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Backsplash: the splash from the resistance of the blade entering the water. Like in diving competitions, the less backsplash the better.

Body angle: the angle of the rower from the waist to the shoulder during the recovery.

Bury: to completely submerge the blade in the water.

Catch: the point where the rower is most forward on the slide, legs bent, with the blade about to enter the water.

Release: the point where the rower is furthest back on the slide, legs extended, with the blade just exiting the water.

Crab: when a blade is grabbed by water, swinging the oar into or over the rower’s body. Effectively stalls the shell. Multiple simultaneous crabs can even capsize a shell.

Drive: the section of a stroke where the blade is pulled through the water.

Hanging: letting the blade stay in the air for a time at the catch before submerging it.

Inside hand: the rower’s hand closest to the oarlock in a sweep and furthest from the torso.

Outside hand: the rower’s hand furthest from the oarlock in a sweep and closest to the torso.

Stroke rate: the number of strokes taken per minute.

Ratio: the comparison of the time taken to Drive and Recover.

Recovery: the section of the stroke from the Release to the Catch, when the legs are bent as the seat moves forward on the slide.

Run: how far a boat travels between each stroke.

Split: the time taken to row 500 meters.

Quarter/half/three-quarter slides: taking only portions of a stroke by limiting the length of each stroke through the water.