What are the differences between sweep and sculling?

Sweep rowing is where each rower uses 1 oar. Sweep rowers typically row in boats ranging from 2, 4 or 8 rowers. Larger boats (4’s and 8’s) often times have a coxswain steering the boat. In sculling, each rower has 2 oars each. These boats tend to be smaller with 1, 2 or 4 rowers. Sculling boats do not have coxswains. For more information, check out this article from US Rowing.

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