The Dutch rowing stroke

Stroke rate

The stroke rate in a rowing boat can best be compared with the pedaling frequency of a bicycle: bicycle speed and pedaling frequency are two independent things. One can choose high gearing and low pedaling frequency, but most cyclists opt for a lighter gearing and higher pedaling frequency.

The same applies for a rowing boat, there the pressure and the stroke rate and both can be choosen. Therefore it is important that the oars - just like the gear on the bicycle - are adjusted to the correct gearing, see also the adjustment concept: Gearing. The gearing can also be adjusted to place orange clams between the oarlock and the collar.

In order to be able to row a relative high stroke rate in a easy manner, it is important to do this with a good rhythm. A fierce leg drive, followed by an accelerated handle up to ¼ seat (J-stroke) where also the trunk is turned immediately during the initial away. Stroke rate 24 can be used as a basic stroke, beginners row in the lower stroke rate 16. For competitions, stroke rate 32 or higher is desired.

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Beginner's stroke rate 16

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Base stroke rate 24

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Racing stroke rate 32

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