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1. Why is the Bow Mounted Wing Rigging System able to increase boat speed to superior competitive levels?

2. What makes one rowing shell faster than another?

3. Why does the Bow Mounted Compression Rigging System
increase the overall boat speed?

4. How do I keep my boat in top condition?
5. What is the best way to carry my single scull on my car?


 

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
 

Question 1: Why is the Bow Mounted Wing Rigging System able to increase boat speed to superior competitive levels?

Answer: Minimum deflection of the pin in the "C" Bracket, more direct conversion of energy into the direction that the boat is running ... and not to mention ... that it is safer, it looks right aesthetically and the Bow Mounted Wing Rigging System obeys basic engineering principles.

The MarkII Compression Rigging System has led to the development of the Bow Mounted Wing Rigging System. The technological advances of the Bow Mounted Wing Rigging System has been recognized through the significant support at State, National and International levels. If we examine the progression of the various rigging systems that Ted Hale has been working on over the years, you will notice obvious progressions.

1. TR - Training Rigger: Two separate riggers attaching to the sides of the boat and situated between the main square off shoulder and the Aft shoulder. Riggers made from aluminium and powdercoated black. A simple rigging system that is easy to attach and allows the rower/sculler to climb in and out of the boat with ease. Usually recommended for beginner/novice rowers (i.e. stage one rower). See photograph on right (TR - Training Rigger) of a training rigger on a Ted Hale "C" Single.

2. MK1 (Mark One) 3 Point Rigger: Basically the same as training riggers, however with backstays leading from the top of the pin position to a shoulder at the bow end of the rail deck. Riggers made from aluminium and powdercoated black. The 3 Point Rigging system makes it more difficult for the rower/sculler to climb in an out of the boat however it adds vital support to the rigger. Usually recommended for rowers with a little more experience in training and racing (i.e. stage two rower). See photograph on right (MKI - Mark One 3 Point Rigger) of a MKI rigger on a Ted Hale "A" Single.

3. AW - Aft (Stern) Wing Rigger: Rigger mounted above the footstretcher. Large difference is that this rigger is a one piece rigger and is fastened across the top of the boat on specially designed deck ledges. Riggers made from Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Aircraft Frame and powdercoated Grey. A simple rigging system that is easy to attach and allows the rower/sculler to climb in and out of the boat with ease. Usually recommended for rowers with a little more experience in training and racing (i.e. stage two rower). For racing purposes this rigger should have back stays attached, especially for heavier rowers/scullers that are moving up the ranks. See photograph on right (AW - Aft Stern Wing Rigger) of an Aft Wing Rigger on a Ted Hale "A" Single.

THE NEXT THREE RIGGERS HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTs WHICH DIRECTLY RELATE TO INCREASED BOAT SPEED. THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY CAN NOW BE SEEN THROUGHOUT EUROPE, ASIA AND AMERICA.

The advantage from the development of these three riggers is that the pressure applied at the catch is directly in line with the main arm of the rigger - and is directed to the centre of the pin supported by the "C" bracket. Thus there is no deflection of the pin, which allows greater conversion of energy into the forward motion of the boat. Similar riggers mounted from the bow end of the boat are now appearing at various international regattas thus supporting the claim that this is a trend of the future.

Riggers mounted from the bow are an improvement on previous aft mounted riggers (i.e. TR, MKI and AFT) in that in the old rigging style the
tendency is for the pin to deflect and thus to force the rigger slightly down at the catch thereby decreasing blade pitch, hence the maximum potential boat speed is reduced. Bow Mounted rigging systems are significantly more efficient in increasing boat speed for a given output.


4. MKII (Mark Two) Rigger:
Most noticeable difference to previous riggers is that the riggers are situated at the bow end of the rail deck. Two separate riggers situated between the main square off shoulder and the bow shoulder that attach to the main square off shoulder and to the bow shoulder. Riggers made from Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Aircraft Frame and powdercoated Grey. A simple rigging system that is easy to attach. Usually recommended for experienced rowers in training and racing (i.e. stage three rower - elite rower). See photograph on right (MKII - Mark Two Rigger) of a MKII rigger on a Ted Hale "A" Single Scull.


5. BW - Bow Mounted Wing Rigger: This rigger is a one piece rigger and is fastened to the boat across the top of the boat at the bow end of the rail deck. Riggers made from Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Aircraft Frame and powdercoated Grey. A simple rigging system that is easy to attach, and allows the rower/sculler to climb in and out of the boat with ease. Usually recommended for experienced rowers in training and racing (i.e. stage three rower - elite rower). This rigging system has taken the MKII rigging system to the next step. As this rigger is a one piece rigger it does not place any additional stresses (or negative energy) into the shoulders of the boat. All of the energy is being directed into the direction that the boat is headed as the pressure applied at the catch is directly in line with the forward motion of the boat and allows more conversion of direct energy into boat propulsion. This rigging system gives the rower the potential to increase the boat speed without changing any other factors. We believe that this design will set the trend for the future. See photograph on right (BW - Bow Mounted Wing Rigger) of a BW rigger on a Ted Hale "A" Double Scull.

