The Path of the Blade through the Water
The path of the blade through the water is not what one might initially think. The following video shows how the pivoting of the oar and the forward motion of the boat combine to create the path of the blade through the water.
The Phases of the Stroke
The stroke can be divided into 4 phases based on the motion of the blade.
Phase 1: Forward Blade Motion
The blade moves significantly forward, toward the finish line.
Phase 2: Outward Blade Motion
The blade moves outward, away from the boat.
Phase 3: Backward Blade Motion
The blade moves backward, toward the starting line.
Phase 4: Inward Blade Motion
The blade moves inward, toward the boat.