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Rowing Terms

Bow: The pointy bit at the front of the boat. Also the rower in the number 1 seat
Bow Side: The "Bow Side" is our term for the Port Side of the gig
Bung: As in "has anyone put the bung in?" when you first feel cold water swilling around your ankles
Catch: When the blade of your oar catches the water at the start of the stroke
Clash Oars: What happens when oars collide in a race and best avoided
Cox: The boss: he or she who will be obeyed at all times
Crab: You "Catch a Crab" when the blade digs too deep into the water, this can push you off your seat or break a pin.
Engine Room: The power positions in the gig at 3 & 4
Feathering: Turning the oars on the return stroke to reduce wind drag and helps you to stop catching a crab when in choppy water
Fender: The plastic cushion like thing that is hung off the bow to protect the gig from damage.
Full Oar: Pulling your weight in the gig and getting a bend in the blade
Gunwale: The strong top rail of the gig which is pronounced "Gunnel"
Knees: The L shaped timbers which secure the thwarts to the gig
Leathers: These protect your oar and prevent chaffing in the pins. Where you row on the leathers alters your power through the water
Mark: The buoys which mark a regatta course where you are most likely to hear a call of "give water" swiftly followed by nautical equivalent of a car crash.
Numbers: "I am not a number" well you are in a gig. From 1 to 6 depending on where you sit
Pilot Seat: The seat at the very front of the gig also called the "seagull seat"
Pins: "Thole Pins" hold the oars on the gunwale. You pull against a hardwood pin and a softwood pin keeps the oar in place on the return stroke. Do not mix them up!!!!
Rudder: Steers the gig
Stern: The opposite of the pointy bit
Stretchers: What your feet push against
Stroke: The rower in 6 who sets the pace for the rest of the gig. The "Stroke Side" is our term for the Starboard side of the gig.
Thwart: The bit of the gig you sit on
Vaseline: Used to reduce friction on the leathers and butts
Yoke: Attached to the rudder, gives the Cox the leverage needed to turn the rudder by pulling on the "Yoke Lines"

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