yak404Hey extine, recently got a new double partner, we're having a few issues mainly on the recovery at higher rates, what drills can you recommend for us to get more boat speed?
Hey Yak, just saw this, thanks for the great question.
Without seeing your stroke or how it's actually moving currently, I'd suggest focusing on balance. A talented coach I worked with shared with me an anecdote regarding Olympic Velodrome Cyclists and how much power they're losing because they're focused on their balance. It's similar on a boat or while lifting, if you're balanced you'll be able to produce more power.
The following drill might be a little tougher in a double but should be doable when performed slowly and with a wide berth. Rowing eXtremely lightly and slowly, go through the follow pattern: Take a stroke together, then have the lead rower (port/starboard depending on rigging) take a stroke with their oar in the air and rower on the other side take a stroke (again very lightly) with their oar properly submerged. Recover together as usual, then take the following stroke switched. After the following recovery, both rowers take an air stroke, which is then followed by a regular stroke together.
This is a great drill to do at the start of your row, helping to establish and guide your mental perception of what is off-balance in what direction, and what is on-balance.