That's nice; notice how they make it look so effortless and easy. Why can't I do that ;-0I am especially keen to notice how through the close of the drive phase that arm movement is gradually taking a curve downward to set up that nice clean finish... hint..hint!
I think the need to pull up to the chest might be a myth. Top class crews always pull into their middrift. And I don't think it's just because they're taller. The draw should be straight, if these guys drew up to their chests, they'd be digging.
Quite a lot is to do with rigging, though, too. These guys are on a reasonably flat river, and if you're rowing at international level, you'd be on a calm 2k lake.Because our gates are set higher (they generally are on the Cam, it's what people are used to) you can sit at Backstops and cover the blades fully, and see that you have to be drawing up higher to the chest rather than the lap. And, of course, height does come into this too.