October 6 - Rigging for Masters webinar

Need to learn more about rigging your boat? Whether it's a single or a big boat, sweep or sculling, learn what you can do to set yourself up comfortably. Together with Rebecca Caroe, Marlene is hosting a webinar with the following guests:
  • Mike Davenport is an expert rowing coach, specialist rigger and former boatman for USRowing. His book The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Rigging is the authority on rigging, providing information and guidance to rowing coaches, boatmen, rowers, self-taught individuals, and scullers.
  • Mike Purcer has over 40 years of coaching experience and has coached at all levels of rowing. He provides individualized rigging advice using video software for tracking racing shells and generating boat speed curves.
  • Volker Nolte is an internationally acknowledged expert in biomechanics and has coached crews in Germany and Canada. His most recent book is Masters Rowing
For more information, including a preview and how to purchase, see Rigging on the Faster Masters Rowing website.


Articles by Marlene

  • The Way Sculls Work Getting a clear understanding of the way oar blades move through the water can help clean up blade work.
  • Shadow Rowing An easy but effective way to help create new patterns of rowing movement while on an erg.
  • Repeat After Me Use race pace repetition to improve your stroke mechanics.
  • The Test of Time Use time trials and control tests to gauge your progress.

Regatta news

Congratulations to the following Roylerow and Faster Masters athletes (names in bold text), who placed in the top three of the following regattas. Congratulations to all athletes who participated!


Petaluma River Marathon and Half Marathon

Sep 5, 2021, Petaluma, CA (USA)
Hosted By: North Bay Rowing Club
  • Rachel Kindt and Susan Lucas-Conwell (pictured): Second place in the half marathon. Rachel and Susan were joined by two rowers from the host club for a fun (and long) row!


Head of the Cuyahoga

Sep 18, 2021, Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, OH (USA)

Hosted By: Cleveland Rowing Foundation
  • Maria Alonso: Second place in the Womens Masters 2x (Event #5) and second place in the Womens Masters D-F+ 1x (Event #23).
  • Brad Whitehead: Third place in the Mens Masters D-F+ 1x (Event #10).


Advocating for masters rowers

Through Faster Masters Rowing, part of the work that Marlene and Rebecca Caroe do is to help raise awareness and improve masters rowing at the athlete, club, and federation levels. To learn more, including info you can share to help spread the word, see Advocacy.

Join Marlene and Rebecca on Faster Masters Rowing Radio

The Faster Masters Rowing Radio podcast is produced weekly. It's livestreamed to Facebook and YouTube, and also distributed in audio format to podcast apps via RowingChat.

Marlene and Rebecca discuss topics of interest to masters rowers, such as rowing in rough waterbalancing a single scull, and feathering correctly. In addition to updating listeners on topics of the day, they also take listener questions live. 

To listen to previous episodes, find links to the YouTube and SoundCloud recordings on the RowingChat website, along with timestamps and related links.

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