BOAT TRAINING – September 2014


Week 8 – Session 1

  • For the past three weeks we have concentrated on individual externals – this week we continue but look at each of these in the one session
  • We wish to look at OVERALL boat movement
  • We still wish to avoid RUSHED, VIOLENT, SUDDEN movements of hands and bodies BUT most importantly we want the following:

–       Blade traveling at constant depth below the water
–       Blade traveling at constant height above the water
–       Blade traveling at a speed through the water greater than the boat’s speed
–       Blade traveling at a speed above the water equal to the speed of the boat
–       Blade entering the water with even minor splash to front and back
–       Blade exiting the water cleanly without being enveloped by puddle

  • Boat movement/speed should reflect the attached diagram (show rowers)
  • Be mindful that the boat will slow and when the boat slows it falls in the water. The more a boat falls in the water the greater the resistance in the water and the greater the effort is required to lift it out of the water again
  • We wish to maintain the boat on a constant plain with minimal variation in height surging must be minimized the bow will bob but not fall
  • The crew should be aware of this to foster a FEEL for the boat and stroke

1 SESSION –  8km (TOTAL)

  • Complete general warm up drills in partial crews pertinent to the needs of crew (note past sessions) 1000m

Partial crew     1
20 strokes @ 18 full strokes achieve maintainable boat speed
Partial crew     2
40 strokes @ 24 ½ slide maintaining the boat speed of partial crew 1
Swap partial crews and do again

  • Partial crew 40 strokes = @ 18 for 20 strokes

@ 24 for 20 strokes      x6 each

  • Full crew 40 strokes     = @ 18 for 20 strokes

@ 28 for 20 strokes       x6 continuous
FOCUS:         Becoming aware of boat speed and its maintenance between rating variation and boat combinations. Retain height of boat in water and negating fall of boat between ratings and combinations.
DRILL:           CLEARANCE – Draw attention to the bow’s puddle as it goes off the stern off the boat. Play with purposefully varying the clearance – allow the crew to vary clearance i.e. stroke seat, coxswain seat, ½ canvas, full canvas, 1 metre, two metres etc
Week 9 Session 2

  • Reinforcing the work done in the last session /camp. In sweep inside leg following the keel line when coming forward.
  • No rush forward, controlled recovery with strong legs in drive
  • All done with a mind to boat speed
  • Hold the knees down for a moment longer to moderate rating – don’t rush
  • Suggest the crew rows to big bend
  • Crew should do a 20 minute ergo this week. Set by their coaches.

1 SESSION – 8+km (TOTAL)

  • Full crew swing through

(continuous, full effort required)
5 minutes @18
4 minutes @20
3 minutes @ 22
2 minutes @24
1 minute @ 26
30 sec @ 28
4 minutes @22
3 minutes @ 24
2 minutes @26
1 minute @ 28
30 sec @ 28+