Category Archives: Coaching

Jeannine Gmelin – Change to the Extreme

The 2019 MIRABAUD Baselhead has two entries where we find the Creme de la Creme of European rowers. 16  athletes, 8 women and 8 men are rowing in a composite team called EuropeanEight – single scullers are changing the oars and go rowing. Jeannine Gmelin, Crew captain of the women’s eight told the organizers what […]

Coaching psychology: Conditional Praise

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  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 […]

Rigging For Lousy Weather At Head Of The Charles

Or any other Head Race! It is long distance Regattas season. The biggest one takes place right now: the 55th edition of Head of the Charles on October 19th and 20th 2019. Our Expert Mike Davenport, knows all about the specific weather-conditions of this Regatta. He also knows all about Rigging.Here are some recommendations he […]

Antiphase Crew Rowing – more scientific research

Further results show: Antiphase crew rowing might turn out to be faster! New researches made in Holland indicate that Antiphase Rowing might be a good thing: “If everyone rows at the same time, the boat will – with every stroke – pause for a while”, explains movement scientist Laura Cuijpers of the University of Groningen, […]

Dyneema Calf Skin protection: So popular

Announcing our Rowperfect Dyneema Calf Skin protection Dyneema Calf Skin Protection for rowing …  is necessary when the boat comes into contact with delicate skin! We have been searching for quiet some time to find out about the right material for calf skin protection: When you check the market, you might find calf skin protection […]

Visual Impaired Rowers: How to listen to the commands

A few days ago, Sharon Wienbar has talked about the concept of guiding visual impaired rowers. Today, she is givin an insight of the commands. Rabbiting commands:  Most of the rabbit commands are similar to bowing a double or quad:  Ready, row Port, starboard or even pressure In two, weigh enough  etc. Steering Ideally, a […]

Masters Regatta Racing Starts for rowing

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Here is a question from our audience. It arrived a while ago. We have asked our experts to answer… World Rowing Masters regatta is coming up, and I guess most of what can be done of preparation is done by now. However I cannot help but thinking about the start, and how to improve it. […]

It`s Head Racing Season!

Head racing requires totally different tactics from side by side.  Rebecca Caroe shared some thoughts with us. She also used some content of the book Winning Head Races from Carla Zezza. This is the only book on Head Races in Print that I could find. 5 Reasons Head Racing is the Best Winning Head Races […]

Learn from role models: A man who coaches sporting perfection

James Cracknell, 46 has become the oldest ever Boat Race champion. His team mates refer to him as “Uncle James”. Cracknell, for sure became a role model for many of his team mates. (Photocredit: Guardian) Do rowers need to learn from role models? What rowers and rowing coaches can learn from others, also outside of […]