For regattas local to the workshop (Southwest London), and for some key major events, we can come to you to help solve a last-minute problem.
I’ve done late-night rigging to a borrowed boat before the Sculler’s Head and I’ve spent all of Henley Masters rushing around fixing things for overseas crews who are traveling without their coach or their toolbox!
The Flying Boatman will come to the aid of your club by visiting and presenting a short course in rigging.
After presenting the Rowing Australia coaching courses for many years, I was not satisfied with the way that rigging was taught. It was very much a ‘top-down’ approach heavy on theory looking down from the viewpoint of the Elite Coach, and not a ‘bottom-up’ guide that would be of more practical day-to-day use at club level.
Written from the perspective of a Captain, Boatman, and coach of novices, this course aims to be more practical and accessible for rowers and coaches of all levels. An afternoon with The Flying Boatman will give you the practical hands-on skills and – most importantly – the confidence to tackle most jobs on your boat fleet.
By presenting a more practical course to a larger number of rowers (not just to coaches on specialised courses), there will be a greater understanding and appreciation for the mechanical bits and bobs on a boat. Rowers will be quicker to spot problems and bring them to the attention of the Captain or coach. More people will be able to quickly solve the easier issues so that training sessions and race day can happen with less delays or stress.
• learn the basics of bolts
• hands-on with the tools
• understand the mechanics of a boat
• examine the geometry and physics
• apply theory to real-life examples
This course will help improve the rigging of your boat, as well as help with the long term maintenance and longevity of your club fleet.
Prior knowledge: Should know how to row. Understanding which end of the screwdriver is the ‘dangerous’ end a bonus, but not essential.
Should know how to row. Understanding which end of the screwdriver is the ‘dangerous’ end a bonus, but not essential.
3-5 hours, with some reading beforehand
At your boathouse, with your boats to hand.
£70 per head
+ travel time if located more than 1 hour drive from our base