Category Archives: Analytics

Sit Up and Take Note

Can simply sitting up during your stroke make the boat go faster? All dragon boat paddlers know that when there is movement in the boat, there is an effect on the boat. Sometimes this movement can be used for good. Sometimes for evil. Rowers, with their sliding seat, experience an effect on the boat due to their body movement as they slide forwards and backwards through the stroke. A previous,...
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How Fast Can a Dragon Boat Go?

Figure 1: Dragon Boats exceeding hull speed. Image supplied: http://www.ottawadentalcare.com/2016/05/ Is there a maximum speed for a dragon boat? Has it anything to do with “hull speed”? Can we answer those questions of whether a 10 paddler boat should be faster than a 20 paddler boat? You would think that some clever person should be able to work out how fast their particular crew should be able...
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Dragon Boating: Does Size Matter? Big Data vs Small Data

  It is very rare for me to take a training session or participate in a Regatta without some form of technology. It could be physically strapped to me, fixed to a push bike peddling in parallel along the shore, in an accompanying motorboat and/or attached to the boat itself (where allowed of course). I believe that the answers are hidden in the data. I believe if we measure...
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Become a Better Dragon Boat Paddler in One Day – Find the Kinematic Sequence

Have you ever wondered how top golfers can hit the ball so far, so effortlessly? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGnYLXlfjbU Have you ever wondered how a baseball pitcher can throw such a fast ball? https://youtu.be/jZKvJY6gDfg Have you ever wondered how a discus thrower can throw so far? https://youtu.be/a0lwtTGAEX4 Have you ever wondered how some Aussie Rules footballers can kick the ball over massive distances? https://youtu.be/e4KMzrirQo8 Look very closely at the body movements in...
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