APSM Rowing club

ALbert park - south melbourne | rowing club

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·COXSWAINPerson who controls the boat, the crew, life, the environment, can interpret what the Swahili speaking coach says in a way that the crew can understand, is, when needed, able to blister paint at 50 metres distance through tone and choice of words, is so light that a boat tie is needed plus a bag of weights to reach the minimum legal weight, is able to compute the most efficient path taking into consideration, wind/tide/current/other boats/ripple/condition of crew and individuals/ air disturbances from passing birds/effect of spectators and passersby -their demeanour, noise and dress, current FISA code, rules and regulations nuance and interpretation and is worth 1.681 crew member.

·GUNWALES: edges of the boat to which the riggers or quick release plates are attached [pronounced gunnels]

·HALF ARM: Raise ARM on selected side to elbow height 

·SCULL: 2 Oars per person, single, double, quad, octo

·SHIP OAR: Pull oar handle in and away from water so that the oar shaft is lying across the boat.

·SKEG: Also called fin - flat, thin, roughly triangular piece of metal/plastic jutting from the bottom of the boat, in line with or contiguous with the rudder

·STRETCHER: Holds the shoes/straps into which feet are placed 

·STRINGas in string up - latch on rowlock [pronounced rollick] so string up translates as put oar into rowlock, close and tighten latch - note - latch does not need to be tightened hard.

·SWEEP: 1 Oar per person pair, four, eight

·TOUCH/TAP: Selected crew to row lightly using arms only

·UNSHIP OAR: Push blade away from the boat so that that the blade is floating on or in the water.

·UNSTRING: the reverse of ‘string up’, loosen the latch, take oar out and place next to gate, do up latch.


32-36 Aughtie Drive

Albert Park 3206

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APSM Rowing Club

PO Box 281, South Melbourne, VIC, 3205 

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