Rowing a pair

 In Faster Masters Rowing Radio

Pair oar boats are fun and a huge challenge. We discuss what you should do when trying a pair for the first time and what makes pairs go fast.


03:00 set up the rig correctly
– handle at the right position
– release at the same place
– oar handle height.
Set up to the pin work through position so you are both the same. If you don’t know what this is, ask us!.
05:00 You can adjust inboard/out- board to unique settings for this crew.
07:00 Who sits where?
Stroke – needs to be regular and rhythmical.
Strength of the rowers affects seating – bow has more leverage so weaker athlete can go here.
Who steers?
09:00 Experiments are encouraged.
10:30 Fast pairs are good communicators
Technique – hand heights on the recovery must match. Practice your hand heights and high balance. 12:30 Stability on the recovery.
Find exact timings – arms, squaring, body rock etc.
Sequence together. Use physical reference points to guide you.
15:00 Who feels things more?
Body awareness is needed – control your weight as you go through the stroke.
17:00 Choose a gathering point where you focus on being precisely together in timing and body position. This creates synch between you.
19:30 Match your power curves
Use land ergs to wore on this. Initiate the power in the same way.
21:30 Steering a pair.
Use pressure more than the rudder. Recovering from a mis-steer is a critical skill.
Build steering habits into your practices.

Pairs are fun – a worthwhile investment in time.

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