Basic Skiff & Rowing Terminology
Like many sports, rowing has a language all its own. For the novice rower who's told to "back off”, it's helpful to know some basics.
At Dundee Sailing Club, we use a St. Ayles Skiff called Eider. The St. Ayles Skiff (pronounced Saint Isles) is a 4 oared rowing boat, designed by Iain Oughtred and inspired by the traditional Fair Isle skiff.
Some Skiff terminology
|Bow||Front of the boat|
|Coxswain (Cox)||The person who steers the boat|
|Gunwale||(pronounced "gunnel") The top edge of the side of the boat|
|Port||Left side of the boat while looking from stern to bow|
|Rudder||Part of the steering fastened to the stern of the boat|
|Tiller||The lever that you use to turn the rudder|
|Starboard||Right side looking from stern to bow|
|Stern||Rear of the boat|
|Stroke||The rower in the stern-most seat of the boat. They are also the one who sets the pace for other rowers.|