Faster Masters Rowing Radio 29 July 2021
Troubleshooting steering – Faster Masters Rowing Radio – the podcast for masters rowers. Tips, advice and discussion from Marlene Royle and Rebecca Caroe.
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03:00 This Past Week – we have been watching a LOT of Olympic sports.
06:30 Listener survey results
11:00 Troubleshooting steering a rowing boat.
Why are you going off course? What’s happening, why and how to fix it.
Steer off a point on the bank / horizon align with the your stern of the boat.
Equipment – is the fin straight?
To find out if it’s the fin causing the issue – take a few big strokes and stop rowing with oars off the water and let the boat run…. watch to see if it glides straight or goes off in one direction.
16:00 How to correct your steering.
Leverage at the catch for pressure steering.
20:00 Boat checks for steering with a wire
Is your rudder and fin straight?
Is there tension on the wires
Have a steering shoe that fits
23:00 Steering straight off stake boat with a crosswind
29:00 Steering with an integral rudder and fin. And a canard fin / skeg reduces yaw.
31:00 The club annual steering course with theory and exam – appoint a foreperson for each boat.
Head Racing book by Carlos Zezza
35:00 How to help those who cannot turn around easily? Divide the jobs so one steers and one looks around and a third does the calls.
Plan your practices so new steers people learn how to steer – half crew rowing; boats side by side; leap frogging;
44:00 Feathering with wet handles – how to do this; essential skills for successfully handling wet scull grips. You feel like you’re not in control when they are wet. Loose grip is key.