Taken from the Introductory:
"It is anomalous that of the hundreds of amateurs who have in their day passed through the ordeal and experiences of rowing and training two only have been found to offer to succeeding generations the benefit of their own practical experience and still more that these should be not ex-competitors with the oar in University or Grand Challenge Races but the one a coxswain, pur et simple, and the other a sculler at the top of the tree in that line but who never aspired to any prestige with the oar. For this reason alone there would seem to be space left for the practical experiences of rowing and training for a University or a Grand Challenge race or of the coaching of various crews for various races. Still more so when at this date two novelties are revolutionising modern rowing and causing controversy the one the sliding seat the other the abolition of coxswains for four oars. The addenda of these subjects alone would form material for a treatise still it is intended here to discuss the whole art and its concomitants from first principles upwards.
To standard coaches whose names are household words these observations will be as coals to Newcastle. Yet inasmuch as their task is rather to take in hand finished oars for important races not having time to teach tyros ab initio, and whereas the ranks of amateurs are greatly recruited by cadets taught at first only by oarsmen who, to tyros, are comparatively proficients, yet are themselves lacking much tuition ere they could attain Henley or Putney form, these introductory remarks may not be out of place. Details of form, style, principles, faults, and remedies, will occupy subsequent chapters."
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