In another, and perhaps more important sense, it is about the pursuit of unattainable perfection that athletes and martial artists seek. Eight oar rowing is a team art, requiring a matching of flow and energy, in harmony with the boat, the water, and each member of the team. It can lead to those shining moments where you approach the limits of what is possible.
“It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is. It’s a symphony of motion. And when you’re rowing well, why it’s nearing perfection. And when you near perfection, you’re touching the Divine. It touches the you of yous. Which is your soul.”
― George Pocock