6. BOW - Carbonfibre BOW Mounted Wing Rigger: This rigger is a one piece rigger and is fastened to the boat across the top of the boat at the bow end of the rail deck. A simple rigging system that is easy to attach, and allows the rower/sculler to climb in and out of the boat with ease. Usually recommended for experienced rowers in training and racing (i.e. stage three rower - elite rower). This rigging system has taken the BW rigging system to the next step. Most noticeable difference is the reduced weight of the rigger and the added strength and rigidity of the rigger. Rigger main structure made from pressure moulded Carbonfibre and injection moulded rigger attachments - black carbon with a semi-gloss finish. This rigging system is stronger, lighter and more responsive. As technological advances in materials and techniques continue, so do the possibilities of building stronger boats at the same minimum FISA weight. Ted Hale Rowing will continue to promote the technological advancements of our products and strive to provide a better service to you the customer. See photograph on right (BOW - Carbonfibre Bow Mounted Wing Rigger) of a BOW rigger on a Ted Hale "A" Double Scull

SLINGSHOT effect. Carbon Fibre is noted for the way in which energy is stored in the apparatus. Golf clubs and tennis raquets, and indeed rowing oars, have a "Load up phase" when energy is applied in the "swing" or "Drive" - and provided the stroke is carried through smoothly, that energy will be "unloaded" towards the end of the stroke. Ideally that will be as the golf club or tennis raquet head meets the ball - or when the oar handle approaches the "finish" position. So too the Slingshot rigger! Energy is loaded into it - and with efficient rowing it will give you an unloading effect - i.e Slingshot!!

TED HALE IS SETTING THE TREND, AHEAD OF ALL OTHER BOAT BUILDERS, IN HIS ADVANCEMENT OF THE NEW CARBONFIBRE BOW MOUNTED WING RIGGER.

Ted Hale Rowing Pty Ltd has advanced the Carbonfibre Bow Mounted Wing Rigger to the highest standards. This particular rigging system, rigging material and carbonfibre moulding process are second to none. When it comes to increased boat speed, you can not go past a Ted Hale Racing Boat rigged with Carbonfibre BOW Mounted Wing Riggers. The Carbonfibre BOW Mounted Wing Rigger will only appear on our Winning Edge Series 'ELITE F1'.

If you have not already done so, and you would like to receive the next bulletin, send us an email with your name and the name of your club to:
ted@tedhalerowing.com.au



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TR - Training Rigger


MKI - Mark One (3 Point Rigger)






AW - Aft (Stern) Wing Rigger
MKII - Mark Two Rigger











BW - Bow Mounted Wing Rigger


BOW - Carbonfibre Bow Mounted Wing Rigger

BOW - Carbonfibre Bow Mounted Wing Rigger


BOW - Carbonfibre Bow Mounted Wing Rigger

BOW - Carbonfibre Bow Mounted Wing Rigger


     
 
 
 

Question 2: What makes one rowing shell faster than another?
Answer: Invariably, it will be the rower on board!

This answer may be simplistic, but if you ask the rower(s) concerned, why they won a particular race, they will surely outline reasons why they were superior to their opposition: and not give that credit to their boat. Many rowers, having left no stone unturned in their quest for superior fitness, tactics and the Psychological advantage over their opposition, then try to eliminate their equipment as a variable, by setting themselves up in identical equipment to their opposition.

This has resulted in the almost complete domination of the World Rowing Shell Market by one manufacturer over the past 20 years; and a similar almost complete domination of the World Oar and Scull Market by one (different) manufacturer over the 15 of the past 20 years.

Similar trends have occurred on the Australian scene, with particular manufacturers, over the past 10 years.
This approach enables those particular manufacturers to issue advertising material which may claim e.g that "five of the six finalists in an event were in their boat"

What may also happen, however, is e.g. that the 6th or last placed competitors were also in their boat!
This begs the question "What advantage was that brand of boat to the competitor placed last?"

The point being made here is that many rowers, in their attempt to eliminate the boat as a variable, in fact reduce their chances of success, by moving away from a boat that in fact may well have been more suitable for them!

Importantly, there recently seems to have been a more discerning approach by athletes, resulting in more manufacturers boats and oars being represented in finals both Nationally and Internationally.



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Question 3: Why does the Bow Mounted Compression Rigging System increase the overall boat speed?


Answer: The load applied at the catch is sent directly down the arm and in the direction the boat is headed!

The first thing that you will notice about the Mark II rigging system is that the rigger is not situated around the area of your feet and legs. The Mark II rigger has basically been flipped over and sits between the front of the slide and the back of the slide. There are some highly technical reasons for moving the rigger into this position, but the main reason is for you, as a competitive rower, to benefit from the increased boat speed that is obtained due to this change. The MarkII Compression Rigging system increases boat speed due to three reasons: the Ted Hale "C" Bracket; the shape and position of the rigger on the boat; and the overall shape of the Ted Hale designed hull.



