People always ask me about my cold-war era roof rack at regattas. I had at least two questions this past weekend from people wanting to buy one. It’s a rack built by University Barge Club’s Bruce LaLonde circa 1989. It has carried my single thousands of miles, including cross-country, with no damage, ever, and is still going strong. It has outlasted 3 cars and 2 sets of oars. The secret is that it’s springy and is designed like one big shock absorber. It’s a great rack and folks from Philly probably will recognize it. The other piece of gear from the same era that only recently disintegrated was my purple Stevenson USA boat cover!