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Old 08-24-2011
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I have that book by Craig Lambert and have made reference to that very passage. The near-mystical place of Swing in the culture of rowing was also mentioned in David Halberstam's book The Amateurs.
In the ebook user's manual for the Self-Coached 10-Lesson Workshop I wrote the following in introducing our SwingSwitch drill

In his 1985 book about Olympic rowing, The Amateurs, David Halberstam describes the magical feeling rowers experience when perfect synchronization among eight individuals makes rowing seem almost effortless: “When oarsmen talked about their perfect moments in a boat, they referred not so much to winning a race but to the feel of the boat when it seemed to lift right out of the water. Oarsmen called that swing.”
Lesson Six teaches a drill series we call SwingSwitch. When you get it right, the effortless propulsive power it provides seems almost magical, like ‘swing’ in rowing.

Honu, your passage about partnering with the ocean is equal in eloquence to Lambert writing about Swing. And I know the feeling exactly but have never described it as lyrically.
Terry Laughlin
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