FISA Rowing Boat Rigging Survey


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2006 FISA Rigging Survey

During the Eton  World Rowing Championships 2006 Rosie Mayglothling, British Rowing‘s Technical Director led a team who measured every boat used at the regatta.  This is the result of her findings.

Rosie gave the Rowperfect 2004 seminar on British Rowing Technique.  Here are her slides.

Rigging Oars Survey sheet 1 – individual measurements for oars and sculls in the regatta organised by boat type (1x, 2x, 2-, 4-, 4x, 8+) and male / female as well as lightweight / heavyweight and adaptive.  Includes oar type, length, outboard, inboard, spoon type, spoon length.

Rigging Survey Results – measurements for every seat in each boat including

  • Gearing: span, spread, oar length, oar gearing ratio, sculls overlap
  • Manufacturer: boat make, rigger type, blade type
  • Arc Position: distance through the work, line of work, footstretcher angle
  • Relative Height: swivel to seat, seat above heels
  • Athlete: arm span, shin, thigh, trunk, upper arm, forearm

Rigging survey – measurements -Definitions of each measurement and measurement method.

Explanatory Notes

The FISA Rigging Survey is now available on the FISA website but there are important points to be considered when viewing the data.

  1. The data was collected by a team who used the protocol for measuring agreed with FISA. The definition for the measurement can be opened up as a comment box at the top of each column.
  2. There are three boat diagrams which should assist in identifying how and where the measurements were made.
  3. There are a series of captioned pictures which should assist in identifying equipment such as blade and rigger types.
  4. The data is sorted by boat class, then finishing order at the World Championships.
  5. All boats had a semi survey which was conducted on the rack. Apart from the eights all boat classes had a full survey on at least 50% of the boats.
  6. These measurements may not be as the coach recorded them but since a small team of people measured all the boats in a consistent way there is a good comparison across and between boat classes.
  7. The racking grouped boat classes together so blades on the rack were taken as belonging to the boat.
  8. The athlete anthropometric measurements were calculated from photographs. There was an inconsistent problem with the parallax on the height measurements and this has not been included in the data sheets.
  9. 00 in a box means we do not have these measurements for this boat.

If there are measurements missing or that are inaccurate (not just a slight variation) then please send an email with the correction and your position in your federation to

The Amateur Rowing Association (GBR) conducted a Rigging Survey for FISA during the 2006 World Rowing Championships at Dorney Lake, Eton. After consultation with FISA it was agreed that the Rigging Team would take the following measurements. The Points of Reference have been agreed as those most commonly used in World Rowing.

The Data Sheet

The data sheet is arranged into 6 areas with a main heading and subheadings.

  1. General Information – This includes the date the boats were measured, identifies Olympic from Non Olympic boat classes, and if the survey was full or partial. The full survey includes measurements from inside the boat. The next three columns identify the event the finish position and the country. Data Sheet Columns A, B, C, D, F, G.
  2. Manufacturers Information – This includes the boat and oar make, the rigger type and if the boat had enclosed buoyancy chambers. If the boats were underweight and carried weights providing they were visible this was recorded along with the location. Data Sheet Columns H, I, J, K, L.
  3. Gearing Information – This includes the position in the boat together with the span or spread and all the information about the oar. Data Sheet Columns M, N, O. P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W.
  4. The Arc Position – This locates the position of the athlete in the boat by giving foot stretcher angle and position and the maximum distance through the line of work the seat can travel. Data Sheet Columns X, Y, Z, AA.
  5. Height Measurements – This has the relationship between the feet seat and swivel heights. Data Sheet Columns AB, AC, AD, AE.
  6. Athlete Information – This has the anthropometric measurements for the athletes. This data was taken from photographs taken at athlete registration. Data Sheet Columns AF, AG, AH, AI, AJ, AK.

Rigging Survey – All boats:


The measuring team:

Will George, Bruce Grainger, Sarah Harris, Stuart Jolly, Steve Kerr, Valery Kleshnev, Sergie Kleshnev, Rosie Mayglothling, Kate O’Sullivan

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