Rowing

Information:

Rowing is the art of paddling a boat on the water surface, by properly handling the oars. It is mainly a group sport, which cultivates the intellectual, mental and physical abilities of the individual. The teamwork required for the sport encourages athletes to continuously improve their technique, strength, speed and agility, and work as a single entity, with absolute uniformity in the crew. The fact that the sport is conducted in a fully open and outdoor space, where as a rule the atmosphere is clean and there is an ongoing alternation of weather conditions and scenery, makes rowing an even more remarkable and appealing activity.

The Rowing Department is directed at children aged eight years or above, youths (boys-girls) of all ages, grassroots sport, seniors and people with special needs.

The Rowing Department is divided into three main parts:

  1. Academy: Its objective is to provide information on the benefits of the sport; practical training on the gym’s rowing ergometers and practical training on water (sea or lake) with experienced athletes-champions of the Limassol Nautical Club, fitness training, and proper education on ethos, health, lifelong training and preparation to join the Rowing Team.
  1. Competitive Rowing: Its objective is to improve sport specific strength, with the aim of participating in the National Rowing Championship, Club Competitions, International Games and the National Rowing Team.
  1. Grassroots Sport: Its objective is to improve general as well as sport specific strength, entertain athletes through exercise and help others by participating in charity events.

How and where the training takes place:

Training for a novice rower is provided on a personal level (personal training) because of the specificity of the sport. The instructor joins the trainee on a double scull and analyses and teaches the moves, while at the same time maintaining balance. The training takes place at the dam in Yermasoyia, in the beach in front of the Club and on the rowing ergometers at the Club’s gym.

Features and benefits (skills)

  • It is the only Olympic sport in which the athletes move with their back towards the finish line
  • It is mainly a group sport, which cultivates the individual’s intellectual, mental and physical activities. The teamwork required for the sport encourages athletes to continuously improve their technique, strength, speed and agility, and work as a single entity, with absolute uniformity in the crew
  • It improves balance and spatial orientation skills
  • It improves synchronisation skills and cultivates rhythm in the athletes
  • There are no surprises or other physical contact, impacts etc. that could cause injury
  • It is the sport with the second highest oxygen uptake, after cross-country sports

The fact that the sport is conducted in a fully open and outdoor space, where as a rule the atmosphere is clean and there is an ongoing alternation of weather conditions and scenery, makes rowing an even more remarkable and appealing activity.

How the boat is propelled

In rowing we see that the movements of the athlete and the boat are mainly influenced by the law of nature, which determines the rowing technique that should be used. The boat/athlete’s system is governed by all of these natural laws: balance, water resistance, turbulence, action-reaction, inaction. The objective of rowing is for the athlete to move the boat over the water surface harmoniously, by properly handling the oars. The rower uses his/her oars as a Grade 2 Lever (Strength-Resistance-Fulcrum) to propel the boat. The thrust force is provided periodically because the oar movement is also underwater. During a rowing stroke, the athlete moves forwards and backwards on the sliding seat, thus creating positive and negative forces. The positive force causes the boat to move forwards, while the negative force reduces the speed that gathered with the previous positive force, thus halting the boat.

In short, the rowing stroke is divided into the following phases:

1st phase – Preparation

2nd phase – “Catch” and the 1st half of the drive

3rd phase – 2nd half of the drive-end of drive

4th phase – Finish – “Extraction”

5th phase – “Recover” – 1st half of recovery

6th phase –  2nd half of recovery

 What one should know before taking up rowing – equipment

 – A necessary requirement is for the athlete to know how to swim. Rowing is a water sport; therefore the individual’s ability to stay afloat is required

– Possess an Athlete’s Health Card by the Cyprus Sports Organisation

– Equipment (boat-oars) is provided by the club-association the athlete has joined

– Sports attire is required (clothing that is not too baggy, so the athlete can move without clothing getting caught anywhere within the boat)

– The sport is conducted in clear waters, all year around (winter and summer) in the sea and lake

– Each club has its own colours (oars), uniforms in which the athletes compete; there must be uniformity within each crew.

What boats are used – description

There are 9 types of boats in Rowing and 2 types of oars: a) Scull and b) Sweep

In official international competitions, the only sport left is Eights and it is also the most spectacular.

In Cyprus unfortunately, we so far only have Single Sculls, Double Sculls, Quadruple Sculls (introduced in 2012) in the competitions programme. The Uncoxed pairs were presented in 2011 and Uncoxed fours in 2012, by LNC athletes during the National Championships.

Athlete categories

Junior D:  12 years and under – 500 metres

Junior C:  12-14 years – 1,000 metres

Junior B14-16 years – 2,000 metres

Junior A:  16-18 years – 2,000 metres

SENIOR B U23:  Lightweight Men – Lightweight Women, 18-22 years – 2,000 metres

SENIOR A: Lightweight Men – Lightweight Women, 23 years and above – 2,000 metres

MASTER: 27 years and above – 1,000 metres

Indoor Rowing

It is a branch of Rowing which was invented by the “rower” in order to keep fit when the weather is not suitable to go out in the boat. When we say Indoor Rowing, we mean the rowing ergometers, as rowers call them. The rowing ergometer is a machine that simulates the movement of rowing. There are also Indoor Rowing Championships, on a National, European and International level.

Coastal Rowing

The Coastal Rowing sport is very exciting and has started to become very popular internationally; it is a sea sport with boats, specially designed for waves. In Cyprus, we are the first and only Club to provide coastal rowing boats and they are used by adults as well as children, especially at our Club’s Summer Camp, where young participants try out the sport of Rowing and some have even made a career out of it, after joining the Club’s rowing team.

Participation in championships and achievements

The club’s Rowing Team participates in:

  • Club Competitions
  • National Championships
  • National Indoor Rowing Championship
  • European Indoor Rowing Championship
  • International Coastal Rowing Championship
  • International Rowing Regattas (Belgium-Czech Republic-Greece)
  • World Rowing Championships (National Team)

Important landmarks:

  • Champion team from 2000 until 2007 and from 2012 until today
  • 1st place at the European Indoor Rowing Championship, Denmark 2014, Zisimides Alexandros
  • 1st place International Regatta in Litomerice, Czech Republic 2014, Uncoxed pair -2 lightweight Men Odysseos Stavros and Fachouris Thedoulos
  • 2nd place International Regatta in Litomerice, Czech Republic 2014, Uncoxed pair -2 lightweight Men, Leonidas G. αnd Karapateas George
  • 4 first places, 3 second places and 3 third in the 2013 International Alexander the Great Regatta
  • Two second places at the European Indoor Rowing Championship, England 2012, Maria Karaiskou and Aristotelis Ioannou
  • National record
  • Belgium, etc.