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City of Oxford Rowing Club has a new website: http://oxfordrowingclub.org.uk/ #readallaboutus

The City of Oxford Rowing Club is one of Oxford's largest and most successful rowing clubs with membership open to all. With over 300 members, it has thriving men's, women's, junior and adaptive squads, from beginners to elite.
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Latest blog for #rowers and #coaches is about "the recovery". The part of the stroke which tells the world so much about your crew: http://bit.ly/2qXYJfy

(This is the fourth in a series of coaching notes and is probably best read with the preceding “Coaching the Finish”. The techniques described apply primarily to rowing rather than sculling and to bigger boats rather than small ones).
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Sad to report the passing of Lawrence Belcher (1917 - 2017), President of and generous donor to City of Oxford RC. #RIP #CORC #rowing ☹️

Latest blog. You'd think getting the oar out of the water would be simple, wouldn't you? http://bit.ly/2oWh1yW

The Finish, like the catch, is a transition phase in the stroke cycle, this time from water to air, and like the catch, the quality of a rower’s finish is heavily dependent on the preceding phase of the stroke. For the sake of brevity, most of the advice in this blog is aimed at rowers rather than…
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The “Drive” is the ‘working’ phase of the rowing stroke. If we consider the four phases of the stroke (catch, drive, finish, recovery), the drive differs from the others in that it is as much about power as technique. The drive is the application of force to the handle of the blade to lever the boat past the spoon. http://bit.ly/2lMxC4S

(This is the second in a series of coaching notes. You may find it helpful to read it with the preceding “Coaching the Catch”).
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My latest blog has been republished on the Rowperfect website. Big thanks to Rebecca Caroe.

Coaching the catch in rowing is difficult - Howard explains with 3 diagrams what should happen, common faults and how to correct them.
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"The catch" is a deceptively simple movement, but it is very easy to get it wrong:
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If you Google the term “catch” you find “intercept and hold (something which has been thrown, propelled, or dropped” and in rowing “the catch” is precisely about intercepting and holding the moving interface between the boat and the water. It is a simple term for a subtly complex concept, certainly…
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Concentration, focus, awareness, call it what you like. Other than fitness, this is probably the biggest difference between "average" and "elite" rowers: http://bit.ly/1Pswuxz #rowing #winning

I occasionally have to remind my students that while rowing is not an intellectual sport, it does make quite extraordinary demands on their powers of concentration. Very few beginners are in the h…
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Looking for one or more Mandarin-speaking coxes familiar with the Thames in Oxford, who can be available for regular morning outings with a group of Chinese executives visiting Oxford to learn to row between 21st March and 15th April. Payment offered approx £150 per week and could also be an excellent networking opportunity. Please message me (Howard Aiken) if you or someone you know might fit the bill.

Rowers, that blade you are slaving over isn't just a stick with a spoon on the end, it's a highly engineered spring: http://bit.ly/1MX1IXL

Most club rowers, quite rightly, will work with whatever equipment they are given, so we sometimes miss the subtleties of design in that equipment. Take a modern sweep-oar for example. It is actua…
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Kanghua Boats - the latest name in Chinese boatbuilding and European design - article for Row360 magazine now available online at http://bit.ly/1PGexgi

Eric Sims is a man with a long history in boat building. He made his start some thirty years ago with a second hand mould and some encouragement from friend and international rowing coach Mike Spr...
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Blog on finding and recruiting potential top athletes for your rowing club now online at Rowperfect : http://bit.ly/1M37mdi

As the northern hemisphere club regatta season enters its final stages, it may be a good time to think about how your club is going to handle the challenge of recruiting new talent for next season. Clubs have to deal with the inevitable fact that rowers sometimes have to move on, either because of…
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Is your club looking for new rowing talent? Where and how do you recruit athletes for your top squads? A nine-step programme for clubs: http://bit.ly/1JuVIbs

As the northern hemisphere club regatta season enters its final stages, it may be a good time to think about how your club is going to handle the challenge of recruiting new talent for next season....
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I recently interviewed paralympian Kathleen O'Kelly Kennedy for Row360 magazine, and one aspect which shone through her story was the excellent support she received from the very start of her contact with the sport from West Australian Rowing Club (interview available here: http://bit.ly/1VKwDi8 ). And it wasn't about money or special kit - it was about treating her as a fellow athlete. I'd be interested to hear what other clubs around the world are doing for para-rowers.

by Howard Aiken People come to rowing via a variety of routes, some conventional, some unconventional and some downright discouraging. Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy is one of that last group. She came i...
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My blog on "Balancing the boat" is now available on crossedblades.com as well as on The Rowing Club: http://bit.ly/1HfBo9v #rowing #getitright

by Howard Aiken New rowers are often surprised by the instability of ‘fine’ racing boats. These boats are designed for speed on the water and their long, narrow, semi-circular hulls have very limi...
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