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Effective Rowing Techniques For Any Sized Boat

Jan 3, 2008
Learning to row takes patience and energy. Furthermore, rowing is an activity which demands a great deal of physical strength and determination to achieve, and demands a high level of dexterity and coordination for any level of success. In this article we will look at the best way to find a rowing technique that suits you, whilst also looking at the various elements which make up successful rowing in any size of vessel.

Firstly, you should take into consideration the size and purpose of your boat. If you are rowing for sport, for example, you will have different requirements from someone rowing a small fishing boat, and your techniques and equipment will also substantially vary. Either way, the rowing technique you use should be roughly similar in propelling your boat and the need for coordination.

The first thing to bear in mind when rowing is that you are aiming to propel your vessel through the water by resisting with the flat face of your oars. Additionally, you should remember to rotate the oars as you go to enable easier entry back into the water. Another good tip to bear in mind is that you should row with your whole body. By leaning right forward into the stroke and pulling all the way back, you are vastly increasing the power you can generate by using your whole body mass to create the necessary resistance. This, combined with a strong rhythm is the best way to powerful propel your boat.

When turning in a boat, you must again think about the size of your vessel. Whereas a one man operation requires you only to be more powerful in one arm, a larger vessel for sports purposes requires co-ordination and synchronization in order to create the necessary directional change. On top of that, you will also be concerned with propelling the boat at speed, which is where a good Cox comes in. His or her instructions should focus on driving the boat to its end destination ahead of the competition, and this position demands a great deal of foresight and tactics.

Whatever type of boat you are rowing, be it on your own in a small fishing boat or with a team for sport, it is essential that you maintain a powerful and rhythmic stroke as you go. By ensuring you keep a synchronized and coordinated approach, you will ultimately see smoother rowing and increased control of your vessel.
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