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# Rowing Rigging practical: Angle changes due to span & inboard

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An experiment to find what changes in rigging do to catch and finish angles in scull and sweep. Get spreadsheet from http://www.rowperfect.co.uk/?p=12436

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### Rowing Rigging practical: Angle changes due to span & inboard

1. 1. Angle Changes due to adjustingSpan, Inboard, Stretcher and Distance between handles at the finishThe four key parameters in setting rigs in the horizontal plane Stephen Aitken Jan 2013
2. 2. Some faulty logic• Some rigging guides suggest that narrowing the span will increase the sweep angle and to only adjust one thing at a time• However adjusting one thing at a time is not an option as if two other parameters are fixed the fourth will have to change if the other two are to remain fixed. You have to decide which will change and which will remain fixed• This presentation examines 9 options for changing the rig with an accompanying spread sheet which calculates the graphs using two athlete articulation models which are similar
4. 4. The only option that works• reducing inboard and span equally and adjusting stretcher to keep hands at finish same works with increases in all angles, catch, finish and sweep (total)• NB for 1 cm inboard change sweep change is 1.64 deg for 183 cm athlete• If you want to increase angles first reduce inboard the required amount to increase the arc length of the stroke and then reduce span equally
5. 5. Summary of 9 options and results1) fixed inboard, reducing span and adjusting stretcher to keep hands finish the what we might dosame doesnt work but produces small reductions in catch and sweep as stretcher ismoved to bow2) Fixed inboard, reducing span and fixing stretcher increases catch and sweep, the "adjust one thing at a time"finish angle constant but hands closer together so not a good solution.3) reducing span and inboard equally and adjusting stretcher to keep hands at finish What we should dosame works with increases in all angles. NB for 1 cm inboard change sweep change is1.64 deg for 183 cm athlete4) reducing span and inboard equally and fixing stretcher increases all angles but OK But not as good as 3hands at finish wider apart so not as good as 35) fixed span , reducing inboard and adjusting stretcher for same hands finish gives Worth doing if you want tobiggest increase in catch angle, but reduces finish angle so some increase in sweep increase catch and reduce finishangle. and overlap.6) fixed span, reducing inboard and fixing stretcher increases all angles but hands Dont do, sculler may capsize attoo far apart at finish for a strong finish finish7) fixed span, moving the stretcher to stern, with span and inboard fixed, reduces used when setting the stretcherthe finish angle and increases the catch angle, sweep decreasing marginally8) fixed inboard, moving stretcher to stern , keeping distance between the handles we dont do.fixed, requires span to be increased doubly and catch angle increase, finishdecrease, sweep small decrease9) fixed span and distance between handles , moving stretcher to the stern, we dont do.requires inboard to be reduced, increases catch and sweep angles and reduces finishangle
6. 6. What next?• You can either – Believe me and stop now – Go on and plough through another 20 or more slides which together with a spreadsheet prove the conclusion
7. 7. Introduction• In most rigging guides there is some discussion on the effect of adjusting span on catch, finish and sweep angles and gearing.• This presentation illustrates with reasonably accurately drawn diagrams backed up by geometric mathematical models what does happen and it’s rather different from what most rigging guides suggest.• What happens if you adjust span on its own isn’t much apart from making the athlete less comfortable. What does happen depends on what else you do when adjusting the span – e.g. move the stretcher to get same handle spread at the finish or adjust the inboard to keep the same overlap.• Two geometric models are used – The Arc model which assumes the athlete’s stroke length along the arc of the middle of their hands remains the same regardless of the rig dimensions. The finish position is determined by the span, inboard and distance between the handles at the finish and therefore not by the athlete’s anthropometrics (assuming sill height is constant). – The Shoulders and Arms model which models the sculler reaching for the catch with two straight arms pivoting from their shoulders. The finish position is determined as for the Arc model.• This presentation is accompanied by a spreadsheet which shows all the calculations and which you can use to enter your own data like athlete height and arm-span and make your own adjustments to the rig dimensions to see the impact on the dependent variables which vary depending on your aims for the rig.
