Friday, 20 July 2018

The boats built to win

CHRIS DODD points out the boat that is the centrepiece of the gallery and is emphatic in his praise.

“This boat was going to win, it wasn’t built for messing about,” he says.

We are in the Schwarzenbach Rowing Gallery of the River and Rowing Museum in Henley and looking at the coxless four boat in which Matthew Pinsent, Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and James Cracknell won gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The boat, made by Aylings, had several innovations, such as contoured decks to cope with cross winds and steering gear for the small rudder beneath.

The interior dimensions were bespoke for the crew and even the aluminium riggers were aerodynamic.

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