The Rowing Stroke

The rowing stroke consists of the drive and the recovery. Rowers move the boat during the drive phase and, on the recovery, allow the boat to run while they recover and prepare for the next stroke.

Breakdown of the recovery phase

  • Releasing the blade from the water
  • Setting the arms and body
  • Sliding into the catch position
  • Dropping the blade into the water

Breakdown of the drive phase

  • Initial drive to connect the blade to the footboard
  • Mid drive with the legs and body working together
  • Finish with the legs body and arms working together

The pages in this section contain detailed information that rowers and coxswains need in order to perfect each aspect of the rowing stroke. Executing each aspect to perfection is the path to a fast boat.