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Subject: Re: Columbia LW rowers - National Champions!!

SpuytenDuyvil76 (English, please)
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Date Posted: 07:12:28 06/05/18 Tue
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Re: Columbia LW rowers - National Champions!!" on 13:46:50 06/04/18 Mon

An oar is a lever. The business end of the oar, the blade, enters and exits the water as the rower pries the boat ahead. When the oar blade exits the water it leaves behind a swirling mass of water, called a "puddle". The "stroke" rower is setting the pace for the boat and sits just ahead of the cox, who steers and game manages via loudspeaker in the boat. When the stroke oar is entering the water just past the puddle left by the rower at the bow or front end of the boat on his side, the boat is getting more efficient momentum for each stroke than a boat whose stroke oar is entering the water in the midst of the puddle left behind. You can see the difference clearly from the drone shots of CU and PU. Also, CU did carry a higher rating into the 1st 500 meters to establish a 3/4 length advantage on PU, but then settled to a lower rating as PU pushed their rating higher to claw back position v CU. When the boats are entering the final 500 meters, the camera shows a side view and the PU crew oars are working faster than CU. The announcer then says CU is making a push, you see the oars of the two boats start to sync up as CU matches PU's rating and CU pulls ahead. Princeton did make a terrific charge at the end, but it was too little, too late. BTW, because of the weight restriction on the athletes, which means size of athletes much more comparable than sometime in heavyweights, Lightweight races are often very close. That was some outstanding racing by those crews, and congratulations to all of them.

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Date Posted: 08:35:12 06/09/18 Sat

Thank you very much for the thorough explanation.

When announcers say that a certain team is rowing at 36 or 37, I presume that it is strokes per minute. How do the announcers know this rate so precisely and immediately? Is somebody clocking the rowers with a stopwatch or is the announcer eyeballing it and giving unwarranted precision in his or her pronouncements?

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