For most people, the act of rowing involves a wide aluminum boat, their grandparents' pond and the probability of going around in circles until someone comes to tow you to shore.
That's not what we're going to be talking about here.
The Grand Rapids Rowing Association is hosting the 2012 Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta (MACRA) in just over a week and its time to learn some sport speak.
Regatta is either derived from the Italian word for "line" (as in starting line) or the Latin words for "race" or "oar," experts haven't sorted that out. But what we know is that it's about people rowing in long, thin boats and trying to finish first.
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