Author Archives: Rebecca Caroe

Selecting a new rowing boat

Boat Building for Rowing Filippi

I have been privy to a Facebook chat where the initiator asks this question “Rowers, got any views on buying and selecting a new rowing boat. Budget is key and interested on views. Think SWIFT, Wintech v Janousek=Stämpfli.” While not keen to start a public discussion on the benefits of any one boat maker compared […]

A new Rowing Tales book is coming

Rowing Tales, Volume one and volume 2, rowing stories

Early warning…. November 11th will be the date when we release the 2019 edition of Rowing Tales. Edited by Rebecca Caroe it’s become a fixture on our annual calendar.  She collects these stories from her Rowing Chat Podcast guests and the Rowperfect Masters Rowing International Facebook group as well as talking to people she meets. […]

Coaching psychology: Conditional Praise

Photo credit: Huffington Post.

  THE CONTEXT: As some parents and coaches continue to rely on what I call “conditional praise” as a form of motivation, I hope they’re aware of some of the unintended consequences.  When I was a young boy competing in sports I spent a good lot of my time in the pursuit of approval—praise—from those […]

How to find my Concept 2 drag factor

Ergo Champs

Rowperfect are the Rowing Education experts.   Not all knowledge is found in training courses or coach education.  We know rowers want to know things – that’s where we come in…. Rowperfect knows rowing.  Ask Us. What resistance level should I train on a concept 2 rower? How to find my Concept 2 drag factor? Is […]

Rowing books for your holiday novel reading

Today we’re showing off two rowing books which are worth adding to your summer holiday reading list. Both novels and written by authors who actually understand the sport, they give very different perspectives on that most difficult of rowing situations – the crew bonding before, during and after an important race.  Buy Water under the […]

More strength advice for beginner rowers from Kristin Marvin

“I’m a new rower and I compete in school regattas. I was wondering what exercises I could do to become a stronger rower?” As a new athlete to the sport it is important to note that whole body movements win over your typical exercise program, especially as a high school student.  You sit down all […]

What is the origin of Committee Boats at Regattas?

We got a question from a reader and this sparked some great contributions from Rowing History, Skiff rowing racing (Photo Credit: Skiff racing organisation) and so I thought I’d share it with you. “”Committee boats are when the regatta organisers (the committee) provide the boats to the competitors It originated in traditional regattas when the […]

Free riders in a rowing boat or what can a masters crew do with a free rider

The puddle tells the truth.(Photo Credit: Fotoclub Eggenburg) One of the glories of rowing is that a boat is only as fast as the slowest crew member. Agreed? If yes… please continue to read this post from Duncan Holland, published a while ago. Unless all the members are contributing the boat will not be fast. […]

Aligning power in a mixed masters quad

We have just formed a mixed quad crew and want some advice on how to align our power and get the crew going well together. Several time ago, Roland Beevor wrote to us after reading the original article. Let’s share this again.  I think this issue is a good issue to explore, it addresses a big […]

Rowing and the “keto” diet

Quote from Andrew Hamilton via Christopher George.  This is about the Ketogenic (keto) Diet for endurance athletes. “One longer-term low-carbohydrate approach that appears to be becoming more popular with athletes trying to increase fat burning is the use of a very low-carbohydrate, high fat diet – also known as the “keto diet”. The keto diet […]