SIR Matthew Pinsent, Olympic champion and Â Henley Royal Regatta Â steward: “Rowing is often called the ultimate team sport
SIR Matthew Pinsent, Olympic champion and Â Henley Royal Regatta Â steward: “Rowing is often called the ultimate team sport and the reason for that is that every constituent part of a rowing boat has got to move in perfect time.
“One of the reasons that you train for so long together over months and years is that you have got to get that sychronised movement.”
Matthew Beechey, high performance coach at Leander Club: “Trying to get eight guys rowing very precisely together is quite a hard thing to do.
“Basically, they have to be like a ballet dancer, rowing in time with lots of sychronicity, but they also need to be producing a lot of wattage per person.”
Sir Steve Redgrave, Olympic champion and chairman of Henley Royal Regatta: “You put the blades in at exactly the same time as everyone else in the crew.
“You are all leavering the boat past that position together, you are all releasing at the same time and you are all have the recovery at the same time.
“You know you are going to have to rely on everyone in the group — every stroke of every outing and of every race to try to get across the line first.”