SCULLING CAMP FOR EXPERIENCED MASTERS ROWERS

Dates for the next camps:

29th Sept – 2nd Oct. – 2022
22st – 23th April, 23th – 26th April – 2023

SCULLING CAMP FOR EXPERIENCED MASTERS ROWERS

Dates for the next camps:

29th Sept – 2nd Oct. – 2022
22st – 23th April, 23th – 26th April – 2023

SCULLING CAMP FOR EXPERIENCED MASTERS ROWERS

Dates for the next camps:

29th Sept – 2nd Oct. – 2022
22st – 23th April, 23th – 26th April – 2023

What is included

3 days Sculling Camp gives you a great opportunity to really fine-tune your technique, focus on nothing but rowing while eating well and relaxing.

  • 8 coached session
  • Coaching will be conducted in small groups of rowers of the same level and speed
  • Daily video review sessions
  • Drills and exercises
  • 1000 m head race
  • Three meals per day
  • Racing shells only – Nelo, Hudson, Empacker, Filippi, and others
  • Networking and relaxed evening activities

Get confidence and feel when the boat goes faster

Our aim is to help you get more confidence in rowing the single scull, feel what makes your boat go faster…

So when you go home from the sculling camp and continue your training, you have a reference to what your rowing should feel like.

The Sculling Camp provides an intensive overview of the sculling technique focusing on each rower’s personal challenges. We take a maximum of 12 rowers per camp, so we can guarantee optimal focus for each participant.

Each participant goes home with a full set of rigging measurements of the boat they used at the camp. Use these to set the boat you row at home to fit you.

The Schedule

At the Sculling Camp we work with different drills and exercises for high rate rowing, changing speed, start and sprint training and the transition from high rate to cruising at race pace.

1. session – Final adjustment of boats and video

2. session – Fine tuning and video

3. session – Drills from review of video

4. session – Drills and excersizes in rowing at high rate and video

5. session – Drills, focus on changing speed at high rate.

6. session – Drills and practice controlling the transistion from high rate to cruising at race pace.

7. session – Drills and practicing starts.

8. session – Head race

Coaching is included in all sessions

Plan of the Sculling Camp schedule

What our customers say about us

I feel privileged to have joined the camp in Portugal.

By some “Bo & Jakob” magic, I think I discovered what sculling is meant to feel like. I am very excited to set up my own sculling boat to the specifications you sent and see how fast I can go in it.

The coaching was subtle but effective. It was a gentle and not too prescriptive method which worked very well for me. There was not an overload of information but a more intuitive approach.

I learned more in those 3 days than I have in the last 5 years. It helped that the boat was set up exactly to fit me so there could be no blaming of the equipment and it was great to spend such an intense amount of time on the water. The venue, the food, and the company were fantastic. I shall be back.

Thank you

Very enjoyable camp and stunning venue; there’s a reason why so many national teams train here!

The camp was just the right length given the intensity. It was also well run and flexible; Bo and Jakob adapted the programme when we couldn’t go out on the main course because of high winds.

Having the possibility of using a large, well stocked gym (with a wonderful view) as a fall back or supplement to water sessions was a big plus – I got some excellent advice on exercises for lower back issues.

The coaching was technical (reflecting Bo and Jakob’s international experience), sympathetic and individual – all boats were adjusted to each sculler and video analysis helped to get across the key points.

Everyone was friendly and open (I didn’t know anyone else on the camp before going) and the group size, of around a dozen, was manageable. The hotel accommodation was of a high standard, the food was excellent and the staff helpful. Would love to go

I have participated in the sculling camp from the very beginning. The sculling camp have help me to get a better understanding of the stroke and where I have to improve ind order to move the boat in most efficient  way.

The coaches do know what they are talking about, and they can show you on the water and in the classroom what they are talking about.

Besides learning how be a better rower it is also nice to spend 4 days in Avizagua in company with other rowers.

A great few days- really nice group of people ,fabulous hotel – facilities and location. Bo and Jakob did an outstanding job of coaching us, and I have returned home a much more confident sculler. I will be back for more!

It is hard for me to express how pumped I am after the Rojabo Rowing Camp.

I am convinced that I was the rower with the least balance and the worst technique. I have never been that unsteady, or slow, since my first year of rowing in 2007.
I almost think I should give up rowing.

But, three days after camp, my mind is still racing with rowing questions that have to be dealt with by applying new rowing thoughts. I am really grateful for the chance to be put together with a group of fellow rowers for 3 days and to come away with undefinable enthusiasm.

The setting, the equipment, the accommodation, and the food was top rate.

The coaches, Bo and Jacob, are top rate too and kept the program on track and going forward.

I could not have asked for more.

I’ve been three times to the Rojabo sculling camp in Portugal (Avis).

Jakob and his partner have a coach’s ability to quietly observe and quickly identify key areas for stroke improvement and then are able to select simple words and phrases that make sense for me as a sculler.  We have, in particular, spent time working on the catch (speed of entry, connection), and by indicating small adjustments the coaching has enabled me to make significant improvements.

Rojabo’s style is fun, but also reflective and thoughtful, and the way in which suggestions are made, and language is flexed or adapted to help the sculler really understand what’s intended, builds confidence and creates lasting “images” that are easy to remember.  As such, the impact of the coaching even over a relatively brief session is significant and lasting.

Add to this a wonderful environment, good accommodation, and good company and I would not hesitate to recommend the Rojabo experience!

Take-aways from the Sculling Camp

When you go home, you can remember what to practice and what to adjust.

