It’s always exciting to see new products for rowing and sculling come to market. But it’s rare for us to get involved in early user testing at the prototype stage of a new rowing oar design.
Oar engineering diagram. Image credit: British Journal of Sports Medicine
We were delighted that the team at Oscar Propulsion got in touch to ask the Rowperfect community to help out.
Can you help a new rowing product with user feedback?
I saw your website which spoke of sourcing rowing coaches; I am writing to tell you of our need.
We are a company who have developed an oar which delivers 2% or more power to the water for the same effort by the oarsman. The oar was tested at Leander in October last year and the oarsman and his coach both stated that the oar definitely delivered more power and allowed the oarsman to hold on to the stroke for longer.
We have since carried out some modifications and now need to run some timed on-water trials to provide comparative data between our oars and unmodified oars. We have an oarsman prepared to carry out the trials but need a coach to supervise him and provide independent verification.
We are happy to pay for the coach’s time and expenses. There is likely to be an ongoing need for their services.
If you can think of anyone who might be able to help with this that would be most welcome.
David Taylor, CEO
OSCAR PROPULSION LTD
Are you a rowing coach who can help out?
In the comments below please write your name, club name and the stretch of water where you have a measured distance which can do on-water trials. We will forward your contact information to the Oscar Propulsion team and they will get in touch.
Note this ONLY applies to United Kingdom based athletes and coaches.