Race Watching Tips
- Race times can vary considerably depending on the course and weather conditions. Tailwinds will improve times, while headwinds and crosswinds will hamper them.
- If a crew catches a crab, it means the oar blade has entered the water at an angle instead of perpendicularly. The oar blade gets caught under the surface of the water and will slow down or even stop a shell. Every now and then, a particularly powerful crab will throw the rower out of the shell.
- A Power 10 is a call by the coxswain for 10 of the crew's best, most powerful strokes. Good coxswains read the course to know how many strokes remain for their crew to count down to the finish.
- Crews are identified by their oar blade design -- their colors. The USA blades, only to be used by current members of the National Team, are red on the top, blue on the bottom, with a white triangle on the tip.
- It doesn't matter whether you win an Olympic medal or don't make it to the finals -- each crew still carries their boat back to the rack.
- Coxswains don't now (and probably never did) yell "Stroke, Stroke!" Similar to a jockey, their job is to implement the coach's strategy during the race while steering and letting the rowers know where they stand in the race and what they need to do to win.
that is making it look easy is most likely the one doing the best job.
While you are watching, look for: