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Kayaking and Rowing are seen as diametrically opposed, but is this fair?

PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER WORRALL

Where rowers and kayakers converge, banter is inevitable.

“Nothing in the world feels like eight blokes lifting a boat together and winning together,” reminisces retired rower Nick Kay.

“We get to race facing forwards,” is a typical kayaker’s retort.

“Being able to see where you’re going is an odd sensation but I wouldn’t say it’s a good one, especially when there is a four mile course ahead of you,” Steve Redgrave asserts. “In rowing, you know you have a long way to go but you don’t have to see it and you definitely don’t choose to visualise it but, in kayaking, there is no choice”. 1

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Welcome to Row360, the world’s only global, independent rowing magazine. Row360 brings you features from around the world, profiling the best athletes, coaches, and others from the whole rowing community – Olympic, Paralympic, college, club, ocean, and more. Highlights this month: - The World's Fastest Woman: New Zealand's Emma Twigg profiled - From Bled to Aiguebelette: The World Cup Reviews - Danish Determination: Henrik Stephansen’s remarkable recovery - Husky Power: Michael Callahan and the University of Washington