UK Sport have an anonymous online service called the Drugs Information Database, which allows athletes to check out prescription and over-the-counter medicines for banned substances. If you are using it, please read and abide by the Terms and Conditions, and note that updates may not be instant. Keep a note of your reference number if you log on - it is used in place of any personal details - and continue to check with your doctor as well. Alas herbal/nutritional supplements are not included, but it is a useful service. (Thanks to Richard Stanhope).
Paul Strutton and Alison McGregor at IC are investigating back pain mechanisms and causes, and need participants for tests (2002). Read about it here if you are interested in joining in.
The Peak Performance mob have launched a new injuries website: the Sports Injury Bulletin seems to be pretty good and has an excellent links page, although since they're advocating therapeutic advice it would be preferable to see the qualifications (and identities) of the advisors.
site on rowing physiology and training
Seeking a bit of crosstraining or dragon boat practice on your erg? Vermont Waterways has details of how to adapt a CII erg to a canoe or kayak machine, for 'indoor paddling'. Something a bit different for the winter months...
The interesting-sounding Sweat Technologies has created some new software called "iCoach for Rowing" which allows coaches and athletes to log and compare training/rigging/racing data. <<
Bill Atkinson is continually adding to his rowing research page and willing to enter into e-conversation with anyone about it (whether they agree or not!). His site map is a useful place to find a few links (eg ergometer calculations) not listed on the main page.
Bill Atkinson's ROWING program (a computer model designed to help optimise shell speed) has now been published online. Please accede to his request for credit if you use any of his information.
An intriguing new idea from the UK: KrewKlips - alternative foot technology borrowed from the cycling world.
April 2002: Reminding England/Wales competitors that the ARA Rules of racing changed this month (becoming more relevant as the regatta season comes into play): a summary of the changes and links to the full new Rules on David Biddulph's site.
A US website called coxie.com, taking contributions on coxing subjects in the form of postings. Note that the technical material is American-based, so measurements, tools and phrases may not work for other countries.
Sander Wichers in Holland has coded a program called PDA-Row, for the PM2+/C2 model C. Link above to download, or see screen dumps of what it looks like here and here. Please note this is the alpha release and the author would like feedback, bug-testing etc, so that he can release an expanded version with no glitches.
James Caple has written an erg workout tracking programme for the Palm Pilot, including download-to-PC facilities. Free to anyone - visit http://www.trexlabs.com/ergm.
Good news for the handful of tense event organisers who have been asking: Steve Donaldson has agreed to make his regatta management programme RowMan available as freeware, with the backing of the NZ Domestic Rowing Commission, to anyone who needs it. Download from the link above.
Bill Atkinson has constructed a website for his Rowing Computer Modelling, investigating the technical issues behind moving boats faster.
In the UK, the real Richard and Judy (Packer, from Weybridge RC) have put together a guide to boat safety including a rogue's gallery of problems.
Southampton ARC (UK) have put a page on their website about cheap (less than ten quid) ratemeters and how to make them work. Useful stuff chaps!
Ewoud Dronkert (he of the oh-so-cute animated rowing gif files), has created a website where you can upload your RowPerfect .str strokefiles, and generate automatic graphs to indicate your stroke profile. Direct-comparison features should be added one day, but are not available yet.
If you're a rowing-biker, visit this link, which discusses the use of 'left-hand-lay-cable' in one's Snek to increase use lifetime (it's a new product for mega-techies!)
Ewoud Dronkert, philanthropist of the virtual rowing world, has put up two series of pictures, one sculling and one rowing, on the Triton website. Useful technical stuff (NED).
Sport England has some useful pages on UK Lottery and other funding, sports facility guidance notes, contacts and links.
Those interested in understanding what motivates and encourages top-level rowers, take a look at Xeno Muller's Frequently Asked Questions page - he has some fascinating things to say about his season. Rob Waddell, watch out!
The Rowing X-Pert online bibliography is now available in English - the database contains over 1400 checked documents and is being added to further. You can also search on author names.
Can you help track down the following item: "a rowing "training simulator" which supposedly can simulate different water conditions and whether the rower is rowing in a coxless boat or with different numbers of people & weights. Supposedly this allows a more complete training regime for the athletes." There is meant to be one in the UK, in the Docklands - if anyone knows of it, please email me asap. Thanks! (RQ).
The Jamco Times are running a prediction page for every race in the Olympic boat classes at the Worlds. So far they have been extremely accurate not only in their overall qualifying predictions, but have in seven race out of twentyone on Tuesday predicted every single boat position correctly.
UK: In order to provide acknowledgment to the partnerships between clubs and
schools the rules of racing have been amended (1999) to allow clubs to register one additional racing name with the ARA. The first applicant was Molesey RC who have registered Molesey Schools Rowing Association.
Ewoud Dronkert, creator of the cute animated rowing gifs most clubs have somewhere on their websites (please acknowledge him), has done some translation of rowing technique advice Dutch-English.
Joris Trooster, webmaster of the NLRoei site, has put up an explanatory page in English about the FISA World Cup time-trials and other WC-related matters.
The ZA site has the full Rules and Bye-Laws for the SARU on it.
David Biddulph has done a summary and clarification of the changes to the UK ARA rules since 1997. The full rules are to be found in the British Rowing Almanack.
Rowing FAQ has been updated in true dedicated fashion by Hannes Hofer.
A basic guide to
rowing, including a historical overview, general rules, equipment, etc.
This is hosted on the USA Olympic server and so tends to be US-orientated. The
glossary is basic but the whole site good for newcomers.
The Rower's Resource
Articles index has a new addition: Don't Panic!, an article by
coach Frank Cunningham about catching crabs, and emergency stops in a boat.
Head of the Charles coxing transcripts from two world champion male US coxes
now online at Row 2k.
On the Rower's World site, rowing glossary. The glossary is reasonably comprehensive but about 20% of the terms included are American in origin and not used in many other places. Coxes/rowers new to the sport and outside the US should be guided by whoever is teaching them.
For the stats-meisters interested in Oxford rowing, Anu Dudhia has compiled
net changes in men's
crew positions in Eights and
positions in Torpids over the last five years.