row2k news Finally, A Solution to Poor Erg Scores and Rowing Ability
April 1, 2006
More from the HOCR inner sanctum: MIT and Stevens Institute of Technology have developed an 'oarless' racing 8. Time trial tank tests in Hoboken, NJ indicate a theoretical hull speed of approximately 1:22 secs. per 500m. The joint group of inspired engineering students has petitioned the Head Of The Charles Regatta to permit this new propulsion system for inclusion in this years Regatta. Current HOCR bylaws regulating equipment require a 'conventional moving seat' shell. And, for all observations, the new craft - code name - Guppy - fits the bill. The new propulsion system utilizes oar-handle driven belts tied to a CKM (Cork/Kevlar/Magnesium) composite flywheel which in turn drives a collapse-able propeller located beneath the coxswain. The Regatta directors will decide on the acceptability of this new technology during their June meeting.