Rigging a mixed masters 2x

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20stone
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Rigging a mixed masters 2x

Post by 20stone » December 6th, 2018, 4:49 pm

Howdy all.

My wife and I are getting on the water in a 2x, and I have some rigging questions on how to address rowers of different power capabilities and sizes.

First, I am 6'4"/230lbs (down a bit from my handle name), and my wife is 5'9"/170, and are both in our 50s. While I have been told that the heavier person should be stroke, I have seen in some videos of masters championships (in which we will NOT be competing, mind you) have a mix of guy in bow and guy in stroke.

? - Can I sit in bow so that I can worry about hitting bridges? If so, I assume I would move our rig sternward to move the CG back a bit, correct?

Second, I am a bit taller and quite a bit stronger than my wife, and have talked my way into three conflicting (and likely ALL wrong) rigging possibilities:
1) Same spread, same inboard, more outboard for me - I take up more load, and am longer through the water
2) All the same - If we are following the "catching pegs with your blades" philosophy, we'd want to be the same length in the water - If I am outpulling her, it just lightens the load on her oars
3) (The crazy one) - Same dimensions, larger blades for me - This would give more load to me with the same length through the water

? - Thoughts on (a) where to start and (b) what to tweak so we can both give it our best

TIA

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Re: Rigging a mixed masters 2x

Post by jamesg » December 7th, 2018, 2:39 am

What experience of sculling have you already?

Heavier at bow would make steering more difficult, but perhaps it's more important to decide who does it; staying on course can be hard work. Visibility of markers astern can make it easier by acting sooner. Bow in any case is lookout for boats, buoys, swimmers etc.

I'd put the better sculler in the stern, but be careful anyway, no one wants a pair of sculls in their spine.

Hatchets move through the water only radially (endways), due to hydrodynamic wing effects; so at first guess being taller you'll need longer sculls (to limit the arc) but with the same inboard-outboard ratios, and a wider span.
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Re: Rigging a mixed masters 2x

Post by 20stone » December 7th, 2018, 3:35 am

jamesg wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 2:39 am
What experience of sculling have you already?
I have been out a few times over the years, having learned enough to be comfortable (though a little wobbly) in a racing single back in college, and have gotten out rarely since then. In the last few weeks, I have been out a few times in a racing 2x (both with my wife and with more experienced rowers) and have been very comfortable.

I sat 5 in a sweep boat, and, as such, am more accustomed to being head down and not having to do any thinking, so sitting stroke has some appeal. However, I am the more confident rower of the two of us, and she might do better if she didn’t have to worry about bridges, paddleboards and kayaks.
jamesg wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 2:39 am
Hatchets move through the water only radially (endways), due to hydrodynamic wing effects; so at first guess being taller you'll need longer sculls (to limit the arc) but with the same inboard-outboard ratios, and a wider span.


The radial movement helps. With that I envision that I could also crank up the leverage a little on me with now ill effects as long as the blades are going through the same arc.

Thanks

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