Rowing: A Similarity Analysis

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Science  23 Jul 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 3994, pp. 349-351
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.3994.349


The theory of models is employed for calculating the speed of geometrically similar racing shells. The theoretical prediction, that shells should have a speed proportional to the number of oarsmen raised to the 1/9 power, is in excellent agreement with observations. A significant implication for the proportions of lightweight and heavyweight eight-oared shells, indicating how both might attain the same speed, is developed.

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