It helps to reinforce mine too - no wonder I prefer sailing! A person of anything less than Olympic fitness and physique could easily get hurt doing a few minutes of that!It looks unnatural and extremely stressful to me, but I assume this illustrates the way to row in competition rather than "For Pleasure".I see the hands aren't overlapping. It seems there are differing views on this.All the best, Patrick
It would seem to me that this is a further reason to build your boat with sliding seats.
Oh dear. Clearly the message has not been getting across.This is the way to row smoothly and efficiently, to cover the distance with an easy stroke. Olympic fitness is not required unless you are racing.Sliding seats are for racing. They are sprint mechanisms for getting the maximum speed over a short distance. Over the longer distance, this action can be kept up for hours. And yes, it is pleasurable. I had a lot of fun today doing just that.
No, honestly, I'm serious! He's stretching too far forwards and outwards for comfort, and leaning back to an extreme angle - too far for safety, let alone comfort. I'm sure the recommended upper body angles for sliding seat rowing are nothing like so extreme. Of course he is probably a very fit athlete, and accustomed to competition rowing. If I thought all rowing had to be like this I would buy an outboard!
Chris , I would say that the technique as shown would be very dificult to keep up for any extended time.Crossed hands would give you better gearing , and perhaps a greater distance between seat and oarlock would allow him to lean further forward in the catch and not quite so far back at the end of the stroke. I would favour staight arms through more of the power stroke.Perhaps this technoque was developed for sprints?
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