Olympic rowers blasted the 'horrific' and 'unrowable' conditions after the Serbian boat capsized
Journalists inexperience will always out, and out, and out . . .
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How the rowers saw things:
". . . Irish sculler Sanita Puspure called the conditions "horrific," saying:
"It was like sailing, surfing, everything all in one and a bit of rowing in the end. I was just thrown around with the wind. I couldn’t get the blades in at the same time. At one stage I was blown parallel to the racing lane so I had to tack with one arm into the lane, which is probably unseen before – a person doing one-arm rowing during a race. I was pretty helpless.'"
How the journalists saw things:
"While the conditions don't look especially bad to the naked eye, the water does appear choppy, and the light boats Olympic rowers use aren't difficult to knock over:"
Small boats, especially small, and long boats are very difficult to handle in rough water. The racing shells here are designed for speed in calm waters. The boats I am used to paddling, kayaks are more forgiving, but expedition kayaks in rough, choppy water can be difficult to handle as well.
I wish the racers well. The conditions here are mild for ocean going ships, but difficult for racing shells. Notice there are even small white caps in the photo. These conditions commonly result in postponements.