Smooth rowing

2019-03-02 08:07:09

By Barry Fox Two inventors from New York want to change the face of competition rowing. In today’s boats, two, four or eight crew members sit in line and pull their oars in unison, and as the rowers slide forward after each stroke they tend to jerk the boat backwards. This jerky motion of the hull through the water wastes energy, so in US patent application 2004/0175999 inventors Charles and Nancy Kunz have come up with the concept of “phase shift rowing”, a technique they claim will make a new type of boat less jerky,