8. 8. The ARC model The length of the arc is determined by the athletes anthropometrics (mainly leg and arm length and torso height) and flexibility. A useful formula has been developed Initial span by Kleshnev which derives Reduced span typical arc lengths from height.Arc (cm) = 0.297865* Height (cm) + 108.387 This simple model assumes the length of the arc the athlete can achieve remains constant This is a reasonable assumption for regardless of changes to the span small changes of span or inboard or inboard or stretcher position and small movements of the stretcher
9. 9. Calculating the finish angle – sculls Line of work• To find finish angle we know: • Inboard e • Span f • Distance between handles at finish d• We calculate • Lateral distance of handle from pin u from f/2 – d/2 • Finish angle i from Arccosine(u/e)• Note the finish angle is determined by the rig and the chosen distance between the handles at the finish and is independent e f/2 of the athlete anthropometrics except u i perhaps their torso width• This calculation is used in both the ARC p and SHOULDERS AND ARMS models d• We calculate d as f varies from d=f – 2u or d= f –(e+2)cos (i) The “+2” allows for the width of the face of the swivel Shoulder line The letters used here correspond to the columns in the spreadsheet
10. 10. Calculating the catch angle andhandle position at catch Line of workTo find the catch angle we knowArc stroke length c from athlete heightSweep (total) angle j = c/(e-6+2) radiansSo catch angle k = j - i eTo find position of end of handle at k jcatch f/2 r iHandle spread s = f/2 – (e+2) x cos k sHandle thru the work r = (e+2) x sin k pHandle behind work p = (f – d/2) x tan i c d Shoulder line The letters used here correspond to the columns in the spreadsheet
11. 11. The Shoulders and Arm modelCalculating Catch Angle sculls Line of workTo find catch angle we need to find:• Catch angle created by shoulder through the work• Catch angle created by arm from shoulderWe know• Inboard e• Span f• Half shoulder width t• Effective arm length at catch wWe calculate e• Lateral distance of shoulder from line of work u from f and t u = f/2 – t u f/2• Shoulder through the work x from initial position adjusted for stretcher movements required for the finish x t• Distance from shoulder to pin y from x and u and Pythagoras• Shoulder catch angle from Arcsine(x/y) Shoulder line• Arm and shoulder catch angle from Arccosine((e2+y2-w2)/2ey)) The letters used here correspond to the columns in the spreadsheet
12. 12. The ARC model - scull Option 1 This picture shows two different spans with equal arc lengths at, keeping inboard constant and adjusting the stretcher position to get same distance between handles at the finish. This is what we are told to do to Initial span increase sweep angle. Reduced span 4.00 3.00 2.00 Change in catch angle (deg) 1.00 Change in finish 0.00 angle (deg) -1.00 Change in sweep So the catch angle is reduced by a few degrees angle (deg) -2.00 but the finish angle is increased by same degrees -3.00 distance to move stretcher to stern as the stretcher has been moved towards the bow -4.00 (cm) the keep distance between the hands constant.165.0 163.0 161.0 159.0 157.0 155.0 Sweep angle remains the same (as inboard is the <-increasing--Span --reducing-> same). Overlap increases - reducing handle force?
13. 13. The Shoulders and Arms modelOption 1 This picture shows two different spans and the sculler reaching for the catch using shoulders and arms. Inboard is constant and the stretcher position adjusted to get same distance between handles at the finish. This is what we usually Initial span do. 4.00 Reduced span 3.00 Change in catch 2.00 angle (deg) 1.00 Change in finish angle (deg) 0.00 Change in -1.00 sweep angle So the catch angle is reduced by a few degrees but (deg) -2.00 the finish angle is increased by less degrees as the distance to move stretcher stretcher has been moved towards the bow the keep -3.00 to stern (cm) distance between the hands constant. So the sweep -4.00 angle is reduced by less than a degree but this is165.0 160.0 155.0 exactly what we don’t want!! Overlap increases.
14. 14. The ARC model Option2 This picture shows two different spans with equal arc lengths, keeping inboard constant and using the same stretcher position, so same finish distance behind the work. Initial span We probably wouldn’t do this. 6.00 Reduced span Change in 4.00 catch angle (deg) 2.00 Change in finish angle 0.00 (deg) -2.00 Change in sweep So same catch, finish and sweep angles, but angle (deg) -4.00 hands at finish much closer together and change in overlap increased. -6.00165.0 163.0 161.0 159.0 157.0 155.0 distance between Not worth doing if the rig was already set for <-increasing--Span --reducing-> handles correct overlap and hands at the finish. (cm / cm)
15. 15. The SHOULDERS AND ARMS modelOption 2 This picture shows two different spans and the sculler reaching for the catch using shoulders and arms, keeping inboard constant and using the same stretcher position, so same finish distance behind the work. We probably wouldn’t do this. 6.00 Change in catch angle 4.00 (deg) 2.00 Change in finish angle (deg) 0.00 Change in -2.00 sweep angle (deg) So same finish angle but catch and so and sweep angles increased a little, but hands at finish much -4.00 change in closer together and overlap increased. distance between Not worth doing if the rig was already set for -6.00 handles (cm165.0 160.0 155.0 / cm) correct overlap and hands at the finish.
