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Rowing Boat Balance by Jim Flood

Rowing Boat Balance by Jim Flood

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A manual explaining how to balance a rowing or sculling boat. Includes detailed mind map of the process. More detail at http://www.rowperfect.co.uk/shop/balance-by-jim-flood-ebook-187.html
A manual explaining how to balance a rowing or sculling boat. Includes detailed mind map of the process. More detail at http://www.rowperfect.co.uk/shop/balance-by-jim-flood-ebook-187.html

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BALANCE-CREATINGROWINGANDSCULLINGBOATBALANCE
1
for
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flatonthewater
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unlessthehands
alllift
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on
theslide
featheringpartiallyunderthewaterwillalsopulltheboatover
bymovingtheupper
body.Resistthe
temptation
toreactbymovingtheshouldersGoodtimingatthefinish(extraction)
setstheboatlevel
movingthehandsparallelto
tne
edgeofthe
boatandatthesame
heightthroughoutthecrewsothat
/
I
Because
I
nyfurthermovementofthebodyisminimisedhandsmoving
up
anddownrelativetotheedgeoftheboot
cause
lt
toron
iftingyourrightfootiftheboatisdownonthatside(andviceversa).Keeptheheelincontactandliftthetoeshard
againstthe
shoe
-:
Thisiscounter-intuitivebecause
/'
I
This
,
astheboatrolls,thereactionistochangetheheightofthehands-don't!providesaslightshiftofweightontheseat
Diagram7
If
youarearecentbeginnerorimproverandyouarefrustratedbytheimbalanceoftheboatyouorerowingin,thisarticleisforyou.I'vewrittenitinthebeliefthatit'snotjustenoughtobetoldwhattodotoachieveabalancedboat,youdoneedtounderstandthemechanicaleffectsthatcausetheboattorollaround-andtheactionthatyoucantaketocounteractit.Sothisismyattempttoexplaintoyouwhatisgoingonwhentheboatisfloppingfromsidetosideandyouareunabletorowproperly.
IfI
succeedthenhopefullythefrustrationwillbelimitedandtheenjoymentofrowingwillincrease.However,itwillnotworkifyousimplyreadthisarticle.It'snotaquickfix!Youneedto'processtheinforma-tion'byre-packagingitinyourownmind.
I'll
explainmoreaboutthisaswegoalong.
In
tryingtoachieveabalancedboat,youhaveahugeadvantageinthatthebladesorecloselyanalogoustoatightropewalker'spole.Sothefirsttaskinprocessingthisinformationistovisualiseyourselfwalkingalongatightropeholdingalongpole.Canyoufeelhowithelpsyoutobalance?Pleasedonotjustreadstraighton,spendafewsecondsthinkingaboutthis!Theprobleminrowingisthatyoueitherhavehalfthepoleineachhand(sculling)oryouonlyhavehalfofapole(sweepoarrowing).Oneofthemainproblemsinmaintainingabalancedboatistoco-ordinatethetwohalvesofthe'pole'sothatitisnotbroken.Inowwantyoutovisualisewhatitwouldbeliketryingtobal-anceonatightropeeitherwithonehalfofabrokenpoleineachhand,orholdingontoapartnerwhohasonehalfofthepolewhilstyouhavetheotherhalf(pausetothinkaboutthis!).
In
effect,thisisthedisadvan-tagethatweneedtomanagetoachieveabalancedboat.
CopyrightJimFlood,2010www.rowperfect.co.uk
 
BALANCE-CREATINGROWINGANDSCULLINGBOATBALANCE
2
Nowyoumighthavealreadyvisualisedthatthe'pole'doesget'broken'ashandslifttoplacethebladesinthewateratthecatch,ordroptoextractthebladesatthefinish.I'dlikeyoutoimaginethatthisisthepoleflexingratherthanbeingbroken.Thekeytovisualisingthisisthatasapoleflexesupordown,itissymmetri-calaroundthecentrepointasinDiagrams2and3.
Diagram2Diagram3
Theproblemofthe'broken'poleoccurswhenthehandsseparateverticallyinscullingorareheldatdifferentheightsinsweepoarrowing.Sointhecasebelow(Diagram4)thehandheightsaredifferentcausinga'brokenpole'effect.Butcomparetheangleofthebladesinthediagramaboveandtheonebelow.Aretheydifferent?
Diagram4
Checkcarefullyandyouwillfindthattheangleofthebladeshasnotchanged.Howcanthisbe?Whathaschangedistheangleoftheboat.Liftingonebladeandloweringtheotherhaslittleeffectotherthantotiptheboatover.Thereasonisthattheforcerequiredtomovetheendoftheblade(thespoon)isconsiderablylesstheforcerequiredtomovetherigger-sotheriggermoves,nottheblade.Nowimagineyourselfrowinginaboatinthisposition,eitherascullingboatorasweepoarboat.Thereac-tionoftenistolowerthehandleofthelefthandblade(aswelookatthediagram)inordertopreventitgoingdeeper,andtoraisethehandleoftherighthandbladeinorderthatthespooncanbeplacedinthewatertotakeastroke.Nowthismightbealittlemoredifficulttovisualise.Ifthehandlesseparatefurther(aswelookatthem),theangleofthebladeswillstayalmostthesame,whatwillhappenisthattheboatwilltiltevenmore.Ifyoudoubtthis,trytheexperimentbelow.
CopyrightJimFlood,2010www.rowperfect.co.uk

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