Karlisch Rowing Eight; Karlisch Germany; 1972; 1996.116


Karlisch Rowing Eight

About this object

This eight-oared shell was rowed to victory by the New Zealand crew in the final of the rowing Eights at the 1972 Olympic Games held at Munich in West Germany. The boat cost 3000 DM in 1972; other teams were racing in boats costing as much as 40,000 DM.
The shell is made from cedar plywood in what was the traditional construction for many years. The boat represents the end of the wooden shell era in international rowing competition. Lighter and more expensive reinforced plastic shells then became the norm, although an increase in the minimum weight limit has since led to a revival of wooden shell building.

After the success in Germany the eight was purchased by the Stevenson family and presented to the Auckland Rowing Club. It was used for more than twenty years as a competition eight and later as a training shell.


Karlisch Germany

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Medium and Materials

Cedar plywood


17.4m (L)

Subject and Association Keywords

Rowing/[Sport & Recreation]

Credit Line

Gifted by Jack Stevenson & the Stevenson family and the Auckland Rowing Club

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