Glossary of rowing terms

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Wikipedia has a comprehensive list of rowing terms that a coach and a rower should know.

Glossary of rowing terms on WikipediaTake a look at some of them and follow the link below the post to go to the original article. This list is especially useful for people who are new to rowing or whose mother tongue is not English.

  • Bowside. (UK) Any sweep rower who rows with the oar on the bowside (usually, the right or starboard side) of the boat.
  • Strokeside. (UK) Any sweep rower who rows with the oar on the strokeside (usually, the left or port side) of the boat.
  • Starboard. (US) A sweep rower who rows with the oar on the starboard (or right) side of the boat.
  • Port. (US) A sweep rower who rows with the oar on the port or left side of the boat.
  • Ambidextrous (or bisweptual). (UK) A rower who can row both on stroke side and bow side. (US) A rower who can row both on the starboard and port sides of the boat.
  • Macon blade. Traditional U-shaped oar blade (also spoon blade and tulip).
  • Skeg (or fin). Thin piece of flat metal or plastic that helps stabilize the shell in the water.

Take a look at the whole list in Wikipedia.