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Saturday 30th July 2016
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Why do we sit backwards when rowing?


Why are rowing boats designed in a way that the person who rows can’t see where he’s going? Why can’t they be facing forwards?
Pete, Croydon


** Definitive **
Name: Marcus, London
Qualification: I’m a rower
Answer: The reason you row backwards is that you can use as many muscles and as much power as possible to pull the oar and push the water backwards, thus propelling the boat forwards. Facing backwards, you can use both your legs and arms. You’re pulling with your whole body instead of pushing with just your upper body. In professional rowing, the seeing is done by the cox.

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