Blade: Another name for an oar.
Gate: Metal bit at the top of the swivel which holds the blade in place.
Gunwale (pronounced gunnel): The top outside edge of the boat
Handle: Wooden bit of the blade which you hold on to.
Loom: Long stem of the blade.
Shell: The body of the boat.
Slide: Each rower sits on a seat which moves on small wheels. These wheels run up and down the slide-runners. The slide is adjustable and there is one pair of runners for each rower.
Spoon: Painted part of the blade which goes in the water.
Backstops: Where you take the finish, legs flat, sitting back.
Catch: The part of the stroke where the blade is put into the water.
Draw: The part of the stroke where the spoon is pulled through the water
Drive: The phase of the stroke during the draw when the legs are driving downward.
Feathered: Blade parallel to the water.
Finish: The part of the stroke where the blade is taken out of the water.
Frontstops: Where you take the catch on a full slide stroke.
Hands Away: After tapping down, moving the handle away from the body before you start the next stroke.
Recovery: The part of the stroke where the rower moves up the slide for the next catch. Remember to breathe.
Squared: Blade perpendicular to the water.
Tap Down: When the rower pushes the handle down to lever the blade out of the water.
Arms & Body Rowing: Rowing with the arms and body swing only. Not using the legs or the slide.
Arms Only Rowing: Rowing with arms only. Not using the body swing, legs or the slide.
Backing: Doing a reverse stroke to make the boat travel backwards (sometimes easier for novice rowers if the blades are flipped 180°). Often performed when starting a piece, getting level with the start line or turning a boat.
Bow Side: The right-hand side of the boat from the cox's seat, and to the left side of the boat when rowing.
Catch a Crab: When a blade gets stuck in the water and the handle knocks the rower flat.
Check the Boat: Blades squared in the water to slow the boat.
Check the Boat Hard!!!: Shouted at top volume to avoid a crash: emergency stop.
Cowain (Cox): In coxed boats (eights, fours and quads) the oar-less crew member who steers the boat and makes calls to the
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