Hey! I am a novice rower and I hear the term “bow loader” a lot but I have no idea what it means, and I thought you would know. Also, I love your blog – it’s great! Thanks! 🙂
Bow loaders are a type of four where the coxswain is lying down in the bow of the boat (behind the bowman) instead of sitting in the stern in front of the stroke.
The reasoning behind them is that it lowers the drag factor of the boat because instead of having five bodies sitting straight up and creating wind resistance, you’ve now got one less person to worry about because they’re lying down. The only positive to them (in my opinion at least) is that it gives the coxswains an unobstructed view of what’s in front of them which should help them be able to steer a pretty straight course.