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Imagine that there is a muscle that is called “Mental Strength”. Could you train it? (Photo Credit: wikimedia Comments)

Rowperfect has tried to research this and believes: Yes, we can train our mental strength. When we go through the world of elite sports and watch the big athletes, Jeannine Gmelin, Madalena Lobnig, Oliver Zeidler and others, these are all athletes who show us one thing – extreme mental strength.

Mental strength goes through your head:

Today we know that the cradle of our beliefs lies in the mid brain in the symbiotic system. Here, modern mental training sets the lever. It’s about methods and techniques for improving mental abilities and skills (imagination). Underlying is the realization that we influence our subconscious with our thoughts in such a way that it is decided in our heads about the success or failure of our actions. Mental training is the learning or improvement of a rowing movement, an action, a situation in the water, a state, a day of the competition through intensive, repeated, conscious imagining, without performing it physically at the same time. Ideomotor training causes a weak contraction of the muscles. (Carpenter-Effekt) (Credit)

Is there a secret to mental strength? Magdalena and Barnaby Sympathetic athletes with mental strength:

Yes and no. All successful athletes show a similar pattern: I read in Training world: A mental strong rower…

  • achieve relatively consistent performance regardless of situational factors;
  • maintain a confident, positive, optimistic outlook, even if the situation does not look good, and he will not “suffocate” under pressure;
  • coping with distractions, without allowing it to affect optimum focus;
  • Tolerate pain and discomfort;
  • stay persistent when the going gets tough;
  • have the resilience to quickly leave disappointments behind.
Train your mental strength with goals and visualization:

Most great athletes set goals with their coaches: short, medium and long term. Currently, Tokyo is a long-term goal of what many athletes have set themselves after Rio. Other goals could be: Improvement of the 2000 m Ergo time between October and April by x percent (short term), “top three performance” in the World Cup (medium term), or participation in the qualification race for the Olympics (short / medium term).

Most athletes think about an successful ending. Thinking of the victory won. In the head is solidified again and again, how it is when 250 m after the start, for example, I am lying on position 3. They remember what it is like to be on the podium, or to overtake the opponent after 1750 m. They think that at crucial moments, they either go beyond themselves. They firmly believe that they get better at every stage of the rowing.

Are these secrets? Not really. There are many training methods today that can improve mental strength. Of course mental strength is – as one suspects, also a question of the athlete personality. Not every athlete thinks that his “glass is half full”. So – if you want to train mental strength – talk to your coach as well. He usually has a lot of racing experience and knows how to proceed. 

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Gloves are a hotly discussed theme while you’re on the water. Should I wear gloves while rowing, kayaking or while on the SUP?
If you ask fitness athletes so there is a broad consensus for gloves. Top athletes and many racing athletes tend to reject gloves for water sports enthusiasts. But what are the best gloves for water sports enthusiasts or rowers?

Elastic materials protect your hand from fingernail scratches

Rowperfect is offering one of the leading brands since many years. A good and much worn glove for water sports. The customers are diversified: in fitness sports and also in competitive sports. In search of the optimal glove for water sports (many rowers are also kayakers or SUPer) we spoke with experts and companies. And we have found a product that is really good and inexpensive.

The best gloves for water sports: the first test

Doris, Marit, Isabel (also Kayaker) and Bernd have worn the product. Different colours, different sizes. Doris gives us your rating here:
She and her 4x crew had just getting ready for the regatta season, as well as for Vestas Head (8+) in England. Apart from the 4x she also rows in the 8+. She has trained several times a week with the glove range offered by Rowperfect. Read what she says about the product:

Final assessment: R-Perfect Watersport Gloves for Athletes

“At first I was very sceptical about the new R-Perfect gloves. I had never worn rowing gloves before that had an elastic transition at the transition from hand to arm. All other gloves only had Velcro. But I have found that is a very big advantage when rowing. When wearing other gloves, the Velcro bands did touch each other, when I had pulled both arms all the way back. Here, I had no glove to velcro glove contacts with the gloves from Rowperfect.
Grasping water: “Due to the semi-finger design, I have wonderful “direct” contact with the water. They are really gloves for water sports”.

