Why Rowing?

Rowing is the ultimate team sport. It not only challenges rowers physically but mentally as well. Rowing combines power, endurance, coordination and teamwork to create the appearance of being simple and easy. In fact it is one of the most athletically challenging sports. It is a sport that demands perfection in the rowing stroke and an understanding of the physics behind the stroke. Rowing is considered one of the best all around workouts of any sport!

On the collegiate level rowing is one of the oldest and most respected forms of athletic competition. High school rowing experience is highly sought after by college coaches of all levels. In the last few years, rowers from Cape Cod have gone on to row at some of the top schools in the nation including Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Northeastern, University of Massachusetts, Connecticut College, WPI, Boston University, George Washington University, US Coast Guard Academy and many more. Colleges and universities have poured thousands of dollars into women’s rowing programs in recent years in order to meet Title IX requirements. As a result many universities and colleges have a deficit of qualified high school rowers to fill athletic scholarships. In the past 10 years alone rowers from Cape Cod have receive over $400,000 in athletic scholarships.

Finally, rowing is a life sport that does not have to end in high school or college. To get an appreciation of the enjoyment and benefits of adult rowing, you need only talk to any master rower.
(From CCYR website)

Glossary of Rowing Terms


Some Commands

Adjust the ratio – Used to correct either a rush or sluggishness on the recover. The ratio

compares the drive and the body motion to the slide speed.

All Hold – Oars perpendicular in the water to stop the boat fast.

Back it (down) – Row backwards. The blades do not need to be turned around in the oarlocks.

Bow four- Command to those rowers only, or stern four, etc.

Catch The beginning of a stroke when the blade enters the water. At the catch, blades squared and buried.

Check it down – Drag the blades on the water to slow and/or stop the boat from moving forward

or backward. Having only one side check their blades results in a turn to that side. “Port to check it

down, starboard to row.”

Early – A part of a stroke is early. By itself, the word usually refers to the catch timing.

Finish The end of the stroke at which point the rower’s legs are straight and the oar handle is

touching the body.  “At the finish - oars squared and buried”…often begins a sequence.

Feather - Make the blade parallel to the water. Occurs immediately after the drive is completed.

Finish timing – A reminder to the crew to align their finish times.

Hands on – Grab onto the boat and prepare to move it. “Hands on” or

Hold waterStop the forward motion of the boat. Often an earnest command!

Heads up – Pay attention, something to watch out for is near you.

Late – A part of the stroke is late. By itself, the term usually refers to the catch timing.

Let it glide – See let it run.

Let it run Oarsmen to stop rowing at the finish, hands away, or on the gunwale and allow the

boat to glide (run) across the water’s surface without the blades touching it.

On the Paddle – Row at no pressure or to stop the drill/piece.

Roll – When out of the water, roll the boat from the waist position to the over

the heads position or vice versa.

Square Make the blade perpendicular to the water. “Square it up” - often immediately after the feather.

Touch it up (Tap It) – Someone to row gently to align or position the boat better. “Bow seat touch

it up”.

Up and overheadTo lift the boat to the over the heads position. “Ready up”!.

Weigh enough Stop whatever you are doing such as rowing, a drill, etc. “All eight, weigh

enough”. (Pronounced way-nuf).