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Beginners Guide to Rowing


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Henley Royal Regatta… The Race

RACES ARE HEAD-TO-HEAD KNOCK OUT COMPETITIONS, RACED OVER A COURSE OF 1 MILE, 550 YARDS (2,112M).

 

The race begins at the downstream end of Temple Island, where the crews attach to a pair of pontoons. The race umpire will then call out the names of the two crews and start them when they are both straight and ready. Each crew is assigned to row on either the ‘Bucks’ (Buckinghamshire) or ‘Berks’ (Berkshire) side of the race course.

The most prestigious event at the regatta is the Grand Challenge Cup for Men’s Eights, which has been awarded since the regatta was first staged.

 

THE TWO TYPES OF ROWING – SCULLING VS SWEEP:

 

THE BOATS:

The race begins at the downstream end of Temple Island, where the crews attach to a pair of pontoons. The race umpire will then call out the names of the two crews and start them when they are both straight and ready. Each crew is assigned to row on either the ‘Bucks’ (Buckinghamshire) or ‘Berks’ (Berkshire) side of the race course.

Originally made from wood, shells are now almost always made from a composite material (usually a double skin of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic with a sandwich of honeycomb material) for strength and weight advantages.

There are several different types of boats. They are classified using:

 

THE ROWING:

A stroke consists of four components that have to be completed perfectly to propel the boat forward as fast as possible.

The ability to synchronise these strokes as perfectly as possible is the key in achieving maximum speed.
The more crew members, the faster the boat. A crew of eight will average around 40 to 44 strokes per minute, while a single will manage 36 to 40 at the start of a race.

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