Rowing Terminology

    In a boat with one oar each.
    In a boat with two oars (blades) each.
    Eight, four or two people rowing in a boat.
    Four, two or one person sculling in a boat.
    Little person steering the boat.
     An amplifier and speakers in the boat which makes the little person steering the boat sound louder!
     A boat without a little person steering, one of the crew members do the steering as well as rowing/sculling.
    Also called port side, coloured red, on the right for rower/sculler.
    Also called starboard side, coloured green, on the left for rower/sculler.
    Different names for the oars used by rowers and scullers.
    The Person who sits at the front of the boat, but because you are going backwards Bow is the person who is following everyone else.
    The man who sits at the back of the boat, but because you are going backwards Stroke is the man who everyone else follows.
    The positions in an Eight, each man has a number.
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  • When the spoon of the oar is vertical to the water, this is the position that you want to be in when taking the oar through the water.
    When the spoon of the oar is horizontal to the water, you don’t want to be in this position when taking the oar through the water!
    The movement of the seat (which is on wheels).
    The extent to which you move the seat up the slide.
    When sitting in the boat, legs flat and arms straight out, oar feathered and resting gently on the water.
    As the safety position except that the oar is near (but not touching) your rib cage. This is the finish position of the stroke that you take.
    As the safety position except that the legs are compressed at full slide, shins verticle and you are getting ready to square the blade.
    The placing of the blade into the water at the front of your stroke.
    The point at which you take the blade out the water.
    The part of the stroke between the Catch and the Finish where you push the legs down to move the boat.
     The order in which you move for the recovery of the stroke between the Finish and the Catch. Hands and arms out straight, the rock the Body over the hips and then glide up the Slide.
     The whole action from the beginning (the Catch) to the end (the Finish) and back again (the Catch).
    The opposite action to normal rowing, the boat will then go in the direction that you are looking. You put the oar into the water at backstops, push it away from you and extract it when you are at the arms away position.
    Finish the stoke that you are on and go to Hands away (the first part of the recovery) and stop rowing.
    After you have stopped rowing your oar will be off the water, this command tells the crew to put the oars back on the water in a feathered position.
    All rowers/scullers place their blades on the water and slowly square the blades to hold up the run of the boat in the water. This command can be given to Bowside(Starboard) or Strokeside(Port).
    This command is for an emergency stop where all crew members stop rowing, place their blades flat on the water, raise their hands and roll the blades to square in a quick and controlled manner.
     A shout to any other crew on the water to alert them to your presence. Upon hearing the call by one crew, you need to respond in the same manner. Crews can be identified by boat type too, e.g.
    Coxed 4: “Ahead double”
    Double: “Ahead”
    A call from the Cox or Steers-person of a crew to go to the boat and be ready to carry it to or from the water.
    This is a command used on land. Normally the boat is carried so that the riggers are flat, however to make the boat easier to carry in certain situations, it is sometimes necessary to raise one side of the boat and lower the other side.
    This command is to change where the crew holds the boat: at shoulder height.
     This command is to change where the crew holds the boat, similar to To Shoulder but this time the crew carries the boat above their heads with arms up.
    The act of turning the boat around on the river. One side of the boat will take strokes with arms and body while the other side backs down. This can be done alternately or simultaneously.
    The metal part of the boat that extends out form the main hull and holds the oars.
    The plastic part on the rigger into which the oar is locked.
    The part of the boat to which the shoes are attatched. This can be moved up, down, forwards and backwards to accommodate different rowers.
    The evil piece of machinery found in the gym which rowers become accustomed with over the winter season. Also know as a static rower.
    A rule for when rowing/sculling. The only person talking should be the cox/steers-person unless said person asks you.
    Side by side racing that takes place over the summer months over distances no more than 2000m
    Time trial racing that takes place over the winter months, typically over course distances of between 3000m and 6800m.
    The points you have accumulated through racing, taking into account how many opposition you beat. The Ranking Points are used to match you to suitable opposition. Juniors and Masters race within their age group. How does it work?
    When you are the overall winner for your event at a Regatta or Head, you will be awarded a Pot. Normally they are tankards but some clubs give out medals or other prizes instead. This what it is all about!

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