I am in the process of writing up my thoughts on the energy balance of the stroke. It takes a little longer than expected because I am checking some subtleties of the energy dissipated in the rower’s body when slowing down on the slide, just before the release and just before the catch.
In the mean time, here is a picture from our Veteran’s A eight just after the start of the race. The author can be seen in the 2 position (2nd from the bow). What can be seen nicely in this photo are the puddles. One of the energy sinks in the system is energy dissipated in puddles.