R-Perfect glove. Inside with anti slip and “Air Vent Triangle”

She also likes the fit of the gloves, because they are not too “baggy”. Taking them on and off is also easy. And about the grip on the sweep and scull she says:

“The R-Perfect gloves are pretty thin and keep good contact with sweep and scull. The grip on wooden handles is even better, if I wet the gloves. It is not exactly blister-friendly, but the grip on the handle is great – and water does not harm the gloves”.
Material: “The material feels really good and the glove looks classy. I thought at first sight he would not be stable enough, but far from it. The adhesion of the Anti Slip looks good, unlike my other Rowperfect gloves. In addition, I find the colour palette with pink-blue-gray and black very pretty.
Moisture and ventilation: “I have not felt any annoying sweat until now. In the palm of your hand is probably a vent triangle which helps a lot.”

R-R-Perfect glove by Rowperfect. Light, handy and hard-wearing

Blisters: With the 4-finger design of the traditional Rowperfect gloves, I can row very well. Only the small, 5th finger had no leather – and therefore no blister protection – this was a problem when sweep rowing.

Pressure absorption and pull-through: no scratches on the back of the hand:

“Our women crew has only been training together for a few weeks now and the boat is still in “good” condition. With gloves that are open at the back of, there were always scratches on my port side hand, when rowing in 4x. Sometimes the boat wobblers had to be cushioned with my hands. That was not an issue when wearing the R-Perfect gloves.

Conclusion:

I no longer wear bicycle gloves. They are too thick. I now have Rowtex, the traditional “Textured Gloves” from Rowperfect and now the new R-Perfect ones. If I’m honest, I would give the structured, textured gloves a 4* rating, and the new R-Perfect a 4.5*. They sit very well and bring me benefits: I no longer scratch the back of my hand on the sculls and my little finger gets less blisters. My tip to the R-Perfect designers. The finger length could be 1-2 mm longer. Then one of my sensitive finger points would be covered. But that’s probably just the way my hands are.

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Dear Rowperfect,

we are having the pleasure to inform you that we received the Exceptional Permission from Egyptian Authorities to perform your 2019 Red Sea Rowing Tour

Some say, rowing is as old as humanity. Many findings in different cultural areas were proving, that rowing was an important activity next to plowing and hunting in Eqypt.

Red Sea Beaches along our row

In ancient Egypt, water transportation with a boat and the help of an oar had a particular function:  It was a vital necessity for trade and food hunting. Historians suggested that transportation of merchandise carried out by professional rowers were the main reasons for rowing in that time. Pleasure rowing came also in the picture: Rowing became a part of a cultural activity, such as boat trips to the great temples and pyramids.

Rowperfect is planning a Red Sea Coastal Rowing trip in Eqypt

We were orchestrating this trip for quite some time and finally we received the ok from the Eqyptian Government. We can start the detailed preparations now. The tour will start mid October 2019.

What is the Red Sea Coastal Rowing Tour?

This Red Sea Coastal Rowing tour is designed for rowers who want to spent seven or ten days in an oriental environment, not missing too much of the occidental rowing experiance. After we pick you up at the airport we take you to our boarding place and start rowing. You will discover the natural and historical treasures of the red sea. We board at Port Galib and row along the coats, visit Wadi el Gemal and other beautiful areas  during your holiday in Egypt.

Wadi el Gemal Park Where does the tour start:
  • You will arrive in Hurgarda Airport and will be transferred to our 1st. destination:
  • In Port Galib we will board our rowing boats and have a 7 or 10 day row.
 How many km will we row per day?
  • The 9 Night, 10 Day tour amounts to ca. 200 Km
  • Avg. Km per day will be 22_30 Km.
  • Lunch breaks after 15-km
  • We will be app. 4-5 hrs on the water
Where will we sleep?

