About Oars & Paddling

From Angus Row Boats: https://angusrowboats.com/blogs/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sculling-oars

“The two basic blade shapes for sculling oars are Macon and Hatchet. Macons are the more traditionally shaped symmetrical blades and hatchets are asymmetrical. While hatchets are reputed to be fractionally faster (almost immeasurably), Macons offer two distinct advantages for recreational rowing. Being symmetrical, the oars can be used on either side of the boat – particularly beneficial for a spare oar. More importantly, if you decide not to feather due to injury or inexperience Macons are much better at being used without feathering. Hatchets extend further down and are more prone to catching the water.”

I have used the Macon oar often and found it wonderful. Other rowers thought I was nuts. The hatchet oar, of course, reigns supreme in competition rowing, but paddling is an art and a greater understanding of why this is can be found in the original oars used by the Inuit:

 

 

Daily Aficionada – the Diamond Sculls Challenge Cup FINAL of 14

The Diamond Challenge Sculls is a rowing event for men’s single sculls at the annual Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames in England. First run in 1844, it is open to male scullers from all eligible rowing clubs.
The Diamond Challenge Sculls, the Wingfield Sculls and the London Cup in the Metropolitan Regatta make up the “Triple Crown” of the three premier single sculling events in the United Kingdom. There were 14 races last July 2019. This is the LAST!

Pick of the Day with Sir Matthew Pinsent 2019

Daily Aficionada – the Diamond Sculls Challenge Cup 13th of 14

The Diamond Challenge Sculls is a rowing event for men’s single sculls at the annual Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames in England. First run in 1844, it is open to male scullers from all eligible rowing clubs.
The Diamond Challenge Sculls, the Wingfield Sculls and the London Cup in the Metropolitan Regatta make up the “Triple Crown” of the three premier single sculling events in the United Kingdom. There were 14 races last July 2019. This is the 13th.

Pick of the Day with Sir Matthew Pinsent 2019