Many you have asked about the quote we have used as a backdrop behind our logo on many of our products. The quoteation is from Gilbert C. Bourne’s Textbook of Oarsmanship, originally published in 1925.
“The oarsman should have a clear conception of what is required of him when he makes his effort. He should understand, and be quite sure that he does understand, that he is not so much required to set water in motion and shovel it along past the side of the boat, as to stick the blade of his oar as firmly as he can into a given spot in the water and to lift the boat as far and as quickly as possible past that spot. His attention must be concentrated on moving the boat, not stirring up the water.”
Bourne rowed for Oxford and was an anatomist. He offers a comprehensive book that identifies the key components of rowing, the art and theory, equipment, coaching, and muscular requirements and needs. This book, although written many years ago, is timeless and a great addition to any rowers library.