Rowing is the act of propelling a boat through the water with the use of oars. In a rowing shell the rower sits on a seat that moves both forward and backward. This enables the rower to bend and straighten his or her legs increasing the length of each row or “stroke” as we say. This makes the boat much more effective and faster than a regular rowboat.
The rower basically rows using the oars to push the water in front of them causing them to go backwards.
There are two different types of rowing, sweep and sculling. In sweep rowing each rower holds one oar with both hands, and is in a boat with 2, 4 or 8 other rowers. In sculling, each rower has two oars, one in each hand, and may row in a single, double or quad.
How do I get started if I’ve never rowed before?
On July 30, and August 6 from 9am - 11am you can come down to the Millvale Boathouse and meet the Coaches, Parents and Rowers. You can Tour the Boathouse, check out our Carbon Fibre Resolute Boats and get a chance to row on the Allegheny River, weather permitting.
What is the distance of a rowing race?
There are two types of races with which most rowers are familiar. One is the sprint race, which takes place in the spring to early part of summer and is either 1000 meters or 2000 meters in length. The other is the Head race and usually ranges in distance from 2 to 3 miles.
Want an Athletic Scholarship? Consider Rowing Crew
Ever wonder which sport will provide you with the best odds of receiving a college scholarship? The results may surprise you! According to College Finder, rowing grants the highest percentage of scholarships for either gender when compared to all other high school sports.
Nearly one in six male rowers, and one in two female rowers, attend college on an athletic scholarship. CWNCHS rowers have gone on to row for many college and club programs across the country.
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