Crew is the sport of rowing a boat as fast as it will go. At South County we will be rowing sweep boats and in the future sculling boats. The sweep boats have 4 or 8 rowers and are commanded by a coxswain sitting in the back of the boat.
Rowing is a total body workout. Although upper body strength is important, the strength of the rowing stroke comes from the legs. Rowing is one of the few athletic activities that involve all of the body’s major muscle groups. It is a great aerobic workout, in the same vein as cross-country skiing, and is a low-impact sport on the joints. Rowing requires a near-perfect blend of power in the delivery of each stroke, coordination in the balance of the boat, timing of the delivery of the strokes and endurance in the ability to sustain that output for 1500 meters in a race. The physical demands of coordinating the legs, back, upper torso and arms for each stroke, up to 35 strokes per minute over a race lasting between 4 and 8 minutes is unlike any other athletic endeavor.