Rowing vs. Paddling:  This may be one of the most important things to know first!  The difference between paddling and rowing is in the mechanism that is used to propel the boat. 

  • Paddles are used in paddling. 

  • Oars are used in rowing. 

  • Paddles propel boats in the same direction as the paddler is facing. 

  • Oars propel boats in the opposite direction from the way the rower is seated.  

​This is Crew. We use Oars. We Row.

Why Row?

  • Rowing is one of the original sports in the modern Olympic Games.

  • Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics, was a rower.

  • Rowers are the third largest U.S. delegation (48 athletes) to the Olympic Games.

  • Eight-oared shells are about 60-feet long - that’s 20 yards on a football field.

  • Rowing was the first intercollegiate sport contested in the United States. The first rowing race was between Harvard and Yale in 1852.

  • Physiologically, rowers are superb examples of physical conditioning. Cross-country skiers and long distance speed skaters are comparable in terms of the physical demands the sport places on the athletes.

  • An eight, which carries more than three-quarters of a ton (1,750 pounds), may weigh as little as 200 pounds. The boats are made of fiberglass composite material.

  • Singles may be as narrow as 10 inches across, weigh only 23 pounds, and stretch nearly 27-feet long.

  • The first rowing club in the U.S. was the Detroit Boat Club, founded in 1839.

The Forest Hills Central rowing team practices out of the Forest Hills Boathouse located at 8400 Grand River Drive at Le Blanc Row.

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