Fun facts about the world of rowing

Rowing has been a sport that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years with annual events like the Oxford and Cambridge boat races till pulling in thousands of spectators both in person and watching the race on the television. The crews of these teams are very dedicated and will spend vast amounts of time training both to improve their technique and also to enhance their fitness levels, strength and stamina.  Many people who enjoy rowing either as a participant or spectator also enjoy nautical memorabilia and items like the Oars and Nautical items you can find at https://www.couronnedeco.com/product-category/wall-decor/oars-nautical

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Here are some fun facts about the world of rowing:

  • The names of the boats and teams does not always correspond to the number of people in the boat. For example, a pair has two team members but a four actually has five people in and an eight has nine people in. Confusing isn’t it?
  • Rowing is actually more about your legs than your arms. You could be forgiven for thinking that in order to be a successful rower that you need to have great upper body strength. Whilst you do need to have a certain amount of upper body strength to be able to complete a race if your technique is correct you actually use more of the strength in your legs than your arms. If you looked at the amount of total body strength needed as 100 percent you would actually use 95 percent of strength from your legs, 5 percent from your back, 5 from your core and then the final 5 percent from your arms.

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  • Rowing uses oars not paddles. Oars are attached to the boat by small metal clips on the side of the vessel as where paddles are solely controlled and held by the person paddling the boat.
  • The speed that at team is rowing in not measured int eh traditional mile of kilometres per hour but instead by strokes per minute.
  • Being a successful rower requires timing as well as stamina and skill as if you mistime your rowing stroke you can cause issues for your other team members and ultimately cause the oat to stop if your oar becomes tangled up with other oars or dislodged from your hand completely.
  • There are a few fun traditions involved with rowing including throwing the coxswain into the water before the team also jumps in following a win at a big race meet or regatta.

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