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Stroke Cycles

Following discussions on the net (and with Ian Hunter over a beer or two) on how to make a good recovery, I decided to look at what the world's best do under race conditions.
With permission from FISA I have taken images from their DVD of the Milan World Championships 2003.
(Some images come from other sources.)

For those new to looking at rowing video, pay particular attention to:-
  • body angles (when it opens and closes)
  • the amount of compression
  • the arms/shoulders/back and bottom at the start of the drive
  • the timing of the "tap down"
In addition, the water level in the background gives us an indication of the hand heights throughout the stroke, and also the fore/aft pitch of the boat.