is Charlotte Pierce; associate producer is Tara Morgan of Seize the Oar and Vashon Is. RC; our regular correspondent is Mark Wilson of All American Rowing Camp; and our executive producer is Rebecca Caroe of Rowing.Chat. Regular panelists & contributors include Ryan Worth of UTenn/Chattanooga Reba Knickerbocker of Bend the Blade coaching consultancy; and Ben Booth of Rebel Coastal Rowing in Westport, MA.

UPCOMING: Gadgets & Gear on August 14, Masters Nationals Recap on August 21, and Back-to-School (and Fall Head Racing) on August 28. Jump on the YouTube links to ask questions in advance!

Our Fabulous Sponsors: OarInspired, FasterMastersRowing.com, RoseandThorne.com, plus our crew & contributor sites: Pierce Press, All-American Rowing Camp, and Seize the Oar Foundation, UTenn/Chattanooga, and Swift Racing Boats.


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