Rowing through the storm

Every rower hopes for perfect, glass-like conditions when they get out on the water. If only the rivers and lakes we set our boats on were free from pesky wind and challenging weather. We might be lucky enough in the early morning for relative calm, but it’s a near certainty that one of these days you’ll […]

Coaching your coxswain – yes, you CAN

Bad coxing starts with poor coaching. Improved coxing comes from an understanding of the best way to instruct. Few coaches have been coxswains and so take a quick educational guide from a Coxswain, Chelsea Dommert, who found that she was frustrated by the un-clear instructions she got from her coach.  So she wrote the book […]

Gender imbalance in rowing

Some weeks ago we have reported about the change of the Olympic rowing schedule and a FISA decision in 2017. The lightweight men’s four was removed from the Olympic programme in favour of the women’s four, which last appeared at the Games in Barcelona. Canada won gold; Great Britain finished eighth. This is the first […]

Horizontal loading and Rowing – linking the gym to the boat

What’s the difference between rowing and your normal exercises in the gym? Read the following post from our partner BATLogic  about horizontal loading and rowing It would be easy to take the mountain of biomechanical data about running, walking or weightlifting and attempt to apply it to the rowing movement. However the building blocks of […]

One Thing to Teach Scullers to Do Better (Part 4)

Five Drills for Teaching/Learning the Use of the Hands in Sculling. 1. Learning to maintain the wrists “flat and neutral during the Extraction – (Square-Blade Paddling): Avoid the use of the word “drop” – It is very negative, and refers to something which happens by accident, rather than by design, eg., “drop the blade out […]

How to Christen Your Boat!

When did you last participate in a boat christening ceremony? I participated last weekend at a club nearby. The ceremony was embedded in a summer party with 52 persons. Place and audience were just small enough to maintain all social distancing rules. As always, this kind of ceremony is a fun way to welcome a […]

Rowing Art

Here is another story of individuals finding a way out of the Corona Crises. Crafting rowing art. Glen Colechin knew exactly what to do. He suddenly found himself with a lot of extra time and startet to sell sculptures. He told me:”I make sculptures as a living, but have always needed the push to get […]

Rowing the Erg in the Hospital

This is a story about a very strong individual. Dan Lynch. Dan is a 58 year-old rower fighting a rare cancer diagnosis (Mantle Cell Lymphoma). He proudly continued to row through the last 18 month of his treatment. His erg is with him in the hospital.  Dan will row the Great Lakes challenge organized by […]

Rowing the Erg in the Hospital

This is a story about a very strong individual. Dan Lynch. Dan is a 58 year-old rower fighting a rare cancer diagnosis (Mantle Cell Lymphoma). He proudly continued to row through the last 18 month of his treatment. His erg is with him in the hospital.  Dan will row the Great Lakes challenge organized by […]