In principle, four-oared rowing does not differ from eight-oared rowing. It is in details only that the experienced oar will sense a slight, an almost indescribable difference. In taking the beginning, for example the water seems to have more meaning. The whole movement should be brisk and sharp as in an eight-oar, though it does not seem to require quite the same vicious attack. Some oarsmen described the perfect four-oar beginning as an instantaneous hooking-on to the water.