Category Archives: Technique

How different is coastal rowing technique?

How Different, Exactly, is Coastal Rowing asks Ruth Marr from Rowing the World rowing vacations.   You are a flatwater rower intrigued by coastal rowing. What is this mountain biking of rowing? Swedish Olympic rower Lassi Karonen who rowed at the 2013 World Rowing Coastal Championships is quoted on the World Rowing website: “The similarity […]

The science behind heels up or heels down

Heels up towards catch

A guest post by Sara Hendershot Lombardi at Rowefficient. The science behind this rowing question should I have my Heels Up or Heels Down as I approach the catch?  It’s a perennial question. Let’s dig into the science here. We get this question a lot…should I be letting my heels come off the footplate when […]

Oh, Goodness HRR. Improve your photos

Oh so pretty but can you scull

Leaders in rowing should always emphasise good rowing technique.  This is a soapbox that I’ve ranted on before here, Tiny bits of information all add up in the mind of a reader and so bad or poor quality rowing technique should never be allowed to reach the public, especially when a venerable institution like the […]

Jim Joy versus the Rowing Stroke

Jimmy Joy - rowing coach

One of our popular rowing expert authors is Jimmy Joy – founder of the Joy of Sculling conference and author of books on the subject.  He takes an unique approach to our sport.  I received this message from him recently. Hi Rebecca: At the urging of friends I have taken ownership of the stroke cycle. […]

What causes skying at the catch?

Perfect catch backsplash rowing,

What are the most probable rigging / sequencing causes of recovering with blades too high off the water / dipping the hands at the catch and skying the blade? So first things first – if someone is rigged too high, they may have difficulty putting the blades fully under the water at the catch. Check […]

The rowing stroke catch – a millisecond

The catch is one of the most important parts of the rowing stroke and it’s over in a fraction of time. It probably takes between 0.3-04 second for the catch to be executed. And during that timeframe, the athlete has to steady themselves into the front, have the blade square, turn their core on, put […]

Robbie Manson’s sculling style

Robbie Manson at the catch, poised (with a relaxed neck and shoulders), powerful, connected, maximally compressed in his legs like a coiled spring. The beginning of the drive: as the legs begin driving the hips back, his back immediately works hard against the legs, the spine elongating itself, reaching its maximum length below left : […]

Teaching the swing for rowing stroke

Coaching Rowing Swing

In Marlene’s description of the sculling stroke she describes preferring applying the swing earlier in the stroke than what other coaches have instructed (legs, back, arms)  please provide the rationale for this preference. Marlene Royle’s answer: I do not coach an extremely segmented style, I coach a more collected style emphasizing drive suspension and body […]

Boat set-up for the inflexible

Rowing rigging, rowing inflexible,

Marlene Royle has some rigging tips for situations when you have an athlete who is not flexible and finds it hard to get into the correct position for rowing.  These originated in the Rowing Technique and Aging podcast episode. And are covered in more detail in the Adapting Technique ebook.  First set the heights Marlene advises […]