And now a word about the ladies. Many of the delights of the river would be lacking were it not for the ladies. Their presence indeed, should be an additional incentive towards the cultivation of a graceful rowing style. As pleasure boat passengers they make our labours doubly worthwhile, and nowadays not a few of them pull no mean oar.
The question as to whether or not racing is a fit pastime for members of the fairer sex is one that must be decided by the medical profession. Some authorities hold that serious racing is detrimental to feminine physical health and physique, and that the strain entailed may lead to permanent injury. At he same time, no one will deny that rowing in a racing eight, four or sculling skiff, provided the work undertaken is not too strenuous, has any effect upon feminine health other than maintenance of physical fitness.
Most certainly no medical man would advise against pleasure boating as a recreation for women and girls, provided, of course, that it is indulged in moderation and without undue strain. Here again style steps in, for correct style means a conservation of energy, an ounce of style being worth a pound of power.
Given normal health ad physique there is no reason whatever why a woman or girl should not develop into a good class oarswoman with perfect safety.
‘Women and the oar’ – Rowing and Sculling by ‘Stroke’ 1928