Technical Terms

 

If you ever finish a training and wonder what the coach has been on about take a look at the information below and it might help you next time some one tells you to watch your finish and to slow the recovery down!  There is also a note on boat types.

The Stroke

The stroke is made up of:

the catch

in which oars are placed in the water

the pull through, or drive

in which the legs are extended and the body opens up to make maximum use of the slide, levering the boat forwards

the finish

in which oars come out of the water

the recovery

in which the rower's body moves towards the stern in preparation for the next stroke

Oars are rotated onto the feather parallel to the water surface at the finish to minimise air resistance and to the vertical at the catch to maximise water resistance. 

    

    Glossary

Canvas

the length of the foredeck

Crab

a disaster in which a rower fails to extract the oar from the water at the finish, causing the handle to smash him/her in the body or pull him/her overboard

Length

the length of the boat

Starboard

the right side of the boat facing forward

Puddles

swirls of water left by oars after a stroke

Rating (or beat)

the number of strokes taken in a minute

Portside

the left side of the boat facing forward

Washing

giving another boat a wash with churned up water

 

Boat classes

There are eight boat classes, of which five are for sweep-oared rowing in which the rower uses one oar with both hands, and three are for sculling in which two oars are used, one in each hand. Some classes carry a cox, who either sits in the stern or lies in the bow to steer the boat. The boat classes are:

boat code

boat name

length in meters

length in feet

weight in kg

weight in lbs

 

Scull boats

 

 

 

 

1x

Single scull

8.2m

27ft

14kg

30.8lbs

2x

Double scull

10.4m

34ft

27kg

59lbs

4x

Quadruple scull

13.4m

44ft

52kg

114lbs

 

Sweep boats

 

 

 

 

2-

Coxless pair

10.4m

34ft

27kg

59lbs

2+

Coxed pair

10.4m

34ft

32kg

70lbs

4-

Coxless four

13.4m

44ft

50kg

110lbs

4+

Coxed four

13.7m

45ft

51kg

112lbs

8+

Eight

19.9m

62ft

96kg

211lbs