Rebecca Caroe

  • What does it take to excel in competitive youth rowing eights?
    A question from Quora

    Firstly, you have to enjoy the sport. Go join a group with fun people in it and enjoy meeting them when you train. [This is […]

  • Fred – thanks for this. You are the first respondent I’ve had who has suggested solutions – which is really constructive. Does your club have a juniors program?

  • What land exercises can I do to improve slide control, so that I have more control going to the catch position?

    Great question – and fantastic that you what to self-tutor on this.  Getting into the habit of […]

  • The mud has flown around the internet as the US Rowing board resigned, got reinstated, they fired their High performance Director and complaints and demeanours were aired in public.

    Whatever governance issues […]

    • Fred – thanks for this. You are the first respondent I’ve had who has suggested solutions – which is really constructive. Does your club have a juniors program?

  • Thanks Daniel – we are waiting for it to enter full production – this was a demo unit based on an earlier design.

  • The OarFlex handle is sold by the people who make the rival “Indoor Rower” from Australia. I’m guessing it can be switched onto any machine. It has a spring in the connection to the chain so it takes the load up at the catch designed to mimic the way a oar flexes as it takes the strain when first placed under the water’s surface.

  • Martha – that’s a good point you make. Which countries run lightweight events for school kids? I know New Zealand does.

  • Like many people, I read the Boys in the Box report.  However nobody is going to change the US system in the way the author recommends – we aren’t set up to create Olympians in school – we’ve established to p […]

  • I have a number of questions please :- 1. Difference between RP3, RP3S and Rowperfect Indoor Sculler. 2. UK price. 3. Where we can try it. 4. Comparisons with Oartec Slider and Concept Dynamic.

    Answers […]

    • Hi Rebecca,
      In the 1st article comparing the 3 ergs, the author talks about a ”oarflex” handle. I have not seen this on my recent RP3S but it it sounds like something interesting to explore. Could you please tell if this can be mounted on an existing RP3S and where I can purchase it ? Thanks !

      • The OarFlex handle is sold by the people who make the rival “Indoor Rower” from Australia. I’m guessing it can be switched onto any machine. It has a spring in the connection to the chain so it takes the load up at the catch designed to mimic the way a oar flexes as it takes the strain when first placed under the water’s surface.

  • The FISA decision Craig references is here.

  • A guest post from Troy Howell Queens of Turd Mountain 
    n.b. the phrase is not mine.  I first heard it from Wes Ng at his 2016 Joy of Sculling presentation, and whether or not it’s original with him, I thank hi […]

  • Coaching “The Catch” a guest post by HowardtheCoach
    If you Google the term “catch” you find “intercept and hold (something which has been thrown, propelled, or dropped”) and in rowing “the catch” is preci […]

    • I agree with everything Howard says, except for squaring up well before reaching the front stops.

      When I started Masters rowing, the coaches tried to make me square up early, but there is something about my coordination that screws up my rowing trying this. I naturally square up as I let the oar start to drop. It also creates a natural bow splash. It also minimizes wind resistance, the blade is the least aerodynamically efficient part of the boat. It is designed to offer maximum resistance when in the water, minimum resistance is when feathered out of the water.

      Imagine my relief the first time I rowed a pair with an ex-world cup medalist and found he squared up the same way. SmartOar data showed we had nearly identical catch, release timing and force curve shape (except he was stronger than I was). And, how many 70+ lightweights can say they saw a split rate of 1:31 in a pair?

  • Totally agree that quitting is not an option, John. My worry is that IOC members’ votes [apparently] can be bought and few understand rowing.

  • RowingChat today was with Guin Batten a pioneer leading new racing formats for beach rowing, coastal rowing and an energetic ambassador for the sport.

    She has taken on many new challenges such as rowing in the […]

  • Thanks Daniel – it really is a “rock and a hard place” situation. I find it odd that the principle of inclusivity whereby Olympic sports are judged by the number of COUNTRIES taking part doesn’t over-ride the lightweight element. More countries have light than heavy athletes… but hey, it’s not my fight – even though I’m deeply interested in…[Read more]

  • It’s Head Racing Season – all you need to know

    Winter is marching past and spring will shortly be happening in the rowing world this means we are focused on head racing. The UK pinnacle events are the Tideway […]

  • A guest post by Craig Allely

    The current proposal by FISA to change the Olympic Rowing Events to fit in with the grand plan by the International Olympic Committee is another schizophrenic attempt by FISA to […]

    • Hmm…where to begin….I do understand the anger that the FISA proposals have produced across some parts of the rowing community, but the facts of the matter are that the Olympics are still the biggest multi-sports event in the world, and the Olympics (under the “leadership” of Thomas Bach) are changing.
      I think a lot of Olympic sports were given a real wake-up call by what happened to wrestling. To avoid the same fate they have to be seen to be adapting and modernising. For rowing this means attaining gender parity…7 events for men and 7 for women (currently it’s 8:6).
      Both of the proposals being presented to the FISA Congress this week would achieve that gender parity. The FISA Council recommend replacing the LM4- with the W4-. The 2nd proposal (sponsored by a number of countries) recommends replacing the M4- with the LW4-. So, to clarify one of the points made by Craig, whichever proposal is accepted the number of rowers will actually remain the same, we will keep a 4-oared boat. The question is will it be a lightweight or an open-weight boat.
      The IOC have long complained about the fact the rowing is the only sport (outside of weightlifting and combat sports) to have weight restricted events. As early as 2003 there were calls from the Olympic Programme Commission to remove lightweight rowing from the Games entirely. Now, with the new Agenda 2020, the IOC assume control over not only what sports are included in the Games but also which events within those sports. This gives them free reign to drop the 3 current lightweight rowing events from the programme for Tokyo if they so desire.
      The problem facing Jean-Christophe Rolland is how to protect rowing’s inclusion in the biggest event in the world of sport. Without the Olympics rowing would become even more of a minority sport than it already is. Funding would disappear overnight as would 90% of sponsorship. Rowing would die.
      The approach FISA are taking is the most pragmatic it could be, whilst not proposing a complete overhaul of the programme. By recommending the removal of the LM4- (an event loved by rowers but not by the IOC) and replacing it with the W4- it is hoped the IOC will be satisfied and allow for both the Light doubles to continue. So, ironically, by sacrificing the LM4- it may actually ensure the continuation of lightweight sculling in the Olympics.

      • Thanks Daniel – it really is a “rock and a hard place” situation. I find it odd that the principle of inclusivity whereby Olympic sports are judged by the number of COUNTRIES taking part doesn’t over-ride the lightweight element. More countries have light than heavy athletes… but hey, it’s not my fight – even though I’m deeply interested in the outcome.

    • Totally agree that quitting is not an option, John. My worry is that IOC members’ votes [apparently] can be bought and few understand rowing.

    • The FISA decision Craig references is here.

  • Rowperfect is sponsoring the Womens Eights Head Small Club pennant for the 2017 race, donating a Coxmate Audio as a prize for the winning crew.

     

     

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    Our Sydney Summit is our second athlete-led forum. We are eager to discuss solutions to the hot topic of athlete wellbeing and career transition. The event plan has well and truly […]

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    The software is amazing! 
    In my humble opinion (as a professional marketer) I think you maybe missing a trick here as to how you are […]

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