On-water Rowing CrossFit®SiD 2020
We’re bringing on-water rowing to CrossFit®SiD 2020
Your mission is to seek out coaching and guidance to be proficient to row 300m – 500m in the stroke seat of a double scull.
You have time to learn and improve your new skills ahead of CrossFit®SiD London, January 24-26th 2020.
The first skill to acquire is feeling comfortable and balanced in a boat. Then you need to be comfortable handling sculling oars – we suggest sticking with square blades for this challenge, though learning how to ‘feather’ would be a great step up (ask a rowing coach). You should master cleanly putting the oars in the water to take a stroke, and then cleanly out after each stroke to minimise drag and disruption to the boat.
How to learn?
- Training Day with Cam Nichol – Cam will host a training day at Molesey Boat Club for any of the elite individuals +/- the UK community, or anyone that wants to attend. Numbers will be capped, however.Cam will be giving his time for free, it’s suggested each participant donates £20-£40 (drop-in fee) to the host club. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
- Your local UK rowing club – Please see the list below or follow the link provided to find your local club.
- Outside the UK – As rowing is a global sport your nearest rowing club is never too far away. You’ve probably got one on your doorstep without even realising it. Give your nearest club a call and get some time on the water with your nearest coach.
Every athlete will have to attend the mandatory safety and training course on Friday, 24th Jan 2020 at CrossFit®SiD.
There have been many questions and we hope we’ve answered them in the text below, or the full-length video above
- Athletes will need to learn how to scull (one oar in each hand) in double scull boats (two people in each boat).
- The athlete will be rowing in the ‘stroke seat’ (seat at the back, facing backward, looking out into the open).
- Accompanying each athlete will be an experienced ‘judge’: a proficient rower that will be in the ‘bow seat’ (nearest front of the boat) to balance the boat, correct course and ensure the rules of racing are upheld.
- These judges will be weight-adjusted by carrying ballast in the boat to ensure fairness.
- The judges will only correct course if safety is compromised.
- The judges will only correct course by removing speed from the boat (holding up one side or the other).
- The men’s division will row in the same boat type.
- The women’s division will row in the same boat type.
- The CrossFit®SiD course will be a single time trial in a straight line, between 300m – 500m in length.
- This challenge is about ‘learning a new sport’. It is about testing ‘balance, coordination, agility and skill.’ It is not a ‘rowing sprint.’
UK Rowing clubs:
Royal Docks Adventures
1012 Dockside Rd, Royal Docks, London E16 2QT
WinTech Racing / Oarsport
Unit 20 Nottingham South & Wilford Ind Est, Ruddington Ln, Wilford NG11 7EP Call:0115 981 8183
Molesey Boat Club
Barge Walk, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AJ
Hereford Rowing Club
37 Greyfriars Ave, Hereford HR4 0BE Email: email@example.com
Nottingham Rowing Club
Sudbury Rowing Club
University of London Boat Club
Marlow Rowing Club
London Rowing Club
Broxbourne Rowing Club
Want to find one closer? Check out https://www.britishrowing.org/go-rowing/find-a-rowing-club/ to search for a rowing club near you.
Have a question?
Questions, comments or queries are welcome. Please also feel free to email Cam Nichol firstname.lastname@example.org directly