Marco, Marco, Marco. You're done man--game over--no do overs. Best option for you now is to un-subscribe from this and any other list that somehow let you join. I guess you can sign in under a new user name... no, no that wouldn't work. As soon as you opened your mouth we'd know it was you again.
To compensate for the loss of energy in your stroke, you're going to have to row faster--about 37% faster, to achieve the same control.
At the same time, with your 55/45 ratio on 8' oars, you're going to have to move the oar handles through a 90" arc, compared with 75" for us with our 10' oars at 70/30. But you're going to have to be one huge dude to reach 90" with each stroke! In fact, 75" is about the maximum for anyone rowing without a movable seat.
So with a 75" pull, you're going to get only 89 inches of stroke at the blade. That means you're getting only 51% of the energy per stroke, so you're going to have to take twice as many strokes. Dude, that's great for aerobics, but you can't do it!
Bottom line here: Let's let everyone figure out for themselves who is full of what and what is complete nonsense.[/QUOTE]