The sensitivity of (some) rowing shells [Filler #20] by rhoing

The sensitivity of (some) rowing shells [Filler #20]

Last week as I was loading my rowing equipment at the lake after a row, I noticed that the shell was unbalanced in the water: it was listing to port. Since this is a racing shell in which I have invested a fair amount of time and money, I was curious about the reason. Then I spotted the water bottle. I removed the water bottle and — voila! — the shell was balanced! A not-quite-full 32-ounce bottle of water on the port side was all it took, as shown by this pair of images.
» By the way, this 26' shell — sans water bottle — weighs about 30 pounds.
Using a term I've learned from a brother-in-law — — this shows how “tender” this craft is!

Happy 55th to my younger brother, Larry!

1 year ago (“Whitebanded Crab Spider”):
2 years ago (“Only frame of the day…”):
3 years ago (“Surprise!”):
4 years ago (“Spotted Cucumber Beetle on a petunia”):
5 years ago (“‘Down a pint’…”):

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Just shows how skilled the rower is in balancing on this shell!
September 13th, 2016  
They are so finally balanced by the sound of it. What is that shape near the water bottle, ( outline blue ). Looks as if it has a readout. Speed????
September 13th, 2016  
@maggiemae You're not entirely wrong, Maggie. For this reason, it was a shell I had to "work up to," after gaining competency in more stable — i.e., slower — shells. I haven't flipped yet in this one, but I've come close many, many times!
September 13th, 2016  
@joannakate Yup. It's a GPS-based device that does two things: measures speed (via time and distance) and it counts strokes, which is a very important datum for scullers. And of course the device is coupled with a software download so that you can extract the workout data from the device. Once one does that, then one can upload the data to a web site where the GPS-based route map can be displayed.
September 13th, 2016  
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