The rowers vs. kayakers duel is complete on the Yarra River in Melbourne, and the winners are the K4 kayakers, just barely! For 1000 meters it’s not surprising that they got off to a faster start than the rowers, and it looks like they also managed to steer into the flat water near the end of the race whereas the rowers were out in the chop.
Picked this up on Twitter – this is going to be epic. The Australian men’s rowing four, one of the fastest in the world, against their K4 kayak, also one of the fastest in the world. Who wins?
This is particularly interesting to me because some elite kayakers also train on Overpeck Lake in New Jersey and sometimes we go head to head for short pieces and trade notes on boat design, etc.
I think it all depends on the distance of the race – in a shorter piece I’d bet on the kayakers, but it seems to me that the racing distance for kayak events is generally shorter than for rowing. If it were a 2k piece I’d bet on the rowers, but given that this matchup is for 500m, I think the kayakers will have an advantage.
Normally I would match a quad sculling boat against a K4 rather than a straight four, but in the case of the Australians, their four is faster than most quads, so this should be a pretty close race.