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Square Blades Challenge #3

Our third episode to help you master rowing square blades. Three drills to build your skill and confidence. Timestamps 01:00 The finesses you need to get confident doing square blade rowing and sculling. Start with episode 1 to get the early drills. The set-up is critical to getting stability before you try the advanced drills. […]

James Thompson World Masters Rowing Regatta 2023

James talks about the South African hosts of the World Masters Regatta 2023. He runs the venue services team for what may be the only African World Rowing Regatta for a while. 02:25 Roodeplaat Dam is 65 minutes from Johannesburg and 40 minutes from Pretoria. It’s close to the OR Tambo airport. It’s the venue […]

Square Blades Challenge #2

Two more drills to get yourself rowing with square blades. And tips on ways to practice. Timestamps 01:00 Recap last week’s drills. Progressively add these exercises – the ladder of learning concept. You can always do more of the basics. 02:00 Row Circles Drills of two types – isolation or exaggeration. This is an isolation […]


“It’s focused on Masters, respectful of and relevant for older Masters 60+, useful accessible tools for training & improvement. The positive and lighthearted attitudes of the hosts combined with seriously good content.”

“Great information! Knowledge and warm interaction of the hosts.”

“The knowledge and perspectives of the hosts. They are very relatable, natural and down to earth.”

“A vast array of content / topics, knowledgeable hosts.”

“I like the quality of guests, depth of interviews.”

“Very insightful interviews from top-level coaches and athletes that are not available anywhere else. Rebecca is a great presenter for the program.”

“I like the ability to hear the expertise of elite coaches, athletes, and others in the sport of rowing that I cab learn from as a masters athlete. I aim to be what Marlene Royle calls an elite master.”

“The Faster Masters hosts: two experienced female rowers as hosts (go women!) who speak well and keep a friendly, relaxed flow of conversation and information.  The global reach: A Brit and a Canadian coming with different aspects and training and race situations. The different formats: interviews, listeners’ questions, seasonal topics – always relevant for me.”

“Some Masters info sources (like US Rowing magazine masters corner) remind us to wear sunscreen or drink enough water or suggest we remember to warm up before exertion. These are important for sure…. but really?

Marlene takes serious masters rowers seriously, and knows about striving and excellence in masters rowing, and helps us achieve our goals through smart training and hard work. I like very much the specifics, like descriptions of training categories, how to pace a 1k erg race, and other info that we can really put into practice that makes a difference.”

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