Here we learnt that to build up speed and to keep the boat steady, we had to row in time with each other by watching the rower in front of us and listening to the drummer at the front. We used various methods to try and keep rhythm, such as tapping our oars against the side of the boat after each stroke, chanting a rhyme, rowers at the front starting and then gradually joining in two by two until everyone was rowing or by calling “hopp” and “kopp”. It was great fun in the boats, especially when the races began. It certainly tested our coordination skills and stamina. There were a few aching arms the next day!
By Thomas Shelley Year 6