Some Secrets of Successful Rowing. Including: A System of Training for a Boat Club and an exposure of the Errors of "Orthodoxy." - Steve Fairbairn 1930 - Sporting Handbooks Limited, London - First Edition ‘The object of this book is to get more oarsmen to think for themselves… look into the principles… and to settle for himself what is right.’

A rare and near fine first edition of one of Steve Fairbairn's classic titles on rowing techniques and training.
  Steve Fairbairn [1862-1938] founded The Head of the River race on the Thames. In his autobiography he tells of completing a bet for £1 to canoe from Putney to Henley (a distance of 62 miles, having gone up the River Wey by mistake) within a day - it took him 23 hours in an old Rob Roy canoe.

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If you can't do it easy, you can't do it at all" - His enthusiasm and competitiveness within the sport is apparent from his passionate struggle for the introduction of swivel gates and sliding seats to the design permitted for the college Bumps and the 'Varsity Boat Race'. His unique style of coaching was enjoyed by anyone and everyone who sought it and bears hallmarks that are today referred to as 'Fairbairnisms'. - Jesus College Boat Cub.

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Fairbairn of Jesus', the title of his autobiography, published in London in 1931, is no mere vainglorious phrase. A new style—Fairbairnism—was often, but erroneously, attributed to him: his innovation, if innovation it was, was to concentrate the oarsman's mind on the oar and on moving the boat rather than on the supposedly correct motions of the body. He was prepared to experiment, as with long slides and swivel rowlocks. He was full of aphorisms: 'If you can't do it easy, you can't do it at all'; 'It has all got to come from inside you, laddies'; 'Enjoy your rowing, win or lose'; 'Mileage makes champions'. He described the best action for moving a boat as 'an exact imitation of the Heave Ho of eight sailors heaving at a rope, a perfect loose and easy elastic action'—elsewhere described as 'swan-like' and 'dreamy-looking'. There was something of the mystic in his search for perfection in rowing.’ - Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Reference: Toy,
Adventures Afloat 4225.

Duodecimo (book size 16.4 x 10.3 cm) pp. 94 [1 (publisher’s advertisement)] [1]. Publisher’s orange cloth, spine lettered in black, front board with twin black line border enclosing black lettering.
  Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to corners and spine ends, spine gently sunned.   Ref: 109297   Price: HK$ 3,000