Oar Selection And Etiquette

SCRC SCULLERS

OAR SELECTION & OAR ETIQUETTE

Club Oars:  Etiquette

Club sculling oars have been designated as either team boat blades or single scull blades to ensure that appropriate blades will be available to all scullers.   For ease of reference, spreadsheets have been posted on the side of the sculling oar rack describing which blades go with which boats, blade length and inboard measurements, etc.

Please take care not to break up a set of quad oars when going out in a double or a single, and not break up a set of double oars when going out in a single or quad – the below instructions as to which oars go with which boats should help guide you in this endeavor.

Team Boat Blades

Team blades (i.e., those for use with doubles and quads) are designated by colored tape on the blade handles.  Team blades may be reserved when team boats are reserved, using the Club boat scheduling procedure.  Fatties have more blade surface area than smoothies, thus the overall length of these blade types are set differently.

Single Scull Blades

Those rowing single sculls should use the blades designated for single sculls.  Overall length and inboard length of each set of blades have been provided to facilitate blade selection.

Oar Selection Preferences

Novice singles rowers (and many other Club members, for that matter) may wonder how to choose which blades to use.  Think of the blade as a lever:  the effort necessary to use a lever is affected by its overall length and the placement of the fulcrum.  Thus, consider both the overall length of the blade you select  and the inboard length (distance from the collar to the grip – or more pragmatically the portion of the oar in the boat that you are using to position the portion of the oar outside of the boat).

                                                 BLADES FOR SINGLE SCULLS
ALPHA LABEL ON BLADES LENGTH OF OAR IN CM INBOARD LENGTH IN CM SLEEVE COLOR GRIP COMMENTS
Q 286 86 GREEN GREEN SMOOTH MEDIUM LENGTH
I 286 86 GREEN GREEN SMOOTH MEDIUM LENGTH
K 286 87 GREEN BLUE ARTICULATED MEDIUM LENGTH PG
N 285.5 86 GREEN BLACK TEXTURED MEDIUM LENGTH FB
X 285 86 GREEN GREEN SMOOTH SHORTER LENGTH DC
M 285 86 BLACK BLUE ARTICULATED SHORTER LENGTH
H 285 85 BLACK BLUE ARTICULATED SHORTER LENGTH
J 284 84 BLACK GREEN SMOOTH SHORTEST LENGTH
R 287 87 GREEN GREEN SMOOTH LONGEST LENGTH

 

                                                                         BLADES FOR TEAM BOATS
BOAT ALPHA LABEL ON BLADES COLOR OF TAPE ON BLADES BLADE TYPE LENGTH OF OAR IN CM INBOARD LENGTH IN CM COMMENTS
QUAD E1-E4 BLUE FATTIE 280 87 SET AS PURCHASED
QUAD A1-A4 PURPLE SMOOTHIE 286 86 MEDIUM BLADE SETTING
DOUBLE B1-B2 ORANGE FATTIE 281 86 MEDIUM SETTING PER CONCEPT2
DOUBLE F1-F2 YELLOW SMOOTHIE 286 86 MEDIUM BLADE SETTING

est. 1992