Ted Hale "C" Bracket
The "C" Bracket holds the pin, which in turn supports the swivel. It is made from powdercoated aluminium alloy. The "C" Bracket reduces flexing, bending, and deflection of the pin. The "C" Bracket by far outperforms the backstay system through its strength and rigidity. It is completely adjustable to cater for each individual's span, pitch and height. The "C" Bracket is fitted to all Mark II Compression Rigging Systems and all Bow Mounted Wing Rigging Systems. The "C" Bracket on the new Carbonfibre BOW Mounted Wing Rigging System is made from Carbon Composites.



The shape and position of the rigger on the boat
The heaviest load on the blade is at the catch position. The immediate force of energy transfers to the pin, the rigger and the boat almost simultaneously. The benefit of positioning the rigger in the compression configuration is that it directs the force of the energy applied throughout the stroke more precisely into the direction that the boat is travelling.



The overall shape of the Ted Hale designed hull
Ted Hale has spent much of his life focussing his thoughts on what makes one hull faster than another - firstly as a competitor, seeking the competitive edge and feeling the difference, then as a coach trying to get the best out of his athletes and their equipment, and finally as a designer of hulls whereby he can put his own accumulated thoughts and experience into practise.

Important factors considered in designing and manufacturing the most competitive hulls are:











The "C" Bracket









The "C" Bracket and
the position of the
MarkII Compression
Rigger on Single Scull

  .1. Hull Rigidity




.2. Hull Shape
- to facilitate direct transfer of energy from the athlete to.the water



- to provide the most efficient means of carrying the athlete from start to finish i.e. with the least resistance from the water.
- minimum welted surface i.e. least "drag"
- greatest fore and aft stability i.e. maximum "run "
...
...
.....

- rig height
- seat and deck height
- height to give most efficient use of oars.








MkII Compression
Rigger on Double Scull
  .3. Appropriate
set-up within
the boat

Ted has designed specific hulls (whether that be hulls for 1X, 2X/2-, 4X/4-, 4X+/4+, 8+) for the various weight divisions for:

· Womens Light Weight
· Mens Light Weight
· Mens Light Middle Weight
· Middle Weight
· Heavy Weight
Ted's hulls are at the cutting edge of technology and have become extremely popular because of their speed through the water and their rigidity during excessive training workouts and extreme racing competition at national and international levels.


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Question 4: How do I keep my boat in top condition?
Answer: There are a number of steps that you can take to ensure that your boat is maintained in its top condition

If you are lucky enough to be a member of a rowing association, rowing club, or school that has a boat repair man, than you would appreciate the fact that equipment that is used regularly needs maintaining.

Ted Hale Rowing recommends the following boat care routine to keep your equipment in its best condition at all times. After all, your equipment needs to run efficiently to get you through your training and to the finish line. Your boat is only as good as its weakest component. Therefore here are some guidelines:

1. Keep your oars clean - apply Vaseline (or equivalent) on oar sleeves before you row and wipe clean after each row
2. Wash your boat with soapy water, followed by clear water after each row and shammy down excess water (obviously in drought regions this is not possible)
3. Clean your slides after each row with a cloth dampened with water
4. Remove your riggers from your boat once a month and clean with soapy water followed by clear water
5. Keep air vents clear and undo rubber bungs to allow the inside of the boat to properly ventilate and to dry between rows (any additional moisture inside your hull will add weight to your boat)
6. DO NOT CARRY YOUR BOAT WITH THE HULL ON YOUR SHOULDER as a lot of damage can occur to the outside hull when carrying it in this manner
7. Store your boat upside down in the shed to allow for drainage
8. Ensure that all nuts and bolts are tight before each row as you do not want a rigger coming loose half way through your training piece (and definitely not in a race)
9. Keep a look out for traffic on the water as people can get injured and boats can get damaged when they collide with something in the water
10. Take care when getting on and off the water so as not to damage your rigging (and a decent knock on a rigger can put your rigging out)
11. Carry your boat with care by placing the shoulders of the boat on your shoulders (and this includes single sculls when one person is carrying the boat)
12. If someone is assisting you to carry your single scull, carry the boat approximately one metre in from either end of the bow and stern of the boat

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Question 5: What is the best way to carry my single scull on my car?
Answer: Using the Ted Hale Rowing Single Scull Boat Cradle

Ted Hale Rowing recommends that only the experienced boat loaders in each rowing association, rowing club or school take responsibility for tying boats onto trailers or cars and that they teach other members the correct methods for tying down boats. If you are fortunate enough to own and transport your own single scull, here are some guidelines:

1. Use a professionally made Boat Cradle for single scull transport (preferably a Ted Hale Single Scull Boat Cradle valued at $440)
2. Always transport your boat upside down
3. Always take your riggers off when transporting your boat (even if it is a short trip)

Ted Hale Rowing Pty LTD Boat Cradle - Valued at $440.00 (including GST)
Aluminium Construction (weight 7kg)

Featuring oar brackets for a set of sculling blades

Measurements: 247cm (length) x 35cm (width) x 33cm (height)



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