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Princeton University's 1988 National Champion lightweight eight-man crew, pushing off from the dock. The body of water seen is Lake Carnegie in Princeton, New Jersey. This group, after winning the US National Championship, went on to row at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. The young man seen from the back is the coxwain who steers the boat; the first rower, a port-side rower, facing the coxwain, is the "stroke," responsible for setting the rate or "stroke;" the rower immediately behind the stroke, is the starboard rower, "Number-Seven:" the others also alternate: Number Six, port; Number Five, starboard, etc. The coxwain faces in the forward direction toward the "bow" of the boart, and all the rowers, face backward, the "stern."

I decided to submit this old photo after seeing a beautiful shot by Hirak Dutta, Sunset Admirers. The strong diagonal structure of his photo, featuring virtually the same combination of colors, reminded me of the blades of Princeton University oars.

The photograph was shot on Kodachrome-64 slide film, and recently scanned into digital format for posting at TE.

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