When planning my interview with Penny Chuter for RowingChat, I wanted to ask her
When watching rowing today, what’s the number one thing you think you’d like to teach athletes how to do better?
We ran out of time during the interview – but I asked her off -air and her answer was instructional.
Teach Scullers how to scull their boats level
The hull of a sculling boat is not symmetrical under the water line if you are not sculling the boat level. This leads to steering problems and “syncopated scullers”. I would draw coaches attention to this. Ensure your crew are sculling in time with each other (not syncopated). Blades in and out of the water at the same time. And also check that they are leading out with the left hand and sculling left in FRONT of right (not left over the top of right hand). The photos are Tim Crooks.
Sculling with hands close and left in front of right
Peter Michael Kolbe sculling with poor hand positions
Beryl Crockford and Lin Clark GBR WL2x