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.
Beginner's stroke rate 16
Base stroke rate 24
Racing stroke rate 32

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