Category Archives: Racing

Rowing Socks fun

Fullers Head of the River Fours

I sat in the bow seat of a coxed four for a long distance race (the Fours Head of the River). It was remarkable for two things. Firstly we were a girls sweep crew and being chased by a mens quad and secondly I learned the difference between port and starboard. Des was our coxswain […]

How to Steer Henley – coxed or coxless

Henley Royal Regatta, start line, Rowing race

Expert coxswain Andrew Probert and Julie Hogg share their tips for steering Henley Royal Regatta course – an extract from their ebook. The Henley start has a Y pole which lines up with a red circle on another pole behind where the picture is taken. For coxless boats this gives you the ‘line’. Despite being the […]

Racing Starts for rowing

rowing crew, racing rowers, world rowing

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. If not for anything else, so for next year’s regatta season. I stroke a Masters G and H 8+. I am […]

Seat Racing Book review

Book review of Definitive Guide to Rowing Seat Racing – a collaboration between myself, Keith and my daughter Jasmine. Jasmine has been a school rower for the past 5 years and has fallen victim to the unfairness of one form of seat boat racing. Overall it is a well versed and a well thought out […]

FISA racing lane rule change

World Rowing Athletes Commission on Facebook

The rules of rowing racing can seem fixed to many competitors in domestic competition but at the international level they get discussed with opportunities for change put forward by the athletes.  We spotted this update from the FISA Athletes Commission group – these are volunteers who jointly represent the athlete body to the World Rowing […]

Sliding Rigger story by Volker Nolte

Volker Nolte, rowing author and expert coach

Volker Nolte met me at the World Masters Games a year ago and told me this tale about how he was involved in the development of the (now banned) sliding rigger single scull.  Here it is reproduced in full from the Rowing Tales book.  Buy yours on Amazon, Kindle or from the Rowperfect store.  At […]

Would you review our Seat Racing book?

Rowing seat racing book

We’ve just published a new ebook on Seat Racing for crew selection and we are keen to get some reviewers.  Read on to find out how. Seat Racing can be confusing There are a lot of different ways to run seat racing – we even found coaches and coxswains who advocate AGAINST using it for […]

Magik Oarlocks go faster for Synek

synek Magik oarlock

If you’ve ever seen a photo of the sculling champion, Ondrej Synek in his single scull, you may have noticed that he uses different oarlocks from the rest of the field.  They’re made by Magik Rowing and are designed to increase the ‘grip’ on the water compared to a normal gate. Magik Oarlocks reduce slip […]

Vlad Timinski (CAN) 1k race video

GoPro in single scull rowing 2k

This is his first 2k race of the year – it’s clearly cold and so I wouldn’t expect fast times.  I think he did about 7.37. What’s interesting is his breathing – you can hear him inhale at the catch and exhale at the finish.  This implies that he inhales again during the recovery.  Is […]