Rowing is a past time that is enjoyed by many. It is extremely popular in the UK. The sport often forms part of the university experience, with many Ivy League schools taking top honours. In order to achieve success in rowing on a more professional level, dedication and many hours of training are required. It is an added bonus if you are able to work in a team environment. Rowing is, however, not as one-folded as you think and there are a variety of types available for the avid rower to choose from.
What is Sweep Rowing?
Sweep rowing is most often undertaken in pairs. Each rower is in charge of operating one oar, using both hands. The oars sit in the water on opposite sides of the boat. This type of rowing can be undertaken by more than two rowers, however, it is always in multiples of two. The rowers oars either hit the water stroke side or bow side.
For obvious reasons a boat that is narrower and longer will always be more streamlined, providing as little resistance as possible. Rowers are seated one behind the other, with the riggers staggered. The force from either side of the boat requires asymmetry in order to achieve speed and motion.
A Brief History
During the times of the Vikings and Greek Triremes, sweep rowing was the primary means of propelling the boats. In that instance, however, the boats were wide enough to allow rowers to sit alongside each other. The aim was to get from place to place, speed was not really a concern.
In the UK the terms sweep rowing or pulling are seldom used with reference to this kind of activity is generally referred to as rowing. Rowing is a phenomenal sport which requires tremendous strength and stamina. It is vital that the crew works in unison to ensure a smooth ride.