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LakerLingo

SAFETY FIRST
Safety is our primary concern. To keep us and the equipment in one piece, please know and respond immediately to the following commands:
Ready, All?
(Row or Lift) The beginning of a command. If you're not ready, say so!
Weigh Enough!
Stop! (If rowing, stop at the hands away position.)
Hold Water Hard!
Bury your oar square in the water and apply pressure to stop the boat.
Heads up!
Watch out!
BOAT
Shell
A crew boat for sweep rowing or sculling.
Sweep
Rowing with one oar per rower - as pairs, fours or eights.
Scull
Rowing with two oars per rower - as singles, doubles or quads.
Gunwale
("gunnel") The upper, outside edge of the boat.
Oarlock
Hold the oar in place
Gate
Bar that flips down across the top of the oarlock. Held by a thumb screw.
Footstretcher
Flat board, with shoes attached, to support the feet during the drive.
OAR
Blade
Flat, wide part of oar. Also, synonymous with oar.
Handle
Part of the oar you hold.
Shaft
Longest part of the oar, between the handle and the blade.
Collar
Plastic strip encircling the shaft to hold the oar against the oarlock.
Tighten Screws
Leaning out carefully, tighten the nuts holding the rigging to the boat and the thumb screw holding the gate.
STROKE
Drive
Pushing with the legs, opening the body, and pulling in with the hands to pry the boat past the oar buried in the water.
Finish
Body laid back in bow, hands near the sternum, oar in the water toward the stern.
Recovery
Moving along the slide from finish to catch, hands first, then body angel, then legs.
Catch
Body fully compressed toward the stern, hands fully extended, oar in the water toward bow ready to start the drive.
LAUNCHING
Hands On
With the boat overhead, keep one hand on the gunwale and reach into the footwell to grab the strut beneath the deck.
Inside Grip
With the boat overhead, keep one hand on the gunwale and reach into the footwell to grab the strut beneath the deck.
ON THE WATER
Watch the Oars!
Lift oar slightly off the water, if necessary, to avoid hitting an object. Never pull the oar in and across the boat or the boat may flip.
Set the Boat
If you are not rowing, help balance the boat by laying the blade flat on the water and keeping continuos upward pressure on the handle. Tilt leading edge upward.
Backsplash
Placing the oar in at the catch so that a small amount of water curls up and away from both sides of the blade.
Skying the Blade
Lowering, instead of raising, the hands at the catch.
Hanging at the Catch
Starting up the slide before the oar is in the water at the catch.
Shooting your Tail
Driving the legs without bringing the oar handle along simultaneously.
Check It
Hold water to slow or stop the boat.
Tap It
Take a partial or light stroke, usually to straighten the boat when it's stopped.
Steady State
Rowing at about ¾ power, or just higher than your "comfort zone."
Power 10
Ten strokes at full power.
Spin It
Turn the boat around, usually with ports backing and starboards rowing, using arms and backs only so as not to stress the rigging.
Ratio Shift
Slow the slide relative to the drive.
Square and Buried
Oar blade is vertical and completely under water.
Thank You
This one LakerLingo you get to say. Say it often, to the University personnel for letting us use their facilities and equipment, to our coaches and coxes after every session, and to all those who volunteer their time to make this club work for all of us.
Princeton University
Our host. We are their guests, not their partners or their employers. And just like a guest anywhere, we need to be careful that we honor their requests and don't get in their way.

Contact Info

Email: info@clra.com
Address: PO Box 330, Princeton, NJ 08542-0330


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