Here’s a couple of shots from the drone, overhead.
1) at the catch
2) at the finish
The finish looks about standard. But the catch… Good grief! He’s got such a wide spread with his hands there that the angle is huge! No wonder he goes so fast even though he doesn’t tend to rate very high.
The other point is to look at him side on. A perfect example of keeping a constant speed coming up the slide on the recovery – he doesn’t slow down – he almost seems to bounce into the opposite direction at the catch!
This is what Rowing In Motion have been describing as good technique. This is a selected snippet from my use of RIM to try to illustrate it (rate 24, not many strokes included to try to get a graph of what I’m talking about!):
I think this is where you try to get the acceleration line (the solid one) to stay flat at the end as long as possible before it sharply drops down at the end (where Drysdale seems to ‘bounce’ into the opposite direction). If you’re slowing yourself down as you come towards the catch, the acceleration drops slowly away, and the boat velocity (dotted line) is lower for longer.
Here are some other rates: