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The A-Z of Kingston Royals

Here it is, every definition you could possibly want to know about us

Anaerobic Threshold
n. The boundary between predominently aerobic exercise (an effort that you can maintain for a long time) and anarobic exercise (more intense effort which leads to and is limited by the build up of lactic acid in the muscles). Exercising above the threshold helps the body get used to processing the lactate, and this term is sometimes used to denote training at such a level of intensity.
Archrivals see Henley (2)
Arriana n. The name of the club's fifth 20-seater boat. Made by BUK and still in use by the club.
Baby  see Baby Kay
Baby Kay n. The name of the club's 10-seater boat. The name is a pun on Lady Kay which the club already owned when this boat was bought.
Bailer n. A means of emptying water from the boat. Usually made from old plastic milk bottles.
Bell boats (1) n. Twin hulled stable canoes often used by activity centres for watersports.
(2) n. A mooring for such boats immediately downstream of Tea bag island, used as a turning point for one of the club's time trial courses.
Blade  see Paddle


see British Dragon Boat Racing Association
Boat plan n. The order in which a crew will sit, drawn up with the aim of ensuring the crew is balanced. This is usually displayed on the whiteboard at the start of a session.
Bow n. The front of a boat.
Bridge, to the a. A piece which ends at either Kingston Bridge or Kingston Railway Bridge (normally the former).
British Dragon Boat Racing Association n. The governing body for the sport of dragon boating in the United Kingdom.
Bulkhead n. A solid section of boat, designed to maintain bouyancy, strengthen the boat, and prevent water movement within the boat. All boats have bouyancy chambers at the bow and stern, but some (including the Baby Kay and Save and Prosper) have additional bulkeads under some seats. These are not universally popular as they limit legroom for taller paddlers.
BUK n. A manufacturer of dragon boats, based in Germany
Cag n. Slang term (short for cagoule) for the thicker and warmer splashproof club tops.
Canoe Club (Freehold) Ltd. n. The non-profit company set up to run the site which the club uses alongside the Skiff Club, RCC and Walbrook Rowing Club. A committee with representatives from each club deals with day-to-day administration, and all users of the site must subscribe to the company.  
Castles n. A type of training involving several sets of twenty or so strokes at full pressure, usually with around the same time of recovery in between
Catch n. The point at which the paddle enters the water to start the stroke.
CCFL see Canoe Club (Freehold) Ltd.
Church to Bridge n. A piece from the tower of St Raphael's Church to Kingston Bridge - a distance of 1000m.
Churn v. To disturb the water by placing the paddles insufficiently deep. If done by the front half of the crew, this produces frothy water which is difficult for the back half of the crew to paddle in.
Coxbox n. The amplification system worn by the helm (or occasionally drummer) which plugs into the in-boat speakers to allow all crew members to hear their calls. (Coxbox is actually a trade mark but is often used in the same way that hoover is used for all makes of vacuum cleaner.)
Double sunset n. The ability to see the sunset twice in different locations on the river. Only possible in mid-summer when the sun sets slowly, and caused by the bend in the river around to Hampton Court.
Dress the boat v. To put the drum, head, tail and drummer's seat onto the boat.

(1) n. The loud device at the front of the boat used to reinforce the rate.
(2) v. To make a noise using such device.

Drummer n. The person who drums. Normally only present in races.
Easy (1) v. An instruction to stop paddling.
(2) n. A winning margin in a race, denoting an immeasurably large gap.
EDBF n. The governing body for the sport of dragon boating in Europe.
Exit  n. The end of the stroke.
Faff n. & v. The endless ability of club members to stand around without really doing anything, often demonstrated before training on Saturday mornings and whenever we are already late for the start.
Flag catcher n. & a. In some dragon boat races overseas, the winner is not the first to cross the finish line but the first to collect a flag from a bouy on the line - meaning that the quickest crew can lose if this task is not performed correctly. The boat carries an additional passenger on the bow to grab the flag.
Foot rest n. A raised ridge on the bottom of the inside of the boat, allowing a paddler to brace themselves within the boat and transmit the force they are exerting into the boat as forward momentum. Some makes of boat have extra grip on the base of the boat instead of a foot rest. In the Baby Kay, the foot rests are renowned for being in a place which can't be used unless you have very short legs.
Gardening shed n. A green shed on one corner of the CCFL property that used to contain some club equipment, but has now reverted to its original purpose.
Garden tools shed n. An outside cupboard forming part of the mainland clubhouse that used to contain some club equipment, but has now reverted to its original purpose.
GPS n. Global Positioning System. As well as being useful for finding your way to a race venue, some boat-speed recording units use this technology to measure boat speed.
Great River Race n. An annual race for traditional (i.e. fixed seat) rowing and paddling craft, held on the tidal Thames between Ham and Greenwich.
Griffin n. The name of the club's sixth 20-seater boat. Made by BUK and still in use by the club.
GRR see Great River Race
Gunnel n. The top of the side of the boat.
Head n. A fibreglass or wooden model of a dragon's head, attached to the front of the boat when racing.
Heart rate monitor n. A device involving a chest strap and wrist piece which displays information relating to the bearer's heart rate.
Helm n. The person who stands behind the paddlers in the boat and who is responsible both for steering the boat and for coaching and encouraging the paddlers.