We are sleeping in comfortable hotels, in double rooms. Sometimes also in cozy local accommodation near the sea. Off course you can also book your single room. Accommodation will be in two or three hotels along the route.

How do you organize the daily transfers?
  • A shuttle bus will transfer the rowers to and from the boats.
What cost per person is involved?
  • 3250 Euro for the 10 Day / 9 night tour
  • 2850 Euro for the 7 day / 6 night tour
  • Included are Full Board at our rowing days, (Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners)
    • Local and English speaking guides
    • Safety guards and authorities during trip
    • All transfers
  • Prices are based on 15 – 20 participants
  • extra charges might apply for
    • extra rooms and
    • extra nights
    • sightseeing and excursions.

Are you interested? Please ask for our detailed program.

Get 200€ off with discount code

Call us for an early 200 Euro “Bird Discount”. Call or send an email and ask for the booking form until June 1st. 2019. Fill out form and you will receive the discount code ask for the discount code.

Rowing in Eqypt has become very popular again in the last decade. Today, the Egypian Federation provides some of the best rowers in Africa as this video shows

Rowing Egypt Men's Four Building Up To Rio2016 - YouTube

This trip has never done before and will have a touch of an adventure. If you like to get some impressions of a tour on the Nile some years ago, pay a visit to our friend Helena: Credit or have a look at heartheboatsing.

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Hi Coaches, this is a great opportunity for you. Would you like to be a Rowing Coach in Switzerland? Working in Zürich, in one of the most prestigious rowing clubs in Switzerland?

We have received this Job Offer and are happy to pass this information to our audience. Here is your new job.

The BELVOIR RUDERCLUB in Zurich is one of the leading rowing clubs in Switzerland. Founded in 1928, it has regularly reached top ranks at international and national competitions. Women and girls have been rowing in our club since 1929. As the new head coach, you will be responsible for the entire competitive sports program and will be supported by two co-trainers (part-time) along with other volunteer trainers. The aim is to achieve a broad base of athletes for the national championship as well as to train high potential athletes for selection to the Swiss national team. Accordingly, you are the central point of reference and contact person for the individual athletes.

Rowing Coach Job Description WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

Management of the entire competitive training program Regatta planning and support at home and abroad
Motivated athletes of all ages Motivated team of co-trainers and volunteers Strong support from the club and the steering committee
Versatile fleet of boats in excellent condition, open, collegian club atmosphere and an active club life

WHAT YOU WOULD BRING TO US:

We are looking for a Rowing Coach being experienced in international rowing (rower and/or trainer), who enjoys dealing with young people and is interested in the long-term development of athletes. The coach should have

  • clear and transparent communication,
  • fair adherence to stated requirements
  • Enthusiasm; motivational coaching skills to lead athletes to their limits
  • Interpersonal skills, ability to cooperate with coaches, athletes and club members
  • Good cooperation with the co-trainers; organize and support their coaching activities and development
  • Professional Trainer Swiss Olympic, Trainer B license of the DRV or analog qualification
  • Knowledge of German or English (written/oral)
  • Driving License Kat. B (passenger car) with trailer driving license (BE); motorboat license preferred

 APPLICATION: Rowing Coach in Switzerland: Please send your application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, references) as a PDF document by e-mail to Anja Odermatt, responsible for competitive sports, Leistungssport@belvoir-rc.ch.”

Would you like to know more about about Rowing in Switzerland? Feel free to check with our German and English – speaking Rowperfect staff and email us for confidential information

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The coxswain is the boss

Wikipedia : The coxswain is the person in charge of a boat, particularly its navigation and steering. (Photo Credit: Hägar, the horrible).

