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Alumni Mailing Lists

NavyLights maintains several mailing lists to communicate with all or part of the NavyLights family.

To get your name added to, removed or to change your address, please contact If you are on more than one list, you will only get one email even if sent to multiple lists, google is smart.

Current Lists

  • Everybody
  • NavyLight Staff/former staff, etc
  • All oarsmen
  • NavyLights74-78
  • The First NavyLights

In Planning

Spring 2022 - NavyLights74-78 Reunion VII during the Princeton, Georgetown, or Harvard race weekend in Annapolis. Stay tuned for updates.

Previous NavyLight Alumni Events

Rowing Glossary

Use this rowing guide to introduce your family and friends to rowing.

Rowing Remembrances from NavyLights Yore
(♫ in the key of crazy eights ♫)

Lightweight Rowing Begins in America
On 31 May 1919 Navy and Penn row the first 150-pound eight-oared race on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia and American collegiate lightweight rowing is born. Tom Weil Yale '70 provides the details.

On Rowing Legend Rusty Callow
While Coach Callow coached Navy Heavyweight Crew, in 1954 he tasked his assistant coach LT John James (Buck) Herzog, USN (USNA '46) with seating Navy's First Lightweight Crew of the Modern Era. Here's an excellent article about Coach Callow from the 6 June 1955 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Navy Crew Memories from Chuck Wilbur '57
Chuck Wilbur coxed Navy heavyweight crews from 1953-1957 and was coxswain of the Navy Varsity Eights in '56 and '57.

Rowing Remembrances of NavyLights Rowers from the '70's

Rowing Vignettes
(♫ in the key of way e'nuff ♫)

If you have rowing verse, stories, videos, photos, sketches, or artwork -- anything you would like to share -- please send to

We Were Rowers Once...and Young

Rowing on the Alcubierre Wave

On the Starboard Side