Category Archives: Racing

Basel Head 100 boats racing 6.4 km

Biggest Head Race in German-speaking countries The 9th Basel Head eights regatta will be held on the River Rhine in Switzerland’s Basel city centre on the 17th November 2018. This race is the largest head race in the German speaking countries for years . More than 130 crews have entered the 2018 event, which is now established as […]

It’s Head Racing Season!

Pairs Head Rowing Racing on Tideway London

Head racing requires totally different tactics from side by side.  Mostly because the clock is a different motivator than another crew alongside you.  But that’s not the only difference. 5 Reasons Head Racing is the BEST It tests your personal motivation and drive – like no other. Steering is critical to success – it can […]

Regatta commentary, regattas really glisten when it’s fun to listen

Commentators can turn a good race into a ‘cracker‘. It’s so important to be prepared, have some background knowledge and good insights. That’s one aim of FISA’s international regatta commentary team.  Paul Castle* is one of the team and maybe the most prominent. His skilled and multilingual regatta commentary is known from Olympic and World Championships.  […]

Rowing in Lithuania

Rima Karaliene is a woman inspired.  Her Father rowed for Lithuania during the Communist times and she has written a book about his story called “Rowing though the Barbed Wire fence”. The USSR was a composite country of Soviet Socialist Republics – Lithuania was not an independent nation.  The national rowing federation favoured athletes from […]

Crew Watch App

CrewWatch app, rowing app

Crew Watch is an app made by rowers for rowers that aims to solve many of the common struggles associated with coaching rowing. The Crew Watch team is comprised of Matthew Fournier and Patrick McVey, who have both been heavily involved in the Canadian rowing community for the past twelve years, as both athletes and […]

Masters pre-race practice

So the FISA Masters is coming up and you are getting crews together and reviewing the entries. Time for your personal investment in improving your racing. 1k Race Planning Everyone has a variation on their race plan –  do a good start, plan a push at 250 and a big one at 500m gone then […]

Masters training programme – half way

Tyred Swans, Masters Rowing Club, Auckland New Zealand

I am training for our New Zealand – Masters Rowing National Championships and my crew, The Tyred Swans are all using Marlene Royle’s 1k racing training programme.  How are we doing? The overall programme is very detailed at the beginning of the book covering all types of training session so it’s clear what each session […]

Will you race FISA Masters this year?

rowing 1k training program, Marlene Royle, Will Ruth

There are three months to go before race day!  If you need a training programme, get Marlene Royle’s 1k Racing program and Will Ruth’s 1k Strength Training Program for your crew. Both are written as a 3 month training programme. FISA Masters 1k racing training plan Within these rowing training programs you will find: In […]

Commonwealth Beach Sprint Rowing Regatta

rowing, beach sprint rowing,

There’s an exciting new format for rowing races called Beach Sprint Rowing.  RowingChat interviewed Guin Batten and she talked about improving the “excitement factor” with a race concept that includes a lot of “jeopardy”.  This is now the first ever 2018 Commonwealth Beach Sprint Rowing Regatta to be held in Poole, UK. This summer there is […]

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 […]