I found an older interview that Günter Klein had with Peter Thiede some years ago. Peter was the cox of the Germany’s Eight before Martin Sauer.  The interview can be found in the Münchner Merkur if you want to read it.
Good morning, Mr. Thiede, what did you have for breakfast?

Oh, very normal. Scrambled eggs, coffee, rolls, a bit of melon.

Does not sound like so much.

One always thinks, it is always like this with the rowers: The heavy guys eat a lot of steaks and side dishes, the cox only gets a leave of salad. It used to be that way, until 1996 the coxs’ weight was limited to 50 kilos and, thank God, it was raised to 55. If you keep yourself fit, you have no problem.

The cox needs to be slim and short? Any other function? 

Enjoy the water: The flying cox. Credit: International news

70 to 80 percent, the work takes place in training, on the water. You have to make sure the rowers harmonize and sync their strokes. As a cox, one senses whether a boat is running economically or not. The physics of a rowing stroke tells you that you do not have a constant pace, you slow down the boat every stroke, because the eight oarsmen move against the boat direction. The different boat speed, can be felt by the cox in the stern. As a cox, I have to try to optimize the boat run.

Do you have the coaching certificate.

The German A license.

Is the cox the extended arm of the rowing coach?

Right. The coach cannot be at the boat all the time, so the cox is the boss in the rowing boat.

Did you ever row by yourself ?

I never rowed, just liked it as a hobby, to have the feeling. I’m from another sport. From the weightlifting, I was really good, at the DDR (East-German) Championships I used to have fourth and fifth places.

Who is the boss in the rowing boat ?

What about authority? You came into the boat at the age of 19.

You acquire authority through knowledge and ability. 20 years ago, I was the youngest cox. As a team you search for maximum success. And as a cox the crew listens: What you say is an order, it’s the law. If you make mistakes, you will be punished later. You can make mistakes, but not always the same. I had a lot of coxing experience, the rowers appreciated that.

The cox is also responsible for applying the tactics. Do you remember in the Beijing races the discrepancies in the crew? You were in the final 500 meters when you realized that the Dutch were getting closer – but some in the boat hesitated.

500 m from the finish line I said, …the Dutch are killing the Americans. We had played the Americans, always counteracting them. I have realized the situation and gave instructions. You know, an eight is 18 m long. The person in bow is 18 m away from the enemy. The cox can observe the race much better. Anyway: Once you’re in the semifinals or finals none in the boat will hesitate. They all go full throttle.

Only the cox is speaking in the boat – or do other team members comment?

If the bowman realizes something important he will comment. There may be some motivational yelling. Or stroke shouts something in case he wants to do extra power strokes.  But overall there is not much time, rowers do not talk very much to save their energy.

Victory: The cox “flies” into the water

…… 

Have you ever made a steering mistake?

In my first year in Lucerne, we crashed into another boat, this was partially my fault. We won anyway.

You have experienced many crews. Do you feel if a crew can be successful?

There are real world champions, who take over when things get serious – first, you have to find out, who can handle competition and performs under stress. Such people are needed, and we have them in the German Eights.

…….

Another cliché question: When does the cox “fly” into the water??

If you won.   . . . . . The rowers also use this in Essen (Hügelregatta) or else where. The first race of the season, at the end of April, at the beginning of May, the boys like to throw the cox into the water. Just to tease you. Not so pleasant.

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The Australian Defence Force are going to Henley Royal Regatta in UK this July to take part in the centenary of the 1919 Peace Regatta.
Held after World War 1 when many troops were stationed in the UK and waiting to be shipped home after the war ended, it was a multi-nation regatta with the inaugural Kings Cup for military 8s raced between Australia, France, Canada, New Zealand, America and Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Australia put in two crews and had the misfortune to be drawn against each other in the first round.

The cup was named for King George V who presented the trophy. The Australians took the cup home and it has been in continuous use since 1921 for the inter-state eights race at their annual regatta.
Here is a lovely video of the current Australian Defence Force team training for the 2019 Henley re-enactment. The event has picked up a lot of interest from around the world as Germany and the Netherlands have been invited to join the event races at Henley. Note it is a mixed crew event now.

