Resources for Novices
The Types of Boat:
Quad (4x+ or 4x-):
Four (4+ or 4-):
Parts of the Boat:
The bow is the front end of the boat. It has a ‘bow ball’ to provide some protection from damage. It also has a slot for mounting race numbers and the name of the boat will be at the bow.
The stern of the boat is at the rear. This is where you find a surprisingly small rudder that is controlled by the cox or one of the rowers themselves in a coxless boat.
The rower nearest the front of the boat is the no1 seat and is called ‘bow’. The numbers then increase as you move down the boat. The rower nearest the stern is called ‘stoke’. For a quad or 4 the crew would be bow, 2,3 and stroke.
The Rowing Stroke: