Basic Rowing Equipment

If you’re starting out, it’s useful to have an overview of all of the basic rowing equipment that you will come across.

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Here’s a handy list…

Spoon
Spoon of oarThe end of the oar which enters the water. Usually painted in the colours of the club represented by the rower. There are different shaped spoons; cleaver are shaped like meat cleavers and macon oars have the traditional tulip shaped spoon.
Spoon:
Spoon of oar
The end of the oar which enters the water. Usually painted in the colours of the club represented by the rower. There are different shaped spoons; cleaver are shaped like meat cleavers and macon oars have the traditional tulip shaped spoon.
Oars
OarsRowers use oars (or blades) as a lever to propel the boat.
Oars:
Oars
Rowers use oars (or blades) as a lever to propel the boat.
Riggers
RiggersThe riggers of a boat (metal outrigger) are situated at each seat in the boat and support a pivot (swivel and gate) to hold the oar out from the side of the boat. There are currently several different designs of rigger from two or three stay metal or carbon tubing to metal or carbon wings.
Riggers:
Riggers
The riggers of a boat (metal outrigger) are situated at each seat in the boat and support a pivot (swivel and gate) to hold the oar out from the side of the boat. There are currently several different designs of rigger from two or three stay metal or carbon tubing to metal or carbon wings.
Seat
SeatSome boats have fixed seats and some have sliding seats. Rowers sit on a seat. The photos shows a sliding seat meaning that it will move backwards and forwards on wheels to allow the rower greater movement. The runners on which the wheels sit are called the slide.
Seat:
Seat
Some boats have fixed seats and some have sliding seats. Rowers sit on a seat. The photos shows a sliding seat meaning that it will move backwards and forwards on wheels to allow the rower greater movement. The runners on which the wheels sit are called the slide.
Shoes
ShoesRowers attach their feet to their boat via shoes fixed to a metal plate in the boat (foot stretcher). This provides them with a stable base to push off. They should have heel restraints to allow quick release of the feet in event of a capsize.
Shoes:
Shoes
Rowers attach their feet to their boat via shoes fixed to a metal plate in the boat (foot stretcher). This provides them with a stable base to push off. They should have heel restraints to allow quick release of the feet in event of a capsize.
Coxes’ Seat
Coxes' seatSome boats have a cox who sits either in the front (bow) or back (stern) of the boat in the coxes’ seat. In a coxed boat, the cox steers the boat using a rudder and built in steering mechanism and instructs the crew whilst also acting as a lookout.
Coxes’ Seat:
Coxes' seat
Some boats have a cox who sits either in the front (bow) or back (stern) of the boat in the coxes’ seat. In a coxed boat, the cox steers the boat using a rudder and built in steering mechanism and instructs the crew whilst also acting as a lookout.
Bow and Bow Ball
Bow and bow ballThe bow is the front end of the boat and it is also the name given to the rower who sits in the seat nearest to the bow (the bow rower is the rower who will cross the finishing line first). The bow ball is a ball-shaped safety cap that sits over the bow end of the boat. This is compulsory on all rowing boats for the safety of other water users.
Bow and Bow Ball:
Bow and bow ball
The bow is the front end of the boat and it is also the name given to the rower who sits in the seat nearest to the bow (the bow rower is the rower who will cross the finishing line first). The bow ball is a ball-shaped safety cap that sits over the bow end of the boat. This is compulsory on all rowing boats for the safety of other water users.
Stern (or stern canvas)
Stern or stern canvasThis is the covered section at the back of the boat. The rudder is fitted underneath the stern canvas of the boat and is attached to the steering mechanism.
Stern (or stern canvas):
Stern or stern canvas
This is the covered section at the back of the boat. The rudder is fitted underneath the stern canvas of the boat and is attached to the steering mechanism.

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