(1) n. A small town on the Thames upstream of Kingston.
(2) n. See Archrivals
(3) n. See Henley Winter Series

Henley Winter Series n. A series of long-distance dragon boat races held each winter on the Thames at Henley.
HRM See Heart Rate Monitor
HWS See Henley Winter Series
IDBF n. The International Dragon Boat Federation, the worldwide governing body for the sport of dragon boating.
Island clubhouse n. A CCFL clubhouse on Trowlock Island. Rebuilt in 2008, it contains a weights room, studio and canoe storage.
Lady Kay n. The third boat owned by the Club, now owned and used by Exe-Calibre dragon boat club.
League see National League
Leftie n. A paddler on the left hand side of the boat.
Light (pressure) a. To paddle with a minimum of effort.
London Pipe Dream n. The name of the Club's second 20-seater boat, bought in early 1991 to replace the Teak Boat.
Magnificent Seven n. A session plan derived by the club coach which involves doing a piece or pieces seven times over.
Mainland clubhouse n. A CCFL clubhouse containing the bar, kitchen, lounge, physiotherapy treatment room, and rowing boat storage.
Mushroom n. Slang term for a small pumping station on the Middlesex bank of the river opposite Thames Ditton, used as a landmark by rowing crews.
National Championships n. Slang, but more frequently used, term for the National Cup.
National Cup n. The primary dragon boat event of the year, organised by the BDA and commonly held at the end of the summer racing season at the National Watersports Centre near Nottingham. Winners of this event are deemed to be the British national champions.
National League n. A series of races, organised through the BDA, through the summer racing season. Points gained at each event count towards positions in league tables.
Newbie n. A paddler at their first few sessions at the club.
Noodles (1) n. A type of food
(2) n. The consumption of such food at San Ho Noodle Bar in Hampton Wick by club members after training. 
O1 n. A one-person outrigger canoe, use of which allows individuals to work on dragon boat technique at their own pace. Properly referred to as an OC1.
O2 n. A two-person outrigger canoe, properly referred to as an OC2.
O6 n. A six-person outrigger canoe, properly referred to as an OC6.
Outing see Session
Outrigger n. A canoe with one or more lateral support floats, which are fastened to one or both sides of the hull. Canoes used for dragon boat training will use a single outrigger on the side which the paddler is not paddling on. The outrigger float, traditionally known as an ama, greatly increases the stability of the canoe with a relatively small loss of efficiency.
Paddle n. The means by which the paddler propells the boat forward through the water. The size of dragon boat paddles is mandated by the IDBF. An efficient paddler will lever the boat forward past a point at which they have placed the paddle in the water, rather than pushing water backward.
Paddles Up! Helming command - although not used in Britain - telling paddlers to get ready to paddle.
Paddling machine n. A contraption which allows a paddler to practice their technique on the land; a rotating fan acts as an airbrake to recreate the feeling of paddling through water.
Paul Gilbert A former club captain and member of RCC, who died in a canoeing accident.
Paul Gilbert Race n. An annual fancy dress handicap race held in Paul's memory each August.
Philpette n. A training device that allows a similar movement to a dragon boat stroke; cf paddling machine.
Piece n. A time- or distance-limited amount of paddling at a certain (usually high) pressure.
Press v. An instruction to encourage a quicker entry into the water by using the top hand to push the paddler down into the water.
Pressure a. A description of the amount of effort employed by the paddler. Light pressure requires little physical effort; full (or firm) pressure the moast.
Pyramids n. A series of pieces which increase in intensity while shortening in length before increasing in length and reducing in intensity.
Quiche v. To refrain from fully exerting oneself. The origins lie within the phrase "real men don't eat quiche", taken from Bruce Feirstein's 1982 book of that name. Used more commonly by rowers, where "quiche" has lost its association with gender politics and is now a catch-all term for unwarranted softness and/or poor quality performance, used by oarsmen to describe things both on and off the water ("England were more talented than Greece but struggled to a draw because they were clearly quiching"). The word has become incredibly versatile, existing as a verb ("lefties, you're quiching!"), an adjective ("Even for light pressure, that was unbelievably quichy") and a noun ("The first piece was pretty good, but the second one was complete quiche"). Some non-sporting organisations have cottoned on to the need to identify and isolate the causes of ineffective paddling, hence in Sainsbury's you will often find an aisle labelled "Pies and Quiches".
Race top n. The only item of clothing club members are required to buy, this is a shirt in our club colours (royal blue with pink strikes).
Racing licence n. A document issued by the BDA and renewed annually, which is required before a participant may compete at one of the BDA-organised events. 
Railings n. The railings on the riverside edge of Broom Road Recreation Ground, often used as the start point for a piece.
Rate n. The number of strokes being taken in a minute.
Rating See rate
Ravens Ait n. A small island in the middle of the Thames near Surbiton.
RCC see Royal Canoe Club

(1) v.Helming instruction to lengthen the stroke
(2) n. A straight bit of a river

Recovery n. The part of the stroke from exit to entry during which the paddle is out of the water.
Red Board n. A warning signal displayed by lock-keepers suggesting that craft do not navigate due to the speed of the river.
Rep See repechage
Repechage n. A race or races during a competition that allow those who missed out on direct qualification to the next round a second chance to qualify. (This ensures that if the draw has put the fastest teams in the same heat they will all be able to progress. The word derives from French, literally meaning "fish again.")
Rightie n. A paddler on the right hand side of the boat
Rip v. To pull the paddle through the water leading to the churning up of water for those paddling further back in the boat.
Rob Roy House n. A CCFL clubhouse containing rented accommodation and canoe and dragon boat equipment storage and members' O1s. It is named after John MacGregor (1825 – 1892) who was nicknamed Rob Roy after his famous relative Rob Roy MacGregor and who founded the Royal Canoe Club.
Rotation n. The principle of rotating the body to maximise the length of the stroke.
Royal Canoe Club n. The Royal Canoe Club, founded in 1866, is the oldest canoe club in the world. It promotes canoeing and kayaking, focusing on outrigger, flatwater, sprint and marathon disciplines.
Running order n. The line up of paddlers in the crew, normally chosen to balance the boat left to right and fore to aft.
S&P see Save & Prosper
Save and Prosper n. The fourth boat owned by the club, sold to be used to cross the Channel by the Sisterhood crew in a charity race in 2007.
Seating plan see running order
Session n. A training period.
Settle see stride
Skiff Club, The n. A skiffing and punting club based on the CCFL site.
Splash v. To throw water in the air and on to another paddler in the boat. Usually very unpopular, it is suddenly a welcome attribute on very hot days.
Sponge n. A device carried in the boat to bail water out of it.

(1) n. The beginning of a race.
(2) n. The sequence of strokes that the crew uses to get up to full speed after the beginning of a race.

Steering arm n. The large oar attached to the steering pin and used by the helm to steer the boat.
Steering pin n. The vertical fixture near the back of the boat to which the steering arm is attached.
Stern n. The back of the boat.
Steven's Eyot n.  A small island in the middle of the Thames, about 400m upstream of the clubhouse. Its upstream edge marks the end of the measured 500m course.
Stride n. The stroke (1) which marks the transition from the start (2) to the main part of a race.
Stroke (1) n. one cycle of the paddle, usually starting and finishing at the entry position.
(2) n. the paddlers who sit furthest forward in the boat, responsible for setting the rating.
Tail n. A fibreglass or wooden model of a dragon's tail, attached to the back of the boat when racing.
Tea Bag Island n. An unofficial name given to the small island just downstream of Steven's Eyot.
Tea Pot Island n. An unoffical name given to Steven's Eyot.
Teak boat, the n. The club's original boat, imported from China by the Hong Kong tourist Association and made of teak (and thus very heavy at around 2 tons). Painted pink to match club colours, in 2009 it was sent to Giessen in Germany to be used to teach disadvantaged young people about traditional boat building.
Time Trial n. An individual timed piece, either on the paddling machine or in an O1, used to measure paddling ability and speed. The club has a number of standard time trial tests, and results in these can be used by the captain and the coach to rank paddlers' abilities.
Trolley n. A device allowing easy movement of boats on the land.
Trowlock Island n. An inhabited island in the River Thames at Teddington accessed by a chain foot ferry. CCFL owns a property on the island and a larger area on the mainland immediately to the south-west of the island.
UT1 n. A type of training with expected heart rate below the anaerobic threshold.
UT2 n. A type of training with a lower heart rate than UT1.
Walbrook Rowing Club n. A rowing club based on the CCFL site.
Whiteboard n. A reusable writing surface used to choose and adjust seating plans prior to outings.
White tape n. White or reflective sticky tape placed on the tip of a paddle to make it easier for the person behind to follow in the dark.
Yellow Board n. A warning signal displayed by lock-keepers suggesting that non-powered craft do not navigate due to the speed of the river.
  With thanks to First & Third Trinity BC, from whom some of the definitions are adapted. Other dragon boat clubs are welcome to use this list as the basis for their own as long as a link is provided to


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