> > > I'm not following this. ? If the rower is leaning to port, he has his
> > > weight on his right ***cheek, not his left. ? (port= left
> > > side of boat as facing to bow).
> > I'm still confused folks, help me out. ? ?Is it so obvious that John
> > meant
> > weighting the opposite cheek than he states above me here?
> > If I lean to port, I'm unweighting my left cheek, and weighting
> > my right. ? right?
> > I'm ROWING, not coxing! ?right?
> > Am I having a major senior moment and have my port/stbd
> > confused?
> I had to do a double take as well after which I concluded he meant that to get your weight on the right asscheek you first create momentum by pressing down your left asscheek. Kind of like standing on one side of a raft and running running to the other side; the raft initially moves in the opposite direction of the run and after the running stops, drifts in the same the direction of the run. All a bit far fetched and judging by the post that just appeared whilst I was typing this it is in fact not what he meant. So now I am basically just as confused as you are.
> I still stand by my previous point though: your body is not in an optimal position for rowing so it is per se a bad thing to lean.
and technical, but the basic premise as stated seemed wrong.
It is almost universal that sweep rowers will have a lean away
from their riggers, even if it's visibly imperceptible, IE if you
look down from the stern of the boat and the heads seemed
lined up at the finish.
Rowers, for the most part, must be taught otherwise.
Learning how to finish properly, balance the boat with the
bladework and not the body is a long process, something
that a few sessions of work and some miles is going to
teach. In the meantime, I have an outing I recommend
that at the very least, helps rowers to not be defensive
in the sweep boat, and do things that interfere with
their or others' learning process - it's fun and effective.
I have a "lean contest". Pair, four, eight, doesn't matter
Step 1. be able to row with a pause at the finish.
with others balancing boat for you, lean
radically into the rigger at the finish, make it
extreme. Row by pairs in a four/eight, or
circles in a pair.
Step 2. now try it rowing all. Pause at finish leaning
radically into your rigger. Make a contest of
it. Your side WINS if the boat is down to your
rigger. If the boat is leaning to port, portside
wins. Have fun with this exercise.
Step 3. make the lean less extreme, but make it
definite so that from the stern, you as coach
can tell. The heads should be split as you look
from stern to bow, where the head is on the side
of the keel as that rowers' rigger. If the boat
leans to that side, let it lean, don't try to
correct that stroke.
Coach the people that
if the boat leans to their side, finish a little
higher on the next stroke, but don't
compensate by leaning. The high
side after Step 2 should feel some
responsibility to bring the boat level.
This outing is very effective for a short term, the
natural pressure over time is that some rowers
will become defensive again, particularly if they've
been rowing defensively for a long time.
A great many other things go into a good
finish, but this step gives them a chance at
it, and gives other athletes a chance!