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The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

the-boys-in-the-boatThe New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat has captured the hearts and minds of millions of people and has cast a spotlight on the sport of rowing and Washington Rowing in particular.

The tremendous story of the crew from Seattle that won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics has generated a tremendous amount of interest in our program.

Every day, groups of people from near and far visit the Conibear Shellhouse on the University of Washington campus along the shores of Lake Washington to learn more about the boys and the boat that made history in Germany.

Visit for facts about rowing in 1936 compared to rowing today, along with answers to some most commonly answered questions.

Conibear Shellhouse is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The following Boys in the Boat artifacts are on display.

  • Husky Clipper in the Windermere Cup Dining Hall
  • Joe Rantz’ and Don Hume’s letterman sweaters in the Windermere Cup Dining Hall
  • Joe Rantz’ Olympic jersey in the trophy case
  • Don Hume’s oar in the Captains Room


Fans of The Boys in the Boat now have the unique opportunity to get an inside look at the Washington Rowing boathouse and the team that is the legacy of the famed 1936 crew.

The tours are led by Washington Rowing alum Melanie Barstow, ’16, and specifically focus on the history and legacy of the boys of 1936.

Tours are offered on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

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