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Utah Crew Boys Quad at South West Championships
Rowing is the fastest growing sport in the United States at both the youth and collegiate level.
Most people in the United States do not start rowing until middle school or high school since rowing equipment sized for children is very rare. That means that everyone in this age group is starting at the about the same time. Teenage athletes who have not yet found their sport have the ability to excel in rowing within just a couple of years.
Rowing is a global sport with thriving rowing scenes in the Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Canada, South Africa, and many other countries.
Any rower will tell you that being a rower is one of the most defining experiences of their life. It builds self-confidence, fitness, self-reliance, and social skills. You will gain life long friends and a connection with every rower in the world.
Although spectators will see hundreds of different races at a rowing event, there are only six basic boat configurations. Scullers row in singles (1x), doubles (2x) and quads (4x). Sweep rowers come in pairs (2s), fours (4s) and eights (8s). Sweep rowers may or may not carry a coxswain (cox-n), the person who steers the boat and serves as the on-the-water coach. All eights have coxswains, but pairs and fours may or may not. In all sculling boats and sweep boats without coxswains, a rower steers the boat by using a rudder moved with the foot.
Shell - The racing boat. Shells come in configurations and sizes for single rowers, pairs, fours, and eights. They’re made of lightweight carbon fiber. The smallest boat on the water is the single scull, which is only 27-30 feet long, a foot wide and approximately 30 pounds. Eights are the largest boats at 60 feet and a little over 200 pounds.
Scull - A shell configured so that each rower uses two oars. This term is also used interchangeably when referring to the oars used in a sculling shell, the shell it self or the act of rowing a sculling shell. - Single: A scull for one rower. - Double: A scull for 2 rowers. - Quad: A scull for 4 rowers.
Weigh-Enough - Actually sounds like “way-nuff”. This is the coxswain’s call to have all rowers stop rowing - the crew should finish the stroke in progress and stop rowing
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