Rowing boat names: all possible designations

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Speaking of boats, there are not only those related to amateur outings, but also those lent to various sports, and in this article, in particular, we will find out all the names of rowing boats.

Rowing is a sport that requires specific boats, very different from the sailing or motor boats commonly used for sea trips.

The technical characteristics of rowing boats are established by the F.I.S.A., the International Rowing Federation, and each national federation transposes and adopts them to enable competitive rowing.

Speaking of the names of rowing boats, it is essential to divide them into two macro categories:

  • Olympic boats called outriggers, which translated means outriggers, where the outrigger is the point at which the oar rests on the boat to allow rowing. Indeed, their main characteristic is the position of the outer ladders relative to the edge of the boat. These boats must meet certain parameters and weight limits, but have free sizes and shapes;
  • regulation-type rowing boats are boats that can be covered or uncovered and are constructed of any material. These must meet certain parameters such as size, weight, and other characteristics, and all such vessels must have a nameplate certifying these requirements.

Having made this necessary introduction and distinction, let us now look at all the names of rowing boats.

What are the names of the rowing boats?

An important distinction in rowing boat names is that dictated by the type of rowing.

The boats, in fact, may provide for each rower to have only one oar, to be held with both hands, or two oars, one in each hand.

Thus we have top ro wing (or sweep rowing) when one rower has only one oar and pair ro wing (or sculling) if each rower uses two oars.

Each of these two types of boats can be one-seater, with a single rower, or two-, four-, or eight-seater.

Single pair rowing is called skiff and is then followed by pair doubles, pair quarters andpair eights.

Rowing boats devoted to top rowing may provide a place for the coxswain to coach the team. In case this is not there, it is one of the rowers who is in charge of steering the boat by means of a special pedal.

From here, there are the double-peak boats with a coxswain (2+), also called two ioles, where there are two athletes and a coxswain or the double-peak without a coxswain (2-). As the number of rowers increases, there is the top four with coxswain (4+) or four ioles and the top four without coxswain (4-), ending at the top eight (8+) or eight ioles.

The Iole or Jole, are the very stable boats that can also deal with less calm waters. Nevertheless, they do not hold a candle to the more elegant but also high-performance Olympic outriggers.

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