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Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational for enjoyment or fitness, or competitive, when athletes race against each other in boats. There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell to an eight-person shell with coxswain.
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  • Basic information 

  • Distinction from other watercraft 

  • Fitness and health 

  • History 

  • FISA 

  • Equipment 

  • Steering 

  • Blades 

  • Ergometer 

  • Damage 

  • Boat storage, boat houses, and boat centers 

  • Competition 

  • Side by side 

  • Head races 

  • Bumps races 

  • World Championships and Olympics 

  • Rules of racing 

  • Coxswain 

  • Lightweight 

  • Women 

  • Adaptive athletes