Rowing tour through Eton
What's a touring boat?
Weyfarers currently has six "C" type coxed quads, which are widely used on the continent for touring rowing and teaching beginners. They are wider and more stable than racing boats, whilst having the same "feel" and requiring similar technique to row. We also have a coxed double scull touring boat.
The "official" specification of a coxed quad "C" gig is as follows:
This is about 20 kg heavier than a racing four, but can still be lifted by 4 strong or 6 average people. A reasonably competent crew can average 10 km per hour, and of course, there's plenty of room for spare kit and refreshments.
Our touring quads come from the following manufacturers:
and the coxed double from
These are the boats we use for our rowing courses. The Schellenbacher, Wintech and C line can also be rigged for sweep-oar rowing.
We have two Swift "Freedom" double sculls, which are narrower than touring boats but more stable than racing boats. These are ideal for people who have progressed beyond beginner level and want to try a faster boat. The latest boat was purchased with a generous grant from Sport England using money from the National Lottery.
We have just taken delivery (November 2015) of two Swift "Freedom" single sculls for our members who want to try single sculling but are a bit nervous of going out in a racing single.
We also have the following "fine" boats:
The late Pat Sherwin left us four Eton Whiffs, which are stable single sculls and ideal for beginners.
Oars and sculls
For our normal outings, we use "big blades" or "cleavers". We have
For teaching beginners we use macon sculls, which are easier for inexperienced rowers to handle. We have
We have 8 Braca sweep-oar blades for our occasional sweep rowing sessions.
Because most boat trailers are designed to take racing boats, which are narrower than our touring boats, we commissioned a special design from De Graaf trailers
This is built on their light-weight chassis and takes 6 touring boats.