Rowing has one of the oldest traditions, it’s beginnings a method of transport and warfare, has become a sport with a very wide following and is a part of the cultural identity of the English speaking world.
Eight-oared shells are about 18 meters long.
An eight carries more than three-quarters of a ton and can weigh as little as 200 pounds
Physiologically, rowers are superb examples of physical conditioning. Cross-country skiers and long distance speed skaters are comparable in terms of the physical demands the sport places on the athletes.