Category Archives: Racing

Gig rowers “arse” cure

It’s the start of the Gig Racing Season and you are both loving and hating it. Why?  Well the strain on your body is tough – blisters, sore fingers, “gigger’s arse” and other ailments are happening and you probably wish they’d go away. We can’t promise a magic wand but Rowperfect has a bunch of […]

1k Masters Strength Training Program

If you’re looking for some more peak power for your stroke, lower splits, and faster sprints, this is the program for you! Will Ruth, strength coach and author of bestselling Rowperfect e-book “Rowing Stronger,” has designed this 3-month strength training program in tandem with Marlene Royle’s 1k Racing a 3 month program. A strength training […]

How to win a seat race – 5 rules

rowing crew, racing rowers, world rowing

Well the obvious answer is Doh….make the boat go faster than the guy you’ve been switched with is the way to win a seat race. This is a guest post by the LaunchExhaust Blog (sadly discontinued) but you can read the archive here. Ok, snarky, sarcastic, obvious comment aside, selection time is upon many teams […]

Transitioning novice rowers from head to regatta racing

MSU Novice Rowers

I am the novice development captain for my rowing club and I am currently thinking ahead, to regatta season. I was wondering what is best for the novices (on the erg) when it comes to transitioning from head to regatta season?  In terms of the novice winter training, they mainly did UT2’s to get used to […]

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 […]

Rowing pace charts

Rowing training zones chart

I am reading Jack Daniels Running formula at the moment and I’m very a fan of this training philosophy for endurance work. Do you now if there are comperable tables for rowing, corresponding racepace at different distances and corresponding training Intensities for I-pace, M-pace, E-pace a.s.o?? (Referring to Daniels’ VDOT-tables) Marlene Royle answers: I am very […]

Masters 1k racing training programme

1K Racing: A 3-month training programme for athletes preparing to race 1000-metre events

We know winter isn’t over yet – but many masters rowers will be starting to look forward to summer 1k racing.  The Masters National championships and of course the FISA Masters regatta in Sarasota, FL, USA during September 2018. Today we have published our first ever training programme ebook 1K Racing – a 3 month training […]

British Rowing points system critiques

Melvin Harbour fixed the British Rowing points system

The opportunity for mathematicians and rowers to collaborate is not a frequent occurrence.  Yet the rollout of the new UK points system continues and the results of the Scullers Head were the first big event – Richard Phillips on Facebook wrote this observation. Nearly a month has gone by since the Scullers head and this […]