Crew is a sport that involves most of the participants pulling on oars that are twelve feetlong and movign them trhough the water to move a racing boat called a shell as quickly as possible. In high school crew, there are two kinds of shells: fours and eights. Fours only have four rowers, each one holding one oar. Eights have the same arrangement but double the number of rowers. The shells themselves are quiet fragile and expensive. Each one easily costing $30,0000 in the low end. New boats are made of carbon fiber, and are unrepairable. The boats themselves are quite narrow, only about two feet wide and had a 2 by 3 foot area of space for the coxswain. The coxswain controls and steers the boat by means of giving commands and using the rudder. The rudder itself is very small and only effective at about racing speeds. It is encased by the skeg which keeps the shell controlable. If your skeg is MIA, you'll know in half a second. Training is intense, an drowers typically are immensely strong, with the average high school varsity being able to bench 130 pounds. Coxswaisn are typically weaker, but some attend the winter conditioning. Crew has diferent sets with its people. The rowers from diferent levels hang out together. The new guys hand with each other, the second years will do the same, and the elder varsity, who are often juniors or seniors hang with each other or some second years. The coxswai also hang separately from the rowers, and are often despised in one way or ...
Rowing is the only sport - everything else is just a game
John:"Actually, its called rowing"
Bob:"What ever dude"
John:"Don't be sad Bob, just because you suck @ life doesn't mean...never mind-go back to ur FootBall"
Bob:"If I wanted to row I would, I just dont want to waste my time"
John:"I dont need to tell you twice, just come try out and you can go home crying after you fail at everything"
Person 2: "But not as hot as all the rowers who do Crew."
Person 1: "Agreed"
"I'm hanging with my crew diz weekend"
Friend: Oh, your the guy that says stroke?
You: *punching friend* The hell I do! I say Catch!
The initiation of a rower's journey begins when they set hands on a boat. You will carry a boat with others like you, and become astounded at how heavy this thing really is.
When all the oars are in, you may row arms only. Seems easy. then the back is added, then the legs. It seems okay. Only as the weeks go by do you realize the enormity of what you have gotten yourself into.
Your hands will bleed and ache and sting; it hurts to pick up a pencil sometimes. You are introduced to the ergometer, erg, or rowing machine- this machine is the finest example of torture in the modern world. Your hands will hurt worse, you will pull harder, you will vomit in trash cans and wobble on jelly legs to your car.
Finally, the hunger. There is no greater hunger than hunger after practice. You will eat anything and everything in sight.
But aside from the general pain, nausea, and discomfort associated with rowing- it will get you fit. You will meet new people that will change your life. You will work harder than you ever have and see results. You will do things that you have never dreamed of. You will fall in love with crew, only it's a weird kind of love. A certain comfort comes from smelling the boathouse on your clothes, stepping off of the erg and into the rainy outdoors, or crossing the finish line with boats behind you.
Non-rower: What's crew?
Non-rower: *kayaking motion* I've been kayaking before!
Rower: I don't think you understand.
Cheerleader: I have practice until 5 today! Ugh!
Rower: *low growl*
Coach: Set up the ergs!
Rowers: I can't I broke my body
Mom: I think I made too much pasta
Rower: there is no such thing as too much pasta