Category Archives: Racing

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 […]

Vesta Member *screams* at HORR

The Cancer Research UK Boat Races

Jock McKerrell a member at Vesta Rowing Club, Putney, writes in Row360 about the crazy date situation for the 2018 Tideway Eights head races and the Boat Race. THE FUTURE OF THAMES TIDEWAY RACES FOR EIGHTS? There are three head of the river races run on the Thames tideway between Chiswick and Putney on weekends […]

Remote steering for blind rowers

blind rower, remote coxswain

Today we bring you a heartwarming story of a coach whose innovation enables his blind athlete to race against able-bodied athletes.  This was first published on Hear the Boat Sing   Her coach, Bob Berry tells us about the “Remote Coxswain” steering device he made for her. Sofia is a student of mine for the past two […]

Rigging For Lousy Weather

reaction from a coxswain the night before your first race buzzfeed rowing rowperfect

“…pay attention to the weather, [at the Charles] that’s key. We’ve had all sorts of conditions here. One year it snowed. People can get hypothermia here very quickly.” – HOCR Emergency Services Co-Chair Jonathan Ellis A guest post by Mike Davenport of MaxRigging This year is going to be your best Head of The Charles—ever! […]

Medals for Coaches?

Should we give medals to rowing coaches?

Should we give medals to coaches as well as athletes? Rachel Hooper gives her view (first published here) This summer saw coaches at the athletics world championships being awarded medals alongside their athletes for the first time. It’s certainly a nice gesture to recognise their efforts but at elite level, but it also  takes a […]

Original and novel regatta prize ideas

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There’s a great discussion growing on the Masters Rowing International Facebook page.  It’s all about what prizes should be awarded at regattas and who was delighted or bored with the current offerings. Please join the group and invite your friends.  Do we need more fun prizes at regattas? The thread started with this Something more […]

Pairs Head steering for novices

Pairs Head Rowing Racing on Tideway London

I’m a novice and I will be racing the Tideway Pairs Head of the River on 14th October.  Can you give me steering advice? It’s the start of the new head racing season and we have already had a reader enquiry. First job for you is to get our exclusive expert How To steer the […]

Rowsandall Rowing Data Analysis OFFER

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There is no shortage of training advice for rowers. “Train more”, “Avoid the black hole”, “Train smarter” (whatever that means), “Train like the Danes”, “Avoid junk meters”.  The best research has found that what works best for one rower might not work for another. So what can you do? Plan. Execute. Measure. Adjust. Repeat. Today […]

What is a ‘competitve’ rower?

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Andrea Buch writes I am looking for insights:  How does your club define ‘Competitive Masters’? What does it mean to be ‘a competitor’?  The more mature I get as an athlete, and the more athletes I encounter when I coach, the more intrigued I am by this question. There has been a softening in my […]