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Ranking Rowers, it doesn’t make you faster but it is fun

Yesterday, I read with interest the article about the British Rowing Ranking, by Mel Harbour (@melharbour on Twitter). As a data geek, this article was really interesting. The article describes how an Elo rating system could be applied to rowing to improve the ranking. After some email discussion with Mel, I decided the (long) article…

Getting started with On-The-Water rowing by numbers

Introduction So you want to get started with advanced data analytics for your boat workouts? You have come to the right place. In this post you will learn all to get started. After a brief discussion of the Naive Bayes Theorem, we will show how Multivariate Regression and Principal Component Analysis will help you train…

The biomechanics of rowing – book review

THE BIOMECHANICS OF ROWING By Dr Valery Kleshnev Crowood Press, 2016 (and just $30 on Amazon). The myth of the perfect stroke? Rowing is a strange sport. It is a complex motion, and the race distance of 2km require a difficult combination of brute power, efficiency, and technique. Pulling the oar, the rower has no…

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