It was a little intimidating for us when we heard the Wall Street Journal was running a two-third page review in the weekend edition on Julie’s latest book, Olive Odyssey. It is, after all, the number one selling paper in the USA and a full page ad costs $210,000. They say that the value of editorial is 3X that of paid advertising, but of course, that is only if it is positive. A negative review would be devastating for book sales.
Well, we were extremely excited to learn it was very positive. Here is a quote from the Wall Street Journal,
“But if anyone is qualified to wring travail and adventure out of these unreasonably glamorous locales, it is Julie Angus. She was the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland (in hurricane season, no less). And she is trained as a molecular biologist, so she has got the scientific acumen to decipher the nuances of the olive genome and to explain why one sort of DNA is more reliable than another for studying tree genetics.”
With all that’s going on with our film and book on Olive Odyssey, it will be another little while before our hollow shaft sculling oars are ready. We also have another exciting sailboat design for kids in the works, but we will hold off giving an ETA for plans and kits.
While our adventuring business has created a few delays in the boat business (don’t worry, all orders are still shipped within a couple of days), it is also what subsidizes the sweatshop (and our passion) that is Angus Rowboats. In a way, it is our adventures and the earnings we receive from organizations like Random House and National Geographic that truly drives our rowboat business. So, it’s the delays that allow to forge implacably forward. And, of course, to have some of the best tested boats on the market!
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At Angus Rowboats, our passion for adventure naturally draws us to the mystique of the Northwest Passage – one of the world's most captivating and perilous waterways. Historically, this elusive passage promised a shorter shipping route, spurring early navigators to fervently chart and struggle through its icy intricacies.
The summer of 2023 saw three audacious teams, including one using our very own RowCruiser boats, aiming to be the first to traverse NW Passage solely by human power within a single season. As the season concludes, we've chronicled these attempts, and catalogued past human-powered endeavors to navigate the Northwest Passage.