Rowing Coaches

Rigging Series 

A series of papers that discuss a variety of rigging dimensions to provide coaches and athletes an insight to how the measurements are taken and the effects they have on the rowing stroke.

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Rigging Videos by Mike Purcer

 In this five-part series Mike explains how to analyze the effectiveness of your rigging.  

1) Blade Slip

Blade Slip is a critical dimension to measure the effectiveness of the crew's rigging as it directly related to the distance the boat moves during the drive phase of the stroke.  This video explains the dimension of Blade Slip, how to measure and evaluate it.  

2) Drive Time

Drive Time is a measurement of the time between when the blade is fully buried at the catch to when the blade is extracted from the water and reaches the feathered position.  This dimension provides an insight to the rigging load and length of stroke. 

3) Stroke Position

Stroke Position relates to the position of the outboard oar relative to the boat.  The Stroke Position is a measurement in percentage of time that the oar spends in the water before it reaches the perpendicular to the boat.

4) Stroke Ratio

Stroke Ratio is a measurement of the time the athlete spends on the recovery divided by the time spent on the drive.   

5) Rigging Adjustments

This video discusses the about four measurements and how rigging length or load can be adjusted to increase the efficiency for the crew. 

Blade Slip 

Drive Time

Stroke Position

Stroke Ratio and Stroke Rate

Making Rigging Adjustments