IRA Heavyweight Grand Final = lesson in rowing physics

The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championships took place this past weekend at Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, CA.  One of the big questions was whether the University of Washington, which had swept all events at the NCAA womens’ championships a couple of weeks ago, would also sweep all of the men’s events at IRAs. Yale, … More IRA Heavyweight Grand Final = lesson in rowing physics

Coriolis Force Effect on Rowing and other Sports

This is a fascinating study on how the Coriolis effect may impact various sports…I’ve never thought about this before. In rowing, the study states that it may take up to 7.5% of propulsive force to overcome up to 40m lateral displacement over a 2K race.  That is potentially a huge wildcard when you see elite finals being … More Coriolis Force Effect on Rowing and other Sports

US Women’s 8 – Why Is No One Talking About Them?

This seems like a no-brainer, but they seem to be getting a lot less press than “will the Men’s 8+ qualify for Rio” etc. etc. U.S. Women’s sweep rowing has built an unprecedented dominance in their sport – arguably the longest world/Olympic championship streak of any sport in history, men or women. This is an … More US Women’s 8 – Why Is No One Talking About Them?