Category Archives: Sculling

Do I REALLY need to do long distance training?

Is it tough to really row slow? Well it is not. Read what Marlene Royle has to say about this: “I call it Aerobic Discipline. If so, find out why those low intensity, long distance sessions are a must for your high performance racing months from now. Today, an e-mail message from a master rower read, […]

Teaching rowers Rhythm and Ratio

Moving Beyond a Simple Half Truth Let’s start by discussing an oft-cited and equally oft-misunderstood sacred cow: the idea of the 2 to 1 ratio between recovery and drive. This chestnut is something that is frequently used with beginning scullers and rowers when we are making our first efforts to teach them to slow down […]

Why all rowers need gloves…. sometimes

Why all rowers need gloves sometimes Rowperfect

Rowing has a macho image, particularly with regard to “hardening up” and “being tough”.  This shows up mostly around walking barefoot at regattas and “patent recipes” to cure hand blisters (no, urinating on your hands does not harden the skin!). Every rower gets blisters sometimes.  Many find training camps particularly tough time because increasing training to […]

Dan Boyne’s Rowing Tale

Rowing Tales 2018 cover

Dan Boyne, a resident of Boston, Massachusetts in the U.S., has served for many years as Harvard University’s Director of Recreational Rowing. He is also the author of Essential Sculling (The Lyons Press), Kelly: A Father, a Son, an American Quest (Mystic), and The Red Rose Crew: A True Story of Women, Winning and the […]

How to choose a rowing club

I have been coaching a young athlete who has ambitions to row at the Olympics – one of the things we discussed what how to find the right rowing club for her to join. Setbacks and red herrings I was very frustrated by being asked for advice (which club to join) only to find that […]

Shopping List Rowing Clothes for Winter

Great8, rowing 8, HOCR,

There’s a good Rowing Reddit community and this question was posted recently – What clothes to wear in winter? I need to look into rowing kit for when I go out onto the river. As I’ve just joined I use my gym top and shorts but that just won’t do in the winter when it […]

6 Ways to Treat a Rowing Blister

Olivia Flexing Rowing Gloves Rowperfect

What happens if despite your best efforts you finish the row with a new set of blisters? Rowing blisters are our most common injury.  Many are the theories and practices but here’s what I do and what I advise my athletes to do: The blister is still raised and filled with fluid.  Use a sterilised […]

Get ready for the new season

get ready, new rowing season preparation

Hooray it’s time to go rowing again!  In the northern hemisphere the autumn is time to get going in big boats ready for fall head racing and long distance training. But wait, your rowing club needs work first The equipment maintenance plan is essential to do first – before anything else. So set about organising […]

The grip in rowing technique

rowing sweep grip,

Grip is the way we hold the handles of the oar as we row. The oar is the lever we use to move the boat; the grip connects us to the oar and thus to the water. The better our grip, the better our control of the oar and the better we transfer our power. […]

The recovery in rowing technique

rowing technique, sweep technique, rowing recovery

The importance of the recovery and how it fits in the rowing and sculling stroke The rowing recovery is the part of the stroke where the rowers let the boat move and prepare for the next stroke. This happens during the time the blades are out of the water: from the time the blades are […]