Sat, 23rd March 2013

National Rowing Regatta (Miami Beach, Luzira)-9AM

The rowing fraternity will this weekend put aside their bloody factions as the National Rowing Regatta event gets underway  at Miami Beach, Luzira, this Saturday.

Various Rowing clubs like Green Belt, Defenders, Maroons will renew their on-waters rivalry as they have already confimed participation for this event that will also attract the sport’s finest athletes in Derrick Nsubuga, Gerald Ssemambo, Sam Mpirwe, Douglaus Kisarale, Willy Mwanga and a host of many others.

National Council of Sports Rowing Normalization official, Rodrick Muhumuza predicts a great event this weekend. “I anticipate a good turn up and a brilliant event”, he tells Kawowo Sports. Spectators will have to part with a bare minimum of 2000/= as entrance fees.

About Rowing

Rowing is a sport in which athletes race against each other in boats, on rivers, on lakes or on the ocean, depending upon the type of race and the discipline. The boats are propelled by the reaction forces on the oar blades as they are pushed against the water.

The sport can be both recreational, focusing on learning the techniques required and competitive where physical size and overall fitness plays a large role. It is also one of the oldest Olympic sports. In the United States, high school and College rowing is sometimes referred to as crew.

While rowing, the athlete sits in the boat facing backwards (towards the stern), and uses the oars which are held in place by the oarlocks to propel the boat forward (towards the bow). This may be done on a canal, river, lake, sea, or other large body of water. The sport requires strong core balance as well as physical strength and cardiovascular endurance. 

Whilst the action of rowing and equipment used remains fairly consistent throughout the world, there are many different types of competition. These include endurance races, time trials, stake racing, bumps racing, and the side-by-side format used in the Olympic games.

The many different formats are a result of the long history of the sport, its development in different regions of the world, and specific local requirements and restrictions.

There are two forms of rowing:

In sweep or sweep-oar rowing, each rower has one oar, held with both hands. This is generally done in pairs, fours, and eights. In some regions of the world, each rower in a sweep boat is referred to either as port or starboard, depending on which side of the boat the rower’s oar extends to.

In other regions, the port side is referred to as stroke side, and the starboard side as bow side; this applies even if the stroke oarsman is rowing on bow side and/or the bow oarsman on stroke side.

A rower sculling in a single scull

In sculling each rower has two oars (or sculls), one in each hand. Sculling is usually done without a coxswain, in quads, doubles or singles. The oar in the sculler’s right hand extends to port (stroke side), and the oar in the left hand extends to starboard (bow side).

In Uganda, the sport is steadily picking up momentum with over 50 registered clubs officially recognized by the National Rowing Body.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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