The elite sport.

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 another. The coxswain gives orders by talking into his microphone which connects to his cox box which connects to the ship intercom system. The box also displays stroke count, strokes per minute, and time. Coxswains are the unsung heroes which actually make the boat. The diference between first and DFL is a good cox. The cox's job is a herculean effort of concentration similar to finding a parking space in the middle of a busy city. He has to keep a shell, which is moving at about 14 miles per hours in periodic bursts of energy on course in a lane with only five feet of error on either side while trying to mind stroke rates, his location, and what the other boats are doing as well as communicating with his stroke what to do. The boats do not turn very well, and once they start turning they are hard to divert, making a powerful mind neccessary for coxing. Rowers have a very hard job since they have to act like one entity with may brains and bodies of varying sizex while tired and rushed often with cold and blisters. In crew, timing is everything. A mistake for one decisecond can be failure, and misjudgement a very costly mistake. Coxswains are often not bad guys, but stay one their goods sides, or they can decide to make you row extra, or some other nasty scheme to humiliate you while you sit powerlessly at your oar. Coxes are also in need of discipline, especially on four shells. These shells are much less stable than eights, and the cox seats are never comfortable. The coxes often have to put up with being very cold, and confined in an uncomfortable position for prolonged periods. After all, they don't make any heat because they are sitting still in a tucked position. Fours have better and faster steering than eights, but are slower and less stable. They are often prefered by more advanced crew members. A lot of animosity can build up between rowers and coxswain, particuarly if the coxswain is an INTP. INTP's are usually not liked by people, and have the misfortune to arouse people's hatred unintentionally. Be good to coxes, or you might end up rowing the whole practice. A crew needs to at least be able to work as a unified whole without killing each other to win. A very bad thing to do to your cox is to say shut up when he has something to say, or to call him an idiot, or to go against his orders. Rowers need to remember that while they are in a boat, they are practiaclly the slaves of the coxswain.
by Molectin April 04, 2009
An uncommon, but physically and mentally demanding sport, where the rowers are more jacked than the largest football players.
Person 1: "That quarterback is pretty hot."
Person 2: "But not as hot as all the rowers who do Crew."
Person 1: "Agreed"
by 1603732 May 09, 2010
The Sport to rule all others!

Rowing is the only sport - everything else is just a game

Bob: "So John, I hear your Crewing"
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"
by Erg Master May 08, 2007
crew will wreck your life.

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.
Rower: I can't, I have crew.
Non-rower: What's crew?
Rower: Rowing
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
by cinderandsmoke October 04, 2012
The most extreme of all athletic exercises. A rower will push him/herself to extreme of levels of pain. You first rush up with the ore at the ends of your hand, your legs crunched up in front of you, and arms fully extended. From there your ore gets dipped down into the water and your legs drive using every ounce of power back wards moving the ore through the water with the force of a freight train. After exerting every bit of energy you have backwards doing this your arms and back do a similar motion while your legs are extended. Now that every ounce of power is gone and you want nothing more then a break you rush up to the position you started in with perfect unison of the other 3-7 people in your boat. This is then repeated around every 2 second for 5-20 minuets. This is not a sport for the faint of heart, the weak, or someone who wont die for it or anyone on there team. It is rewarding from the discipline, the toned body, and the unity it creates with other rowers. Who dosn't love it?
rowing, death, erg, fun, crew
by Fidinn October 15, 2008
Not a gang! Just your main homies, smaller version of a clique. Main friends that u hang wit all da time.
Me and my crew gets money.

"I'm hanging with my crew diz weekend"
by Viciouz Vernon December 05, 2007
this is the sport where the coxswain doesn't say "stroke", he says "catch". There are 1 person boats, 2 persons, 4 persons, and 8 persons. This is the sport that takes up time and attention just because it is that important
You: Yeah sorry I have to go, I'm gonna go cox at crew.
Friend: Oh, your the guy that says stroke?
You: *punching friend* The hell I do! I say Catch!
by Kyle McGuilicuty August 03, 2006

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