16. 16. The ARC model Option 3 This picture shows reducing span and inboard equally to have same overlap and adjusting stretcher for same distance between handles at the finish. This is what we should usually do. 4.00 Initial span 3.00 Reduced span Change in catch 2.00 angle (deg) 1.00 Change in finish angle (deg) 0.00 -1.00 Change in sweep angle (deg) So the catch angle is increased by a several -2.00 distance to move degrees, the finish angle a little so the sweep -3.00 stretcher to stern angle is increased several degrees as well. The (cm) stretcher has been moved towards the stern a -4.00165.0 163.0 161.0 159.0 157.0 155.0 little to keep distance between the hands <-increasing--Span/Inboard --reducing-> constant and overlap is same.
17. 17. The Shoulders and arms model Option 3This picture shows reducing spanand inboard equally to have sameoverlap and adjusting stretcherfor same distance betweenhandles at the finish. This is whatwe should usually do. 5.00 Initial span 4.00 Change in catch angle Reduced span 3.00 (deg) 2.00 1.00 Change in finish angle 0.00 (deg) -1.00 Change in So the catch angle is increased by a several sweep -2.00 angle (deg) degrees, the finish angle a little so the sweep -3.00 angle is increased several degrees as well. The distance to -4.00 move stretcher has been moved towards the stern a -5.00 stretcher to stern (cm) little to keep distance between the hands constant165.0 163.0 161.0 159.0 157.0 155.0 and overlap is same.
18. 18. The ARC model Option 4 This picture shows reducing span and inboard equally to have same overlap and fixing the stretcher . We might do this. 4.00 3.00 Change in Initial span catch angle Reduced span 2.00 (deg) Change in 1.00 finish angle 0.00 (deg) Change in -1.00 sweep angle So increased catch and finish angles and sweep (deg) -2.00 angle increased by a few degrees. Handles at change in -3.00 distance finish a bit wider apart. between handles Not worth doing if the rig was already set for -4.00165.0 163.0 161.0 159.0 157.0 155.0 (cm / cm) correct overlap and hands at the finish.
19. 19. The SHOULDERS AND ARMS modelOption 4 This picture shows reducing span and inboard equally to have same overlap and fixing the stretcher . We might do this. 5.00 Initial span 4.00 Reduced span 3.00 Change in catch 2.00 angle (deg) 1.00 Change in finish angle (deg) 0.00 Change in sweep -1.00 angle (deg) -2.00 So increased catch and finish angles and sweep -3.00 change in distance between handles angle increased by a few degrees. Handles at (cm / cm) finish a bit wider apart. -4.00 Not worth doing if the rig was already set for -5.00165.0 163.0 161.0 159.0 157.0 155.0 correct overlap and hands at the finish.
20. 20. The ARC model Option 5 This picture shows reducing inboard with span fixed and adjusting stretcher for same distance between handles at the finish. But can hand reach the catch? Check with shoulders and arms model. 6.00 Initial span 4.00 Reduced span Change in catch angle (deg) 2.00 Change in finish angle (deg) 0.00 Change in sweep -2.00 angle (deg) So the catch angle is increased by a several degrees, the finish angle reduced so the sweep distance to move -4.00 stretcher to stern angle is increased several degrees. The (cm) stretcher has been moved towards the stern a -6.00 lot to keep distance between the hands90.5 89.5 88.5 87.5 86.5 85.5 constant but overlap is reduced.
21. 21. The Shoulders and Arms model Option 5 This picture shows reducing inboard with span fixed and adjusting stretcher for same distance between handles at the finish. Looks OK but.... 5.00 4.00 3.00 Change in catch angle (deg) Initial span 2.00 Reduced span 1.00 Change in finish angle (deg) 0.00 -1.00 Change in sweep angle (deg) -2.00 distance to move -3.00 stretcher to stern The hand cannot quite reach the catch so the catch -4.00 (cm) angle is increased by a fewer degrees, the finish -5.00 angle reduced so the sweep angle is reduced. The90.5 89.5 88.5 87.5 86.5 85.5 stretcher has been moved towards the stern a lot to keep distance between the hands constant but overlap is reduced.
