Feathering on the drive and feathering into the body is the subject of this “dock talk” by Marlene Royle.
How to move the feather to the recovery
Marlene observed from her coaching
People initiated the release at the right moment but their weight was continuing into the bow as they feathered and that was making it too long and everyone lost suspension at that point.
The “King of the Mountain” drill is covered in detail in Troy Howell’s ebook – Achieving Ease and Comfort in the Boat.
Sculling Release Drill
The goal of the drill is to hold the suspension through the follow-through and not to use the body weight through the transition. This is the drill we worked on – it may take you all season to perfect this in your single or double. If you can do this in your double or quad together then you’ll win races.
The purpose is to go through the drill without the riggers moving. This is how we learn to row with the blades off the water. It’s also how we learn to row in rough water.
Do 4 or 5 repeats and then row off. Do it while resting between pieces. Do it frequently. And do it with one hand if you can’t do it with two hands. Release and then feather away from your body.
Make your release and then feather with the top of the blade moving towards the bow.
Marlene demonstrates the sculling oar extraction from the water with one hand.
The handle drops and the oar comes above the water surface.
The oar feathers once clear of the water surface – handle stays at the same height
Added bonus – Marlene demonstrates an open palm grip on the handle which is another useful exercise for the sculling finish.
If you have a speed coach or the crew nerd app – put it onto meters per second you can see quickly any speed changes that you do. When you nail the release, you’ll both both go faster.