What is the best measurements for sculling blades, & how do you best decide how far away should your foot stretcher be?
I am 173cm 71.9kg old vet D male.
That’s a very tough question because it depends on
- your flexibility
- your strength
- your sculling skill
So setting aside the fact that I don’t know you at all nor your rowing style. here’s a suggestion
Sit at the finish – legs straight and handles brushing your shirt.
Adjust the foot stretcher so you have between one fist and one and a half fists widths between the ends of the scull handles.
That is standard advice for all scullers. If you are a novice, you may need more width, if you’re skilled you can get away with less.
the length of sculling blades depends on
- your strength
- the span between the oarlocks on your boat (I am assuming this is for a single scull and is 159 or 160cm)
As far as scull length – go for 287 cm long or 288 cm if you are very strong and skilful and an inboard measurement of 88.5 cm. If you are stronger and skilful you can cope with something shorter because you can rate higher. If you are not as skilled you probably want to go for longer sculls if you are reasonably strong.
287:88 – go for this as the starting point.
If this is too easy i.e. the work isn’t loading up then try longer on the outboard and leave the inboard the same i.e. 287.5:88 or 288:88
If you can’t lift your rate to sprint in at the end of a race it’s generally recognised that your gearing is on the heavy side.
One last bit of advice – only change one thing at a time. SO, don’t do span plus altered sculls… change one thing; test it over a measured distance at a set rate. Then live with it for a couple of outings before changing something else.
I hope this helps.
Any readers have any other advice?