22. 22. The ARC model Option 6 This picture shows reducing inboard with span fixed and stretcher fixed so distance between handles at the finish changes. 8.00 Initial inboard 6.00 Reduced inboard 4.00 Change in catch angle (deg) 2.00 Change in finish angle (deg) 0.00 Change in sweep -2.00 angle (deg) So the catch angle and finish angles are -4.00 change in distance increased increasing the sweep angle by between handles (cm / cm) several degrees but hands may be too far apart -6.00 for a strong finish. -8.0090.5 89.5 88.5 87.5 86.5 85.5
23. 23. The Shoulders and Arms model Option 6 This picture shows reducing inboard with span and stretcher fixed so distance between handles at the finish changes. 8.00 Change in catch angle Initial inboard 6.00 (deg) Reduced inboard 4.00 Change in 2.00 finish angle (deg) 0.00 Change in -2.00 sweep angle (deg) So the catch angle and finish angles are -4.00 increased increasing the sweep angle by -6.00 change in several degrees but hands may be too far apart distance between for a strong finish. -8.00 handles (cm / cm)90.5 89.5 88.5 87.5 86.5 85.5
24. 24. The ARC modelOption 7This picture shows moving thestretcher to stern with inboard andspan fixed so distance betweenhandles at the finish changes. This ishow we normally set the stretcher. 12.0 10.0 Change in catch angle (deg) 8.0 6.0 Initial stretcher 4.0 Change in finish 2.0 angle (deg) Moved stretcher 0.0-5.0 -2.0 0.0 5.0 Change in sweep angle (deg) -4.0 -6.0 -8.0 change in distance -10.0 between handles Stretcher movement to stern (cm / cm)So the catch angle is increased and finish angle decreased equally so the sweep angle remainsthe same. 1 cm stretcher movement changes distance between handles by almost 2 cm.Are hands too close together at finish for a strong clean finish? The reduced finish anglerequires a faster extraction. Can arms reach for the catch?
25. 25. The Shoulders & Arms modelOption 7 This picture shows moving the stretcher to stern with inboard and span fixed so distance between handles at the finish changes. This is how we normally set the stretcher. 12.0 10.0 8.0 Change in catch angle (deg) 6.0 Initial stretcher 4.0 Change in finish 2.0 angle (deg) Moved stretcher 0.0 Change in sweep-5.0 -2.0 0.0 5.0 angle (deg) -4.0 change in -6.0 distance between -8.0 handles (cm / cm) -10.0 Stretcher movement to stern The arms cannot reach the catch so the catch angle is increased but not as much as the finish angle is decreased so the sweep angle decreases a little . 1 cm stretcher movement changes distance between handles by almost 2 cm. Are hands too close together at finish for a strong clean finish? The reduced finish angle requires a faster extraction.
26. 26. The Shoulders & Arms modelOption 7If we move the stretcher 20 cm eitherway we can see that the relationshipbetween movement and other factorsis curvilinear not linear as it appearsfor 5 cm movements. Initial stretcher Moved stretcher But even these extreme movements of the stretcher do not significantly change overall sweep angles if inboard and span is fixed.
27. 27. The ARC model Option 8 This picture shows moving the stretcher to stern with inboard fixed but span adjusted so distance between handles at the finish constant. 10.0 8.0 6.0 Initial stretcher 4.0 Moved stretcher 2.0 Change in catch angle (deg) 0.0 Change in finish -2.0 angle (deg) -4.0 Change in sweep angle (deg) -6.0 Change in span So the catch angle is increased and finish angle -8.0 (cm) decreased equally so the sweep angle remains the -10.0 same. Hands are good at finish but the reduced -12.0 finish angle requires a faster extraction. But can-5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 arms reach for the catch? moving stretcher to stern (cm)
28. 28. The Shoulders & Arms modelOption 8 This picture shows moving the stretcher to stern with inboard fixed but span adjusted so distance between handles at the finish constant. 15.0 Initial stretcher 10.0 Moved stretcher 5.0 Change in catch angle (deg) Change in finish 0.0 angle (deg) Change in sweep angle (deg) -5.0 Change in span (cm) So the arms cannot reach the catch so the catch is -10.0 change in overlap not increased as much as the finish is reduced, so (cm) the sweep angle reduces as stretcher moves to -15.0 stern. Hands are good at finish but the reduced-5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 finish angle requires a faster extraction. Stretcher movement to stern (cm)
29. 29. The ARC model Option 9 This picture shows moving the stretcher to stern with span fixed but inboard adjusted so distance between handles at the finish constant. 12.0 10.0 8.0 Initial stretcher 6.0 Change in catch Moved stretcher angle (deg) 4.0 Change in finish 2.0 angle (deg) 0.0 Change in sweep-5.0 -3.0 -1.0 1.0 3.0 5.0 angle (deg) -2.0 change in distance So the catch angle is increased and finish angle -4.0 between handles decreased equally so the sweep angle remains the (cm / cm) -6.0 same. But can arms reach for the catch and are -8.0 hands too close together at finish for a strong clean finish. The reduced finish angle requires a -10.0 Stretcher movement to stern faster extraction.