About Rowing

Basics

Rowing is a water-based endurance sport – considered one of the most technical and toughest sports in the world. Rowing involves sitting in a boat and using an oar(s) to propel the boat.

River/inland rowing involves sitting on a movable seat and using the legs, back and arms to move the boat using the oars. People row either in crews or on their own. Sweep rowing involves one oar per person, Sculling is with two oars per person.

Bow-side refers to the side of the boat where the oar is out to the left (or port side) of the rower. Stroke-side refers to the side of the boat where the oar is out the right (or starboard side) of the rower

Types of Racing Boat:

Scull/Sculler (1x)

Pair (2-), from L to R: Bow and Stroke (pair = one oar each)

Double (2x), from L to R: Bow and Stroke (double = two oars each)

Coxless Four (4-), from R to L: Bow, 2, 3, Stroke (four = one oar each)

Coxed Quad (4x+) (quad = two oars each)

Eight (8+), from R to L: Cox, Stroke, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, bow

(eight = one oar each.) (An octo = two oars each)