UPDATED! Useless Boat Tricks (That Are Fun To Do Anyway)
October 12, 2020 Ed Hewitt, row2k.com
Back in April we shared several Supposedly Good Drills That Are Actually Torture, but now that we're still in semi-lockdown, we thought it time to lower our standards to feature several Useless Boat Tricks (That Are Fun To Do Anyway). If you have any boat tricks that we missed, and especially if there is videographic or photographic proof, send them and we'll add in here.
Without further ado, here are eight (or so) Useless Boat Tricks (That Are Fun To Do Anyway).
Any arm flapping drill Put your leg over the oar and flap your arms, jam it in the gunwale (danger, danger) and flap your arms, toss it in front of you and hurry up and flap your arms - however you do it, arm flapping drills are to rowing what singing an easy listening hit by Neil Diamond at a baseball game - nothing to do with anything but still entertaining to the people doing it.
Throw the sculling oar Tossing the oar in front of you to scratch your nose, or wet your hand, or whatever needs be done is not really a drill, but is more of a useful skill for scullers doing long pieces, but it seems worth a mention.
Stand up and swap seats This is when you stand up in the boat and swap seats with another rower, usually in a boat with only two oars - most rowers are pretty good at swapping seats and even swapping boats in four-or-more shells after a season of seat-racing or lineup testing.
It tends to rush to the realm of the ridiculous pretty quickly.
Coxswain surfing From kids in Zoom school to Bucknell rowers at the starting line, everyone in the world except coxswains gets to stretch, move around, stand up and shake it out - so when there is a chance for them to engage in some very athletic acrobatics, we're in.
Coxswain pushups on the stern deck When a coxswain needs to stretch out full length and get some blood flowing, there are always stern-deck pushups: