Author Archives: Rebecca Caroe Brings Big Data to the Rowing World

ErgSlayer team results page

Nothing drives erg scores down faster than some friendly competition. Combine this insight with data driven analytics and you have Erg Slayer. Head coach of the University of Notre Dame Men’s Rowing Team, Mike Lehmann, developed and launched the website in 2016 with the goal of promoting competition within a team in an organized, efficient […]

Jim Joy versus the Rowing Stroke part 2

Trillium flower

What are we looking for when we are observing someone out on the river in a single shell? For me, whether the person is a sculler or a slugger depends on two major qualities. Does the shell pause momentarily in its sliding forward and does the bow sink below the horizontal at the release. These […]

Jim Joy versus the Rowing Stroke

Jimmy Joy - rowing coach

One of our popular rowing expert authors is Jimmy Joy – founder of the Joy of Sculling conference and author of books on the subject.  He takes an unique approach to our sport.  I received this message from him recently. Hi Rebecca: At the urging of friends I have taken ownership of the stroke cycle. […]

Oar Spotter the directory of rowing club colours

If you ever wondered how to design a rowing club oar blade paintwork, here’s your chance.  There’s a wonderful website called Oar Spotter where they have recorded every rowing club and their racing colours. Doug Rathburn the courageous man behind the website has created sub-lists for you to easily find your club. Firstly by country […]

Steering the Tideway

The head racing season is upon us. If you are racing the London Tideway Eights heads (for Men, Women, Veterans, Schools) or the Boat Race, here’s the Rowperfect handy guide to Steering the Tideway.  It includes all the landmarks and advice segment by segment on what you should do between each of the key parts […]

Drugs in sport

Roger Bannister. Image Credit: Wikipedia

David Brailsford, Bradley Wiggins and Seb Coe are in the firing line over doping, with much hand-wringing talk about ‘ethical lines’. It’s all irrelevant. Professional sports is about winning, nothing else. At that level there is no such thing as ethics, or if there is it’s down the A12 and if you get to Suffolk […]

Coxmate GPS navigation mode

Coxmate GPS Route Select set up

Hi I want to use the GPS navigation mode to plan a route. I have planned a route using the Create Route function on the Coxmate website and have loaded it onto my GPS as a .cmc file. Switch on my coxmate device, go to the Mode function, see my file listed as Route Select, […]

Rowing Seat Pad helps back pain on ergo

Rowing seat pad, ProW, sore leg rowing, hamstring pain rowing,

Stuart Harrison has done a comprehensive review of the ProW Rowing seat pad. I came across the Citius-Remex ProW seat pads on the internet and went ‘holly cr*p batman’, with postage they are not cheap, brilliant idea though. Then there are two of them, which one is for me? The high seat pad is for […]

What causes skying at the catch?

Perfect catch backsplash rowing,

What are the most probable rigging / sequencing causes of recovering with blades too high off the water / dipping the hands at the catch and skying the blade? So first things first – if someone is rigged too high, they may have difficulty putting the blades fully under the water at the catch. Check […]