Personal Measurements

During the Sculling Camp, we help you fine-tune the single scull you row in, so you can focus on working with your technique, instead of struggling with how to find balance.

It is much easier for you to build confidence when you have a boat that just sits perfectly.

We send you home with a full set of measurements so you can adjust your single scull back at home.

Measurements include the Span, Heel depth, Gate height, Pitch, Stretcher position, Oar length, and much more.

Technical Areas to focus on

In rowing, there will always be something in your technique to fine-tune.

During the camp, we set an individual plan for each rower on what are the key elements they need to focus on. We use video sessions to help explain, so you can understand what makes the boat go faster or slower.  And row beside you during water sessions to help demonstrate what we mean.

You go home with a list of what to focus on so you can continue you improvement process.

Tailored Drills to Practice at Home

When training rowing alone without a trainer, it is important to keep challenging your technique and include technique drills into your everyday training.

But what drills make sense for me to focus on? We give you a list of drills to complete during your warm-up and cool down.  Make them part of your routine on every outing.

The Rojabo Sculling Camp location, Aviz, Portugal

You will stay at the four star hotel Herdade da Cortesia know to may as paradise for rowers. The preferred training camp location for many national teams who want to focus on nothing but rowing and have the perfect setting for restitution and relaxation.

See more about the hotel here

Terms and Prices

8 sessions Sculling Camp 3 nights
Double room, EUR 1498,- Single room EUR 1717,-

Included

  • Coaching
  • Accommodation
  • Shuttle bus from Lisbon airport to hotel and return.
  • Use of onsite facilities
  • Boat hire, racing shells
  • Three meals per day
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • If the travel guide is Red (Travel restrictions) between Denmark and Portugal one month before camp date, the Rojabo Sculling Camp will be canceled.
  • Up to and including the 5th day before camp begins, 100% refund of participation fee if the individual participant’s travel guide advises against travel to Portugal.
  • Cancellation from the 4th day before camp begins, 75% will be refunded if the participant has to cancel the Sculling Camp due to Covid19.
  • Please follow your country’s Ministry of foreign affairs travel restriction. The advice can change quickly, so check regularly for updates.

Travel restrictions

As long as the authorities do not advice against travelling to a specific destination, the Sculling Camp will be carried out as normal and the general rules in the cancellation policy will apply.

Required Covid-19 Vaccine / Covid-19 Test

The Rojabo Sculling Camp will only be open to those who either

  • Are vaccinated and can provide proof of vaccination
  • Can prove a PCR negative test, no more than 72 hours from the test to arrive.
  • Have completed either 14 days of quarantine or 7 days of quarantine with proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
  • People who had COVID-19 within the last 3 months and have recovered do not need to test or quarantine unless they develop new symptoms.

Hotel

Regarding the situation of COVID19 we are in constant contact with the hotel manager about which actions are being taken to prevent infection between hotel guests.

The status at the hotel is that they look forward to welcoming you to Rojabo Sculling Camp.

Currently, the hotel manager is only allowing different national teams in rowing to stay at the hotel. No regular guests are allowed from now on.

General info

We follow the recommendations given by the National Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your own country, the National Board of Health and WHO.

Guests are advised to check travel advice from the National Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the country they are travelling to. Should the travelling advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs change and advise against travelling to your destination, please contact us.

Regardless of the National Foreign Ministry’s instructions, you are responsible for keeping yourself informed and up-to-date about your destination.

Excluded

  • Insurance
  • Pre and post trip accommodation
  • Private expenses
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Extra boat hire
  • Extra nights
  • All other services not mentioned

Meet the Rojabo Sculling Camp coaches

Rojabo Sculling Camp Coach Bo Vestergaard

Bo, born 1965 got selected for the Danish national team at the age of 22 and rowed on the Danish LM8+ for 7 years, four years as the stroke. His rowing career led to several World Championship medals, two gold, four silver, and one bronze.

In 1996 he started coaching the Danish National team and over the years he worked with various different teams, such as the LM8+, LM4x, LM2-, LM2x LM2x, and W4x where his crews frequently made it to the finals at the World Championships. From 2000 to 2006 he was the Head Coach for the Danish Women’s National Team and coached the LW2x and W4x to qualify for the Olympic Games. As coach, he achieved two silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships.

For a five-year period, he worked as High-Performance Director for the Danish Kayak Federation guiding athletes to train following principles from the Rojabo method and helping them bring home medals.

Rojabo Sculling Camp coach Jakob Øjvind Nielsen

Jakob, born in 1970, has rowed since the young age of 13 and started racing outriggers at the age of 25. Two years later in 1997, coached by Bo Vestergaard, he took home bronze at the World Championships racing the LM2-.

Jakob is also the prime motor for developing the Rojabo engine, which calculates the training programs. Today he continues to develop Rojabo besides working actively on various IT consultation projects.

Bo and Jakob started rowing together as a team in 2005. Since 2009 they have rowed the MM2x to Boston Head of the Charles and raced at the Danish National Championships.

Rojabo Coaches Bo and Jakob at Head of the Charles

Success together in the same boat

2006 – Gold Danish Championship LM4-

2012 – Gold FISA Masters  Mens C 2x.

2014 – Gold Nordic Masters Mens C 2x and Mens B 2x.

2016 – Gold FISA Masters Mens C 2x.

2017 – Gold FISA Masters Mens B 2x.

2019 – 2nd FISA Masters Mens C 2x (2nd fastest on the day)

2019 – 5th Head of the Charles Mens D8+

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