The man is on the run. From the Head of the Charles to the beautiful Schuylkill that runs through Philadelphia, Jack Carlson has his hands full with races and book signings. Hopefully you remember the amazing Rowing Blazers book launch in NYC... if not, here's a refresher.
After finally meeting him in person at the event in New York, Jack invited me to his most recent event in Philadelphia. Hosted by the Undine Barge Club, something I really admire about all of these rowing events is the emphasis on charity, and using rowing as a force for good. Post rounds of good food and mingling, I had a chance to have a talk with Jack one-on-one. He tried to convince me that my size is perfect for a coxswain, and that I should really consider it. I took it as half of a compliment, and half of him calling me small... but that's not the important part. We met the next morning for a couple of photos before his flight out of Philly, and he was a gentleman through and through.
If you haven't yet, buy his book off of Amazon. This three year project stands to be the "Take Ivy" and "Preppy - Cultivating Ivy Style" of rowing blazers and the culture it is submersed in. The history is beautiful and F.E. Castleberry put out some of his best work as the principal photographer. A big thank you to Jack for inviting me to these exclusive rowing events, and hopefully our mutual admiration for each other's work leads to more fun times like this.