Rowing: Not as easy as it looks

HARD WORK: Visiting rowers getting fined-tuned by local Grafton Rowing Club coach Ken Maughan (in boat).
HARD WORK: Visiting rowers getting fined-tuned by local Grafton Rowing Club coach Ken Maughan (in boat). Gary Nichols

WHEN you watch the rowers glide gracefully atop the Clarence River in the early hours of the morning, you might think 'that looks pretty easy'.

Well, I am telling you now, it's not.

On Saturday morning, the Grafton Rowing Club held its monthly 'Come and Try Day' and I headed down early to do exactly that - give rowing a go.

DEX reporter Caitlan Charles out on the Clarence River with Ron Chaffey at the Grafton Rowing Club come and try day on Saturday, February 11 2017
DEX reporter Caitlan Charles out on the Clarence River with Ron Chaffey at the Grafton Rowing Club come and try day on Saturday, February 11 2017 Caitlan Charles
There is a lot of finesse involved; being able to get the movement right so you don't knock your knees or knuckles.

I'd been kayaking and canoeing before, so, naturally, I arrived thinking I had some idea of what I would be doing.

But rowing is different. The seat moves, you use your legs more than your arms and you need a level of coordination that, it seems, I don't really have.

DEX reporter Caitlan Charles out on the Clarence River with the Grafton Rowing Club on their come and try day on Saturday, February 11 2017
DEX reporter Caitlan Charles out on the Clarence River with the Grafton Rowing Club on their come and try day on Saturday, February 11 2017 Caitlan Charles
One of the best things about my morning out on the river with the rowing club was how helpful every single member of the club was in trying to help all us newbies and encourage us to get the rhythm right and the correct stroke.

They don't simply throw you in the deep end and hope you can swim. The club members take you through the process step by step.

Members of the Grafton Rowing Club on the come and try day on Saturday, February 11.
Members of the Grafton Rowing Club on the come and try day on Saturday, February 11. Caitlan Charles
 

When I arrived, I was taken upstairs into the rowing club to learn how to row correctly, before two members took myself and another come-and-try-er down to the river for a test run.

While my timing issues got in the way a little, it's safe to say my view on rowing has changed significantly, all for the better.

The club's publicity officer Marion White said her favourite aspect of rowing was how peaceful it was on the water.

"I like the fitness, and i do compete, although I haven't competed in a while," she said.

Ms White added that the friends she'd made during her time with the club had been a wonderful plus.

"The people (are the best bit), and you can do it either on your own or you can do it in a crew boat."

The club hold Come and Try days each month to encourage people to join the club.

"We'd like to have more members and have more people rowing with us."

If you'd like to try rowing, or join the Grafton Rowing Club, call 0421 115 617 or email graftonrc@graftonrowing.asn.au.



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