Rowing dictionary – W


When passing a boat, the coxswain announces each seat as it is passed.


The wake from a motorized boat, disliked by rowers as the wash affects the boat stability and can cause water to flood over the gunwales.

Washing out

Mistake, when a blade comes out of the water during drive and creates surface wash that causes the boat to lose power and become unsteady. Main article: Washing out.

Water-free recovery

Mistake when the rower is touching the water during the recovery. Main article: No water-free recovery.


The interaction between the blade and the water.


L, LWT or Lt: Lightweight rowing. If not present the crew is open weight.


See: Roller.


Wide (scull) boat in which it is easy to keep a balance.

Wide-legged sculling

Mistake where the legs are kept too far apart. Main article: Wide-legged rowing.


Dutch supplier of boats.

Wing rigger

Rigger consisting of one continuous aluminum tube and requiring a ribless construction of a rowing boat. It has a stiffer workthru which makes the boat more responsive to the power of the stroke. This can also have the extra support of a backstay. This rigger is mounted on the top of the gunwales.


American supplier of boats.

Wiper stroke

Mistake where the rhythm of the rowing motion is not right and where the rower(s) moves back and forth like a windshield wiper. Main article: Wiper stroke.

Work through distance

Rigging element where the distance is measured in the longitudinal direction of the boat between the center of the oarlock pin and the back of the seat when the rower is sitting with legs straight. Main article: Distance behind the work.

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