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Silver Kaschper; Intervals

scrottie informed me last night that he would be tremendously disappointed if I didn't make it rowing this morning. Then the crazy neighbors started running a vacuum cleaner at 4:50, so I was wide awake when the alarm went off at 5 am anyway. So, up and at em!

I took out the silver Kaschper. Its balance point is closer to the bow than the balance point on the blue Hudson. It feels like it weighs about the same amount, but at the same time it doesn't seem like it should. It just feels like there's a small brick wedged somewhere in the middle of the boat for no good reason. However, the tracks are in better shape, the seat is comfortable, and it has a stroke coach mount but a broken impeller.

If it's really supposed to be a men's lightweight boat for 145-175 pounds, it seems to me like it's rigged way too high (not adjustable) and the shoes are too big. If I take it out again I'll repeat the trick of stuffing the "oarlock mittens" into the shoes because the velcro style isn't great.

Other than that, it rowed like a Kaschper. Kaschpers always feel like sitting on top of a platter. They handle well in perfectly flat water, and I felt much less "loosey-goosey" in the Kaschper compared to the Hudson. On the other hand, I didn't feel like the extra stability made much of a difference to my overall speed. Even if I'm less stable in the Hudson, I think I like the Hudson's responsiveness better; it provides more positive reinforcement when I row well.

It has been interesting, getting to test out and compare a bunch of different singles within a fairly short timeframe. Hudsons still get my overall stamp of approval for solid boats that handle well in a range of conditions. Pococks do in some circumstances, although I haven't tried out any recent Pocock singles, just their sweep boats. [I do enjoy getting to row in old wooden Pococks and it would be awesome to try one out now.] THe newer Pococks aren't fun for novice crews (stick those novices back in a mediocre Vespoli), but they FLY when they are rowed hard at speed. I think I'd grant the Empacher a seal of approval as well, and Resolutes are also good.


The sky was just getting light when I got to the boathouse. Even though I felt like I was still dragging from carryover from hauling boxes on Tuesday, I asked the Serious Double if I could join them for some interval pieces. We did 3 sets of 9 minutes of 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off, and, once again, they mowed me down each time.

J gave me a good ribbing for making excuses at the beginning. It was funny because I can't tell you how many bike rides I have gone on that start out with a bunch of guys accumulating and muttering excuses, and then throwing the hammer down anyway. Generally there aren't people present at the beginning who go, "Oh, come on! Just suck it up! I don't care what your excuses are, let's ride bikes!" And J *does* know that in spite of any excuses I won't let up, even if I am tired or whatever. That's good rowing attitude. Egos don't matter, and your speed against the other boats doing pieces doesn't matter, so long as when the command to "Go!" is called you pick up the pace and give it your best. It really is more fun when there are more boats out to race, and there are always points where it's possible to regroup and try again.

And even when my forebrain is going "Ooof!" my hindbrain has been doing this sport for long enough that it knows to never let up when the power is on. And by the end of the morning, we were all relieved to be done and to know that we'd put in some good work on the water.



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Apr. 28th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
I forgot about the vacuuming. That was strange, but now that you mention it, I remember a lot of very near by loud dog parking, too. I made a mental note to revisit the birdhouse.
May. 7th, 2016 06:12 am (UTC)
I row a lot of different Pocock singles. They are nice boats. Maybe a bit more stable than a Hudson? My club has a lot of Pococks because the company president is one of our coaches/founders.

My husband is planning to buy a Fluid Design in the near future, and I guess we'll share it. We weigh about the same though he's 5 inches taller than me. It would really be his boat that I get to use when he's not rowing a single. I'm ok with our club boats for the most part, so it's fine.
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