Click the picture to watch the video of the March 2019 re-enactment crew and the modern crew training.

ADF trains for the 2019 Kings Cup Peace race. click to view video

  • History of the Australian crews at the Peace Regatta from the Australian Rowing History website
  • And from the Tasmania Remembers centenary website
  • And a modern film maker, Scott Patterson of Slamcam Films is working on the project as well as he reported on the “Dinkum Aussie Flag” preserved from the original race by descendants of a rower in the ADF number one crew.

Below are some stills from the video including a re-enactment crew using a wooden eight oared shell with wooden “coffin” blades from a March 2019 shoot and the inside of the ADF Boatshed in Canberra fitted out with Space Saver Wing Rigger Brackets and Sliding Boat Racks. Have a look  at our shop  and get your Racks for less than 350 £. ADF interviewee with SSRS products in background.

Re-enactment crew on Lake Burley-Griffin, Canberra Re-enactment ADF crew in a period wooden boat and using wooden “coffin” oars.

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Why can’t we get our pair to run?

The pair is considered one of the most difficult boat type in rowing.. This type of boat creates high demands on coordination and boat movement. Why is it so difficult to row a pair? Many sports scientists have been involved in this topic over the last 20 years. Much has been investigated and Rowperfect summarizes the result of a study done in Germany. There are two main reasons that make the boat’s mastery so difficult.

The coordination and boat movement your pair, 2-. Boat movement:

The pair has an asymmetric placement of the riggers  which creates (two) different torques. If only one would be rowing, the boat would turn in circles. An unsynchronized catch would mean: The boat turns and spins around its own axis and does not want to go straight ahead. But the two oarsmen can manage. It is up to them to move the boat in a straight line. They need to exert an identical and simultaneous force to reduce this sideways movement of the boat.

If one rower misses the catch, the boat will be steered in one direction – albeit only for a split second. Consider what that means on a 2000 m race course: With 220 strokes the slight deviation increases the water resistance every time. They will drive small minimum detours. The rowers also consume energy for keeping the boat straight.

The best for a long time: Kiwi Pair in Rio. Photo Credit: US Today, Worldrowing Coordination of the crew:

This is called the interpersonal coordination: The rowing crew, stroke and bow feel every crew member’s stroke differently. Each crew member picks up the movement impulses of the boat differently. Consequence: When a stroke ends, you prepare yourself for the next stroke with regard to the experience of the previous stroke. Both rowers do that. Already ten years ago a biodynamic analysis1) of the rowing strokes for the DRV (German Rowing Association) has shown that there are no identical rowing strokes. Neither stroke nor bow can repeat exactly the same stroke. Successful teams, however, are better able than others to minimize the variances between the rowing stroke and interpersonal coordination.

Of course, these variants are also dependent on the stroke rate. The traditional opinion that the the person on stroke is more consistency and his stroke is stronger than his bowman was refuted at that time already.

Delight: coordination and boat movement

Take a look at the video of the Kiwi Pair. What a great pair:

The Kiwi Pair in Switzerland - YouTube

Credentials: see video on youtube

For examination:

1) Fahrig, Witte,Uni Magdeburg

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We have received a question in our social media some time ago. A concerned parent was wondering:
When is the best age for kids to start rowing in a club? Can they even participate at a regatta?

Many parents do not consider rowing as the first choice sport for their children. They are not aware of the benefits that come hand in hand with rowing. And they do not know the impact of their training to their heatlth.

When should my Kid start rowing?

Typically cthe english speaking rowing world recommends, that children can begin to row from secondary school age. Some People propose typically a start around their 8th grade year of freshman year of high school. As a parent you can check your kids physical constitution compared to peers. Is your kids a lot smaller than their friends you might want to wait another year.

