Rowing is a sport with origins back to Ancient Egyptian times. It is based on propelling a boat (racing shell) on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational, where the focus is on learning the technique of rowing, or competitive, where athletes race against each other in boats. There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell (called a single scull) to an eight-person shell with coxswain (called a coxed eight).
The Yarra River has been a popular spot with rowers from the early years of the establishment of Melbourne on its banks. Numerous rowing clubs have clubhouses and boat sheds on the banks of the Yarra, and there is hardly a time when one cannot see a few rowing boats on the River.
This post is part of the Friday Greens meme,
and also part of the Weekend Reflections meme.