I am the steersman for my crew. And I find that I am moving my toe steering too much.
I have a really bad habit of getting a good point originally, but then moving my feet without noticing and going towards port. I’ve asked about locking the toe steering but my coach isn’t a fan. Advice?
I have a better solution than locking the steering.
Rowing toe steering
Try to work out where in the stroke your foot moves the steering wires – I’ll hazard a guess it’s during the transition from power phase to recovery.
- finish every stroke with your heel down, firmly pressed against the foot stretcher.
- rock over on the recovery keeping that heel firmly locked down
- only lift your heel up at the last moment before full compression
- during the power phase, get your heels down onto the foot stretcher early.
By giving your foot a clear reference point (the foot stretcher) you will minimise the chance of you moving the foot.
Filippi shoe clamp on footstretcher
In my boat, I have a further point of reference, I have a Filippi and the heel clamp on the foot stretcher is a lever. This can pivot around the mounting and I angle this toward my right (steering) foot so that my heel touches it when the rudder is straight. In this way, without looking, I can ‘feel’ if the rudder is straight.
Hope this helps.