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MEASURED EFFICIENCY

Analysing the effect of different rowing styles on boat speed

“ IF YOU WAIT FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN, WE FAST GUYS WON’T WAIT FOR YOU.”

What is the fastest way to move the boat? What is the most efficient? What is the least efficient? These are questions that can be answered easily in part, and extremely difficultly in others. To make the boat move faster, rowers must apply more force to the oar and at a more rapid cadence. The most efficient way of moving the boat is to, physically speaking, attempt the impossible for rowers: to maintain a constant velocity of the shell. Great velocity fluctuations are inefficient. The more difficult questions to answer are those of the technical aspects of the row ing stroke. What if input force and stroke rate are held constant? How, then, does a rower move the boat the fastest? Workout planning, physiological development, non-quantitative team dynamics aside, it is this question, or variations of it, that is the mainstay of coaching and is explored herein.

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