Let’s Grow Rowing

Our glorious leader Mark Davies published this link to his blog post on twitter ...and some gobby random Northern muso type challenged me to discuss it. Given that I am currently arse deep in Sport England statistics for a review of the data presented in the Inclusive Club Guide, I felt the need to jump into something … Continue reading Let’s Grow Rowing

Brookes, Ghent 2015, Modafinil, and being the troll.

In response to the visit of IOC President Thomas Bach to the Plodiv World Chamionship Regatta last weekend, The Rowing Voice posted this rather insightful summation of his warning for the future of lwt rowing and sculling at the Olympics. The article also included the very clear idea that FISA has no real authority to run the … Continue reading Brookes, Ghent 2015, Modafinil, and being the troll.

The 2k Test,

Reprinted with thanks to a friend of altrowing.com - There is one be all, and end all, of a 2000m ergo race – pain. Despite all its complications and talk of efficiency, free speed, and technique, the rowing stroke is very simple. The legs engage, the back levers past the hips, the hands whip round, … Continue reading The 2k Test,


Gentlemen, ladies and Amateurs of the rowing world i feel that it is time to return to my previous musings on Pothunting. Everyone who has spent a little time in competitive rowing understands more or less what a Pothunt is, but it is time to clarify, to subdivide, to praise, and where necessary, to condemn, … Continue reading Pothunting

How to spot a drug cheat on a rowing machine!

If you have read, which is probably unlikely given the tumble weed clogging up this blog, my previous post in this subject Performance Enhancing Drugs in Rowing, you will know that from the available evidence there is clearly a subsection (disproportionately Eastern European, and particularly Russian) of competitive rowers who use performance enhancing drugs. If … Continue reading How to spot a drug cheat on a rowing machine!