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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 […]

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 […]