turning the double scull boat opposite the boat slip

VicNicSor

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scull
A light, narrow boat propelled with a scull or a pair of sculls:
The two friends had gone for a light row and were turning the double scull boat opposite the boat slip at the Rowing Club when Kieran became suddenly ill.
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Explain to me, please, the part in bold.
Thank you.
 
  • Edinburgher

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    A double scull is presumably a scull for two people.
    The scull is long and thin, designed to go fast straight ahead, but not very easy to steer around sharp corners. I think what the two friends were doing was turning the boat around through 180 degrees without moving forwards. This is particularly tricky. The area of water in which they were performing this turning operation was located just in front of ("opposite") the boat slip.
     

    VicNicSor

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    A double scull is presumably a scull for two people.
    The scull is long and thin, designed to go fast straight ahead, but not very easy to steer around sharp corners. I think what the two friends were doing was turning the boat around through 180 degrees without moving forwards. This is particularly tricky. The area of water in which they were performing this turning operation was located just in front of ("opposite") the boat slip.
    So, when they "were turning on a dime", one of the boys suddenly felt bad, am I right?
     

    Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    So, when they "were turning on a dime", one of the boys suddenly felt bad, am I right?
    Probably. Can't be sure, though. Since the extract is taken out of context, we don't know whether Kieran was one of the two friends in the boat, or whether the two people in the boat were friends of Kieran, who was on land.

    Do they have sculls in America? This story smells English to me, so they would be turning on a sixpence, not a dime. :)
    (We no longer have sixpences, so I'm not sure what we turn on these days).
    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=626209

    (Cross-posted)
     

    se16teddy

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    English - England
    Do they have sculls in America?
    The USA were in the finals of the women's double sculls in the 2012 Olympics. http://www.olympic.org/olympic-results/london-2012/rowing/double-sculls-2x-w
    My father-in-law has three or four of them in his boathouse. I usually hear them referred to as shells, though.
    The term shell does not specify the seating arrangements, nor the number of oars each. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_shell
     
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