AnnPT77 wrote: »
7.9k rowing bow in a quad (i.e., sculling boat, 2 oars per person, 4 rowers).
I was in bow, which means (in our club) that I was responsible for keeping us from running into things/steering, and did a lot of shouting (because otherwise the person at the far end of the boat wouldn't be able to hear. Steering happens by rower(s) rowing harder on one side or the other - no rudder in this case. Bow is also the rower that can see everyone, so more responsible for pointing out . . . hmmm, improvement opportunities, let's call them. .
Today, the rower in 2 seat (right in front of me) was an anthro prof emeritus who was a huge help to me and some of my friends when we started rowing around 16 years ago, but who hasn't been able to row in a while because of major shoulder issues. He thinks he won't be able to solo carry his single any more, so I encouraged him to come out when my group rows, and we'll help him with the carry. (Non-rowers: Single shell is light, usually just over 31 pounds for a racer, but quite awkward: Typically around 26 feet long, and skinny.) This was his first time back on the water in several years, so the quad was to give him a little more stable situation for a first row. He's been doing bike rides, but we still took more breaks than usual to help him ease back into it. It was good to have him back!
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