Jargon buster

Sections of crew in an VIII

Basic combinations
bow side = bow 3 5 7
stroke side = stroke 6 4 2
bow 4 = bow 2 3 4
stern 4 = stroke 7 6 5

Advanced combinations
stern 6 = stroke 7 6 5 4 3
bow 6 = bow 2 3 4 5 6
stern 4 and bow pair = stroke 7 6 5 2 1
bow 4 and stern pair = bow 2 3 4 7 stroke
middle 4 = 3 4 5 6
outside 4 = bow 2 7 stroke

Type of boats

Most common boats on the Cam are 8+, but due to size, cost, and the need to have 9 people available at all times to row it, actually not as popular in a “normal” rowing club.

Sweep rowing (one blade each) Sculling (two blades each)
8 persons + 1 cox Eight (8+) Octuple (8x+)
4 persons + 1 cox Coxed Four (4+) Coxed Quadruple (4x+)
4 persons, no cox Coxless Four (4-) Quadruple (4x-)
2 persons Pair (2-) Double (2x)
1 person *impossible* Single scull (1x)

 

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Rowing and sculling club for Murray Edwards College (founded as New Hall)