The proper rowing stroke - called J-stroke for didactic reasons - is the preferred rowing stroke recommended by this app. The J-stroke is performed in one continuous motion from catch up to (and including) initial away. The point where the draw ends (and pauses), on ¼ seat, is called the rest point. The rest point may have a little pause or hesitation in the continuity of the stroke. A stroke performed with this rest point in mind looks like a lying J, () hence the name.
The Australian stroke - with the distinctive stop after the finish - is a stroke that is not suitable for the majority of rowers. The reasons for this are the following:
the variant with a stop direct after the finish (stop 1) causes problems with high waves;
this stroke only pays off at a very high boat speed and an extremely direct catch;
the stroke is extremely complex to perform and therefore only suitable for very advanced race rowers;
with a wrong execution seconds are lost, with a correct execution tenths of seconds are gained.
The J-stroke is described in the following paragraphs.