What are the benefits? Early rowing start rowing children like competition

Physical fitness: Rowing is one of the sports that provides a kid with amazing cardiovascular exercise. Rowing gives children a complete body workout. It provides aerobic conditioning as well as strength training. Rowing is probably the one sport that put the largest number of muscles in exercise which is why it is essential in muscle strengthening. Rowing is very effective when it comes to keeping your child physically fit.

Learning of social values
Rowing is a team sport. Social values as team spirit, helping each others or taking responsability will be tought while participating in the club life. Your kid will learn respect and appreciation of expensive materials and in dealing with people.

System thinking
Your Kid is acting in an environment with changing conditions. The child must think systemically and understand the context. The boat must be adapted to the weather conditions. Depending on the time of day, increased shipping is might effect traffic on your waters. And the rowing itself. Only a few sports are so complex only a few have so many movements in a time unit.

Kids and competition:
Rowing is sport that greatly encourages and supports competition between teams and individuals. The rowing sport gives a good ground to compare skills, technique performance. Our sport an outdorrs sport. Very alluring to many teens since they’d rather spend their time outdoors in a club. All this gives provides a great environment to develop competition.

We like that: Coxed quad for safety

Go racing?
Racing in a rowing crew will strengthen performance thinking. That is good. But here, we would recommend some caution and some re-evaluation of your Kids physical constitution:

Puberty is crucial: Before puberty, the increase in muscle mass per year is about 5%. So check out your Kids and Competitors muscle mass. We are not saying that muscles is the only winning factor. But it is important at this phase of your kid. It will be difficult to win.
During the pubertal growth spurt, muscle mass increases up to 25%. Likewise the bone mass. Please check with the doctor at what biological age your child is. He will tell you if it’s regatta ready. Biological maturity and stage of puberty plays a major role. European Kids, non athletes, enter into puberty with the age of 12.6 years (avg.). Active young rowing athlethes reach puberty with an age of 13.7 (Children -artistics gymnastics- who participated at Olympic games started puberty with 15.2 years as avg.)

Dear parents, when you think your kid is into rowing, look for a club with an Kids program, see that there is a coach having experiance with kids. Be aware of your role as a parent. Try to attend the training once a while and motivate your kid when performance improvement is seen.

 

More infos: e.g.:  Literature in our Rowperfect shop

  1. Sport Zh (GER)
  2. Kindergynology (GER)

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Rowperfect is always happy to receive feedback to our activities. Read below how Gareth feels about using hand cream as a rower.

Rowers hands are, like runner’s feet, are subject to a great deal of punishment. Crying to your coaches or fellow rowers will bring you little or no sympathy, with the prevailing attitude of that “they will toughen up”, or its your fault “gripping the handle too tightly’. To be honest for most new rowers all of this is true, time and improved technique do indeed solve the problem.

However, for myself and many many others this truth is very painful and lead to dreading the outing and in extreme circumstances even giving up the sport. Our skin never seems to toughen and develop those fabled callouses, with myself it seems the warmer weather, more frequent outings and sweaty palms that brings the skin off my hands. For some it’s because they only row once a week and and spend the rest of the weekend in pain for others it’s the punishment of a rowing camp or a rowing tour holiday.

Gloves, yes, I have them all. My kit bag has a rare selection with a pair for cold, hot and wet weather and they are great, but bring a chorus of abuse from my gnarly skinned crew and at best a very disappointed look from the coach.

Ordenary blister plasters, oh I have tried them and they last about 10 mins before they become unstuck.

A new approach was needed. Rowtex hand cream.

I came across a new to me rowing brand Rowtex when I bought their Elite gloves last summer and received a fantastic rowing specific Rowtex anorak for Christmas from my wife – a life saver in the cold and wet European winter.

With this history of some high performance products I was intrigued by the Rowtex “Hand cream for rowers”. To be honest my expectations were not high, hand cream … hmmm… sounds slippery and at £13.99 not cheap, but an outing in a new strokeside seat in the club 8 and the resultant blister to end all blisters, something had to be done.

