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Rowing
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.43

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     challenging words:    boaters, buoy, extraction, ferrymen, functional, moored, rowers, starboard, strenuous, sweep-oar, stake, competitive, synchronize, versatile, fast-paced, recovery
     content words:    World Championships, Amenhotep II, River Thames, World Rowing, River Charles Regatta, United States


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Rowing
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Caption: U.S.A. lightweight 4 rowing at the World Championships, 2003.
 
2     Few sports are as versatile and fun as boating. You can "row, row, row your boat" in so many different ways! You can cruise cautiously in a canoe, or you can race in a raft over rapids. Boaters who have a need for speed love the sport of competitive rowing.
 
3     People have been rowing for thousands of years. Boats played a vital role in the ancient world. Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used boats for transportation and trade. The athletic Egyptian pharaoh, Amenhotep II, apparently liked to show off his rowing talent. During wars, excellent rowing often meant the difference between victory and defeat. Centuries later, boating became fun as well as functional. The Venetians held festivals called regatta in the 13th century. These festivals included boat races. By the 1700s, British ferrymen held the first boating races on the River Thames in London. The first official rowing competitions took place in 1800s.

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