Category Archives: Sculling

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 […]

Our rowing eight can’t get in time

Rowing oars out of time.

Hi- When I row in an eight, I feel as if I am rowing uphill in wet cement. When we row by fours and I am in the 4 seat, the boat is stable, set and moving smoothly through the water. I am starting to hate rowing because I don’t see how we will ever […]

D3 tape testers wanted

D3 Kinesiology Tape

You will have seen the kinesiology strapping tape which physiotherapists use on their patients… well we’ve got some samples available for our readers to test out. Why haven’t I strapped my injured body before? Being able to strap up your own body to give support while you recover from an injury seems like a no-brainer.  […]

Top 3 stretches in rowing

Crouch adductor stretch for rowers

I get asked a lot of questions on Quora – here’s the most recent What are the 3 most important stretches for rowing? I think this is not the right question to ask.  Because everyone has a different body and differing flexibility.  I would reverse the question and ask whether you can achieve the body […]

I want a cheap rearview video for my single

A reader writes…. I recently fitted my phone (Samsung S4) to the footplate in my single, with a USB webcam connected via an OTG (On the go) cable mounted on the bows. The intention was to eliminate the requirement to look round, as I don’t find that as easy as I used to.  (I know […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 4 stretches for tired legs

Crouch adductor stretch for rowers

Sophie Mackenzie runs through her chosen stretches for rowers who have tired legs and tight muscles.  This is a sequence you can do after rowing – best tried as a crew. Sophie rowed for New Zealand and is a double world champion in LW2x.  She published her Stretching Poster for Rowers in April. Downward dog […]

Learn more rowing insider know-how

Rowperfect has set up an account on Slideshare where we publish information useful for coaches and athletes who want to improve their rowing, sculling and technique. You will find all our slide decks are available for download so you can use them for yourself. We are also honoured to share slides that readers of the […]

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 […]