Our sport of rowing is an acient sport, with it's modern sport of racing becoming popular in the mid-1800s. Leander Club in England was founded in 1818, with the first running of Henley Royal Regatta being held in 1839. Through all of history coaches simply had their eyes to judge how well a boat was moving, and rowers relied on their senses for feel and flow of the boat. In recent years, an influx of technology has changed how coaches and rowers assess their strokes and speed. The three pieces of technology below are Kent School Rowing Club's favorite tools for rowing power curve and stroke analysis.
Rowing during the summer is a great idea for any high school rower looking to develop, especially those with ambitious goals. While regular season rowing and racing may be constrained by academic and transportation schedules, summer often gives young athletes the gift of time they need to pursue their rowing more easily. Coaches and teammates also remain together for much for the year, making summer a good time to branch out an experience different corners of the sport.
Rowing at the high school level is developing rapidly. If you didn’t know already, our sport is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation! But, for many rowers of school based programs, their only racing seasons are in the fall and spring, with some only ever racing in the spring. Additionally, they may not have programs close to home in the summer months. This discrepancy in the number of days on the water compared with multi-season club rowers dramatically limits their opportunities for development.