Up one bow side
Up for ten
All in a line
Big thirty to finish
Rowers on the bow side pull one stroke, often followed by 'up two stroke side' then a frenetic 'back up together' as you float over the start line sideways.
The last moment of sanity before all hell breaks loose.
All hell breaks loose
Otherwise known as get out the '****' way.
When the cox wants more power – resulting in the
groan of hyperventilating rowers.
Words of encouragement signalling you are not 'last boat'.
'Up for ten' is bound to be coming next.
The final strokes to the line which generally turn into fifty
before you collapse over your 'easy oar'.
When you get to have a rest and compare blisters.