How did I use the Rowtex hand cream? Rowtex hand cream from Rowperfect

“Apply 30 mins before and immediately after rowing” yes well, things don’t quite work out like that at 7am on a shivering February morning, 2 mins will have to do. The initial greasy feel didn’t last long and I was surprised by how quickly it disappeared into my skin, so not slippery. The little blue tube was easy to stow out of sight of my crew of alpha males. The session followed the familiar pattern which my hands went from; freezing cold and wet, to perfect, to sweaty … then … here we go, blister time, but with no time to worry. As we dock I brave a glance at my hands OMG nothing, just a little soreness. I am convinced, I apply the cream “immediately after rowing” as instruction demanded and two hours later my hands are “normal’ like it was all a dream, bring on the next session!

Love finding stuff like this genuinely makes my rowing life more comfortable.

Gareth Simpson UK

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Coastal Rowing – really one of our sport division which has picked up very much during the past years. Read our guest post from Tim Fenemore. He is very enthusiastic about this sports. Interesting and passionate story.

You may have noticed a few pictures appearing on your Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, Instagram accounts and websites… they show racing around buoys in close proximity to other boats and maybe even some waves. Welcome to the world of Coastal or Offshore rowing!

What they don’t show you is just how much fun you can have if you try this new and emerging section of our sport.

Difficult: Starting your boat: Credit: Maritime Rowing

Over the past 6 months I’ve been lucky enough to try out Coastal Rowing and even compete in the National and Welsh Championships – how many 50+ years olds can say that about the sport they are involved in?

This says quite a lot about the sport – you will find that your fellow rowers and competitors are very welcoming and keen to offer advice. This openness was striking during the British Championships at Sandbanks last year where everyone ‘pitched in’ to help make sure that launching and beaching of boats was a safe as possible – an essential factor when your pride and joy is in the shore break as you run up the beach to the finish line.

Racing in heats of over 4km and finals over 6km is not for the faint hearted… perhaps surprisingly, your fellow Coastal competitors cover a wide range of age, height and weight… maybe the established ‘rules of thumb’ for success are different to ‘Fine Boat’ rowing?

Coastal Rowing along the Toronto Skyline Credit: Rowing in Europe

Coastal Rowing – Are you ready

The most noticeable thing though, is the ‘vibe’. At this point you may be thinking “what the hell has this to do with rowing? I just want to focus on perfecting my technique and go as fast as I can”. Well trust me, it’s different in Coastal. Yes, we all want to go as fast as possible and beat our fellow competitors… and eight boats heading flat out for the first buoy may lead to a certain amount of ‘jockeying’ for position, but we all want to enjoy the sport and be an active part of the Coastal family. Perhaps the approachability of fellow rower stems from the fact that if you are up to 2km offshore you all need to be prepared to help a fellow competitor if they have a problem.

FISA Coastal Tour in Italy,

Maybe it is because the equipment and techniques are still evolving; maybe it’s the disco music blasting out from the beach during the start and finishes; maybe it’s the people who are so open and friendly; perhaps the manoeuvrability of the boats, (even though a FISA single weighs around 35kgs); it could be the sun, sand and waves. Whatever it is, I’m hooked!

What about Fine boat rowing?

Don’t think that this means giving up Fine Boat rowing though, I’m finding that the strength, coordination and flexibility you develop give a boost when I step back into a boat that is half the weight.

Over the next few blogs I’ll explore the boats, competitions and some of the tips that have been shared with me so far. If this sparks your interest, or you can also help to provide advice to people who are interested in Coastal Rowing let us know.

Remember though – bring an open mind, excitement, respect for your fellow competitors and leave the blazer at home – bring a pair of flip-flops and enjoy!

Tim Fenemore, Hollowell Scullers Rowing Club

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