Oars

The Skinny on the Skinny

Jun 08, 2011

We’ve recently added a new sweep shaft to our oar offerings: the Skinny. The Skinny was originally developed in collaboration with elite women crews looking for a softer feel, especially when using the Fat2 blade. As the name suggests, the Skinny has a narrower diameter than traditional sweep shafts, which also has other benefits such as reduced wind resistance, especially in headwind conditions. Continue Reading ›

Rowers: Get a Grip!

Apr 08, 2011

Watching a crew row by, one’s technical eye will typically spot the slow catches from the faster ones, inconsistent blade work and maybe even the body movements that are out of sync. Yet, I think the coach should not be totally responsible for influencing the change of a quicker catch or improved timing. It seems to me the rower should also take the responsibility of correcting these flaws. Continue Reading ›

Canot à Glace

Feb 28, 2011

Can you handle the True North? That is, can you handle rowing in Canada in sub-zero temperatures? Last month, I tried exactly that. I was initiated to a historical sport, “Canot à Glace,” which is practiced in Quebec City on the St-Laurent seaway. The easy translation would be “Ice Canoeing,” but with all due respect, it’s rowing and not canoeing since we go backwards and use Concept2 oars instead of wooden paddles. However, given the oral tradition of the sport and how the passionate winter rowers in Quebec City have passed it down from one generation to the next, I will uphold the tradition and call it as it is in French, “Canot à Glace.” It is now part of the culture of Quebec City. There is a competitive league for the sport and the die-hard winter lovers say that it’s the best winter sport! Continue Reading ›

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