That’s a pretty bold statement, for sure. However, two things to keep in mind. The Twenty-First Century is only a few years old. And some of the rigging tips of past century’s (such as don’t use flammable grease on your pants) don’t seem very relevant nowadays.
So here we go . . .
THE 8 GREATEST RIGGING TIPS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
- THRIVE INSIDE THE BOX
- DO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF . . . IT IS ALL SMALL STUFF
- KEEP YOUR HULL CLEAN
- KEEP YOUR HULL SMOOTH
- KNOW HOW RIGGING NUMBERS ARE MEASURED WHEN COMPARING
- KEEP ALL MOVING PARTS CLEAN
- TEST YOUR RIGGING NUMBERS FOR YOUR SITUATION
- IN THE BIG PICTURE OF HULL SPEED, RIGGING ISN’T IN THE TOP FOUR
Notice that this is a general list. Not much detail here. That’s because we oftentimes get so tied up with details that we forget the overall picture.
I think that they all are pretty self explanatory, except #1. So hang with me while I offer details for a minute.
We live in a box in the world of rowing equipment. What do I mean? Just this . . . there have been few, if any, significant major changes in the equipment over the past one hundred years.
For instance, the hull design of the eight rowed in the men’s events of the 1904 St. Louis Olympic games is probably very similar to the hull of the men’s eight that will be rowed in the men’s events of the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Yup, there is some change, some innovation. But not much. Compared to the computer and telecommunications industries life in the rowing world is pretty much status quo.
So we live in this box, where there is not really too much difference between pieces of equipment, between rigging numbers. Small difference, but not much.
Why is that such a great tip? Because that means that you don’t have to worry so much about differences in rigging numbers, and rowing equipment. There is a lot of similarity out there. More than differences.
I brought this up at my recent clinic at the USRowing Convention, in Palm Springs, CA. I was met with stares. No nodding of heads, no “right on,” just stares. But also no arguments. I’m hoping I got some wheels spinning.
Maybe I’m right on that one.
Maybe not. What do you think?