By John McArthur
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It should also be clear that you will not neces~,lrily get the rigging right tirst time. finding the best rig is a matter of experimenting, over time, whilst making rigorous notes :lI1d observatiom. SPAN/SPREAD/THWARTSHIP DISTANCE (TD) span lateral pitch height of swivel stern pitch height and rake of tC)(lt stretcher slide position Having outlined the various adjustments that can be made, wc can now look at them in The tirst area to be considered is the most appropriate span tix the crew. The term 'span' is used when referri ng to the distance between the base of both pins in J sculling boat.
PosirlllJl LW,lIt" SpnJl %nr Cre\\' 3S4 Bo\\' Bo\\' Bo\\' 3114 3114 3114 IlS. 5 3. 15 3. 1) 3. 16(b ) 3. 15(c) fig . : ill ccntimctn:\. ) (All PITCH Just as the rake of the foot stretcher i~ the onc least likcly to be adjusted regularly (if at all ), so pitch must surely be the one we play about with Illost' To a non -rower, it would probably seem that every single problem in a crew can be solved by some judicious twiddling with the pitch. When we talk about pitch we normally rder to either the stern or the IateL11 pitch.
It~ on the other hand, the boat was not well balanced, many rowers tend to view the outing as a disaster. However, as explained above, when working on, say, the speed of entry, the finishes invari ably sufkr during the initial stages and so the balance is often upset: this is to be expected, so trv not to become too upset about it and concentrate instead on how much quicker the catches arc. Exercise: buaking dOIPn the routine Another way to improve the quickness of the catch is to break it down into two distinct phases: the speed of entry and the speed of the leg drive.