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  1. Coxswain Tips: Know Your Squad

    Your are the brain of the boat; the better connected you are to the rest of your crew, the better you’ll function as a single unit on the water.

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  2. Using the EmPower Oarlock to Sync Catches in Team Boats

    We reached out to Matt Muffelman, coach of the 2017 Men's LW 4-, to see how he was using the Oarlocks in practice. His advice should be helpful to anyone looking to improve catch timing in team boats. Read more...
  3. Watts on Watts: Interval Training with Power

    On-the-water power meters became widely accessible to rowers with the launch of the EmPower Oarlock in late 2016; but now that we can get one, what do we do with it?

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  4. The Greatest Eight?

    The Greatest Eight?

    The last major international regatta was FISA World Championships in Sarasota, FL at the end of September. It was so recent, some of the international rowers haven’t even gone home yet.

    Five of the six women who competed against each other in the 1x A-Final in Sarasota will be racing as boat mates in this year’s Great Eight at the Head of the Charles. Three of the six men who raced against each other in their 1x A-final will also be teaming up.

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  5. Customizing the Windows on Your SpeedCoach Screen

    The home screen on the SpeedCoach GPS II has four windows. The default settings for these windows are, from top left going clockwise, stroke rate, 500m split, elapsed time, and distance traveled.

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  6. How to Use NK LiNK

    Your SpeedCoach GPS2 with Training Pack will connect to a computer or smart device through the NK LiNK computer or mobile app. LiNK is the SpeedCoach’s data transfer program It is also how you are able to update your unit as firmware updates and new features are released. You DO need the Training Pack version of the SpeedCoach in order to download your data, but if you have the app, you can still do firmware updates with LiNK and the basic version of a SPC GPS2 (no data transfer is possible with a model 1).

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  7. Finding the Boatmovers

    Finding the Boatmovers

    Until recently, the most accurate metric for on-the-water performance has been the 500-meter split. It makes sense: races are measured in time over distance, so why not measure practice pieces the same way?

    If the goal is to improve an athlete’s performance, a logical requirement is to be able to accurately measure that performance. The biggest problem with using splits to gauge improvement is that boat speed doesn’t just depend on the athlete’s input; it’s also affected by numerous other factors including current, wind, weight, and rigging.

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  8. For Coaches: The Perfect Pre-Race Email

    For Coaches: The Perfect Pre-Race Email

    Hello Rowers!

    The Time is here. Time to show our competitors that we are faster since [last regatta]. Focus on your boats, row together and go out there and have fun.

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  9. Critical Boat Handling Skills for Rowing in Current

    Critical Boat Handling Skills for Rowing in Current

    Launching from a Dock that is Parallel to the Current

    Launch into the current (i.e. with the bow of the boat pointing upriver) if at all possible. Get bow pair's blades on the water as soon as you can, especially the one closer to the dock. This might mean having bow seat or two seat draw their oar through the oarlock and push off the dock with the tip of their blade while everyone else sets the boat. Add pairs one at a time from the bow until you have enough speed to get out into the river. Peek back at your stern to make sure it doesn't scrape against the dock as you're pulling away.

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  10. Reading the River, Part 1: Avoiding Obstacles

    Reading the River, Part 1: Avoiding Obstacles A sandbar ripped this skeg box right out of the hull.

    Underwater Obstacles

    Keep an eye out for V-shaped patterns in the water. Stationary objects underneath the surface create wakes just like boats do. The V will point toward you when you’re rowing with the current and away from you when you’re rowing against the current. Underwater obstacles don’t always disturb the water above them, but if you see this pattern in the surface of the water, stay away!

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