Perfect Stroke articles from ARA magazine

The Stroke

The stroke is made up of:

the catch
in which oars are placed in the water
the pull through, or drive
in which the legs are extended and the body opens up to make maximum use of the slide, levering the boat forwards
the finish
in which oars come out of the water
the recovery
in which the rower's body moves towards the stern in preparation for the next stroke
Oars are rotated onto the feather parallel to the water surface at the finish to minimise air resistance and to the vertical at the catch to maximise water resistance.

On the ergo

Sweep Rowing

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