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the  equipment

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Oars
: The handle is pulled by the rower, while the blade is the flat part of the oar that is placed and then pulled through the water. The oar slides into an oarlock so that it cannot fall into the water.

          Spoons – oars that have blades with symmetrically curved sides, literally looking like 
                             a  spoon.

         Hatchets – oars that have blades that resemble the asymmetrical shape of a cleaver or    
                             hatchet. The blade surface can submerge in the water deeper than spoons 
                             without causing resistance by also submerging the pole portion of the oar.


Cox box: a small digital mechanism encased near the coxswain, which has a microphone that ties into speakers in the shell to amplify the coxswain’s voice so all the rowers can hear him or her. Most cox boxes provide measurable data such as stroke rate and stopwatch time.

Ergometer: an indoor rowing machine commonly called an “erg.” Most ergs provide data such as stroke rate and time. They are the most-used training machine for rowers.

Launch: the motorboat used by coaches to follow the shells during training. Coaches usually have a megaphone onboard to allow them to coach from a distance.