Rockin Roland wrote:You folk over there have strange name for rigging.
"Bucket rigging".......we call it "Tandem rigging" for obvious reasons, two out of the four row in tandem (next to each other on the same side of the boat).
Earlier in my rowing career I rowed in a tandem rigged four for two seasons because we were short of rowers of the same ability and the two strongest and heaviest rowers could only row on port (we call it bowside).
Well, you folks down under have a strange name for port, "bowside"? Above the equator many call port, "strokeside".
Personally I like to simply use port and starboard, because stroke and bow could potentially be on either side depending on the rig.
Finally, if the two ports are the stronger boat movers in a 4, it doesn't make sense to put them together in the middle pair of seats, as that would put the startboard side at more of a disadvantage than regular "port stroked" rigging. The other way around, pair of starboards in the middle, wouldn't help them either if the ports are genuinely the stronger boat movers. IOW, if the ports are pulling the startboards around, either the ports can ease up, the starboards can "man up", or there is going to be rudder involved, to keep a straight course.