NBRC uses sliding seat boats. Rowers harness the power of their legs. It’s a pushing sport. They push against a fixed foot brace, thus sending their bodies into the bow of the boat as they drive the oars through the water. Rowing can keep you fit and healthy from childhood far into old age, and helps get us out in nature, both alone and with others, and celebrate our time on the planet.
There are two kinds of rowing: sculling and sweep. NBRC supports both. Our club strives to invite everyone onto the water, in Learn-to-Rows, clinics, private lessons, training sessions, and race preparation.
Sweep rowers each carry one long oar (11’-11.75’). Sweep boats, commonly called crew boats, carry 2, 4, or 8 rowers. The 8+ is the largest. (+ stands for the extra person in the boat, the coxswain, who steers, and commands the crew through a microphone and speaker system). A sweep boat rowed by two is called a pair, or 2-. (- means there is not a coxswain on board).
Scullers carry one (shorter) oar in each hand (8.2’-9.8’). Scullers can row singly (in a 1x), doubly (2x) or as a crew of four (4x*). Generally speaking, the bigger the boat, the more stable. Beginning scullers trying solo boats start in wider-hulled training boats (Aero), proceed to a thinner, tippier boat (Maas 24) and finally, with a certified coach’s permission, to our sole 27 and/or weight-appropriate racing single.
Rowing terminology is fun to learn, and varies a little among clubs. Some commands are weigh enough, hold water, feather, and square. Part of the fun of rowing is following these commands to work with crews, coxswains and coaches to move a boat efficiently and beautifully through the water.