Category Archives: World Rowing Championships

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 […]

Coastal Worlds in Canada – you coming?

The next World Coastal Championships in Victoria CANADA Event information has been released. The lovely folks at Euro Diffusion boatbuilders in France announce… It is with great pride that we announce that EURO DIFFUSION’S has been nominated to provide the equipment for the next World Championships in Victoria, British Columbia (CANADA) More than 48 boats will be […]

Oar Spotter the directory of rowing club colours

If you ever wondered how to design a rowing club oar blade paintwork, here’s your chance.  There’s a wonderful website called Oar Spotter where they have recorded every rowing club and their racing colours. Doug Rathburn the courageous man behind the website has created sub-lists for you to easily find your club. Firstly by country […]

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 : […]

The Swiss Rowing Joke

Rowing Tales, rowperfect, rowing anthology

Your weekend long read….thanks to Chris Dodd who contributed this to RowingTales – the anthology of rowing stories. In 1991 FISA’s annual meeting of all the commissions took place in Zagreb. Having never been to the area, I set off a few days early to explore before rowing matters intervened. Hardly had I reached Heathrow, […]

Top Rowing Moments from 2017

Thanks to Martin Cross who recorded his Best Rowing Moments from 2017 10 – Tom Barras GBR Single Sculler at Sarasota World Rowing Championships 9 – Hungarian 2+ Coxed pair vs Australians – finish at World Champs 8 – Irish lightweight mens pair LM2- Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll sensational high rating 7 – Final of […]

Retired professional athlete? CTL Sport needs you

Crossing the Line Sport

Crossing the Line aims to bring greater insight and understanding into the retirement process and wellbeing of elite athletes. Which is why we’re proud to support new research into athlete transition, conducted by CTL partner, Chris Mordue. The research is focused on the following question: How does retiring from elite sport affect the identity and […]

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 […]

Future for Rowing Lightweights at the Olympics

Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls,

Paul Hart writes Given the planned limitations at the next Olympics( a single men’s and women’s lightweight event), is there any hope for the future of lightweight rowing? That’s a hard one… We read the interview that Mike Rowbotham did on the Inside the Games website with JC Rolland “Bleak Future for Lightweights beyond Tokyo” […]