Rowing dictionary – R


Construction in the boathouse where the boats are moored.


See: Stroke rate.

Rating training

Conditional exercise where the purpose is to increase the stroke and bring more in the comfort zone of a rower. Main article: Rating training.


The relationship between the time taken during the draw and recovery phases of stroke.

Reach straw

Tool to make sure that the catch is always on a fixed point away from the rower(s). Main article: Reach straw.

Recover with squaring twice

Exercise where the blade is turned twice during recovery, to propagate timely squaring. Main article: Squaring twice.


The non-work phase of the stroke where the rower returns the oar from the release to the catch. Main article: Recovery.


A competition with events for different boat types and status rowers usually involving heats, semi finals and finals for each event. Boats compete side by side from a standing start.


At the end of the drive portion of the stroke. It is when the oar blade(s) is removed (or released) from the water.


The “second chance” race given to those crews which fail to qualify for the finals from an opening heat. “Rep” qualifiers move onto semi-finals or finals depending on the number of entries. Used in international racing.


American supplier of boats. Main article: Courses.

Reverse and normal stroke

Exercise where backing the boat is combined with a normal stroke withou the blades leaving the water. Main article: Reverse and normal stroke.

Reverse ratio rowing

Exercise where the recovery should take less time than the draw. Main article: Reverse ratio rowing.


The accelerations and decelerations in the stroke. That which makes the stroke different from the wiper stroke. Main article: Rhythm.


The name given to the curved parts of the boat to which the skin of the hull is attached. They are load bearing supports that mount rigger and attach to keel of boat.


Commonly used name for an outrigger. Metal outriggers attached to the boat outer shell of the boat next to each seat that support the oarlock and the pin. The oarlock is attached to the far end of the rigger away from the boat. The rigger allows the racing shell to be narrow thereby decreasing drag, while at the same time placing the oarlock at a point that optimizes leverage of the oar. There are several styles of riggers, typically attached either to the side of the hull or to the top of the gunwales. The most common is the classic rigger, with two or three points attached to the boat and the fourth point being where the oarlock is placed.

Rigger jigger

A small spanner used for attaching and adjusting riggers.

Rigger position

Rigging element that indicates the distance between the stern point of the stretcher channel and the oarlock pin. Main article: Rigger position.


The way in which the riggers, slides, oarlock, pins, foot plate, oars and sculls can be adjusted to optimise rower comfort and efficiency. The term comes from an old English wrigan or wrihan, which means "to clothe." It literally means to outfit or clothe a boat.

Right handle to the hip

Mistake in sculling where at the finish the right handle is pulled to the hip, causing the boat to tilt. Main article: Right handle to the hip.


The wheels upon which the seat travels along its track.

Rowing Coach Foundation

The Rowing Coach Foundation (Stichting Roeicoach) is a Dutch company for coaches and instructors. Main article: About us.

Rowing machine

Rowing simulator for use on land.

Main article: Rowing machine.

Rowing stroke

See: Stroke.

Rowing with 3 catches

Exercise where three catches are made before the draw in the Rowing bin, or on the Rowing machine. Main article: Rowing with 3 catches.

Rowing with accents

Exercise where parts of the draw are executed with more speed and power. Main article: Rowing with emphasising.


See: Oarlock.


Dutch supplier of rowing machines. Main article: Rowing machine.


The device under the boat which when moved causes change of direction. Linked to the cox or a crew member by wires.


The distance a shell travels during each stroke.


See: Tracks.

Running start

A racing start undertaken with the boat already moving.


When rowers move too quickly along their tracks into the catch. Main article: Uncontrolled sliding.

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