Men of Kent: Ten Boys, A Fast Boat, and the Coach Who Made Them Champions

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A modern-day Chariots of Fire and the true story of one of the greatest schoolboy crews everMen of Kent traces the fate of ten ordinary boys and their coach from Kent, Connecticut, who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances during the spring and summer of 1972. That year the Kent School's crew, of which the author was a part, was undefeated against 46 other crews, broke three course records, and claimed a national championship. Its final race, at the fabled Henley Royal Regatta in England—a race ...
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A modern-day Chariots of Fire and the true story of one of the greatest schoolboy crews everMen of Kent traces the fate of ten ordinary boys and their coach from Kent, Connecticut, who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances during the spring and summer of 1972. That year the Kent School's crew, of which the author was a part, was undefeated against 46 other crews, broke three course records, and claimed a national championship. Its final race, at the fabled Henley Royal Regatta in England—a race broadcast on television worldwide—merited a banner headline in the New York Times sports section, and is regarded as one of the most breathtaking finishes in Henley's long history.
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“Rick Rinehart’s recounting of his experiences on his still-renowned American schoolboy crew, culminating at the Henley Royal Regatta in England, is triumphant on every level. It is a touching and candid coming-of-age story, a sports saga that will have you whistling the theme from Chariots of Fire, and a powerful memory trigger that will have you nostalgically flipping through your own photo albums and scrapbooks.” —Terry Frei, Denver Post, author of Third Down and a War to Go: The All American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers and Playing Piano in a Brothel: A Sports Journalist's Odyssey “Crew is a sport of power and precision, combined with elegance and grace. Rick Rinehart offers us a fascinating view of the communal world of rowing, from the teamwork inherent in success to the support system that made Kent’s story so memorable. He doesn’t miss a stroke.”—Barry Wilner, veteran AP sports writer and co-author of Miracles, Shockers and Longshots: The Greatest Sports Upsets of All Time “...extraordinary...a story that is well worth reading.”—Alan Caruba, Bookviews “'Men of Kent' is the kind of sports saga where you hum your own inspirational score as you read toward the climax. Think 'Chariots of Fire' with oars, set in a Connecticut boarding school.”—Ron Dicker, Hartford Courant “In an age of the second rate, the low rent and the unimpressive; of pornography, video games, text messaging and other irrelevancies of the human spirit, comes a beautiful, graceful book, Men of Kent by Rick Rinehart.... It is a coming of age, patriotic, spiritual story of innocence and joy, of boys who became not just men, but gentlemen, and I loved it.” —Steven Travers, Red Room blogger and author of One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game that Changed a Nation “Rinehart has a way of telling a sports story that makes even the least interested person fall in love with his tale. His true-life story would inspire anyone to succeed. It shows that with a little hard work, dreams can be achieved.” —VOYA
VOYA - Barbara Allen
Rinehart writes an exhilarating tale of how the 1972 rowing crew of Kent achieved more than anyone dreamed they could. He spins the tale of how Kent came to be and the strong traditions created by the founder, Father Frederick Herbert Sill. Rinehart gives the reader a glimpse into his dysfunctional family and how he got to Kent. He shows how his once-powerful publishing family went downhill into middle class because his father could not seem to find a career. But back at Kent, Sill set out to create a school that was founded on the principle that everyone had to work for what they received—nothing was handed to anyone. Sill loved the sport of rowing and led many teams to victory while he was head coach and headmaster at Kent. But after Sill passed, Hart Perry took the rag-tag team of misfits, which included Rinehart himself, to the top of high school rowing in the United States and England. Hard work took these boys and made them men. Several from the team went on to participate in the Olympics in rowing and other events. Rinehart has a way of telling a sports story that makes even the least interested person fall in love with his tale. His true-life story would inspire anyone to succeed. It shows that with a little hard work, dreams can be achieved. Reviewer: Barbara Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599219325
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 360,107
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Rinehart is a publisher and author of three books, the most recent of which he co-wrote with his wife Amy, Dare to Survive: Death, Heartbreak, and Survival in the Wild. A former Colorado Humanities Scholar, he is also chair of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation's awards program for talented, emerging authors. In 2006 he was elevated to membership in The Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames, England, the oldest, largest, and most successful rowing club in the world, having won more Olympic and World championship gold medals than any other club. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text viii

Prologue: Home River ix

I 1953 1

II Pater's Dream 16

III Water Music 42

IV Class of '72 63

V Boys of Spring 89

VI Men of Kent 118

VII Temple Island to Home 150

Aftermath 189

Appendix: Glossary of Rowing Terms 197

Acknowledgments 202

Index 206

About the Author 210

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