The rowing stroke consists of the drive and the recovery. Rowers move the boat on the drive and, on the recovery, allow the boat to run while they prepare prepare for the next stroke. In addition to the drive and the recovery, rowers need to be conscious of how they connect the blade to the water (the catch) and how they extract the blade from the water (the finish/release).
The pages in this section contain detailed information that rowers and coxswains need in order to perfect each phase of the rowing stroke. Executing each phase to perfection is the path to a fast boat.