Why are there ‘Tandem’ or ‘Straight’ rigged boats?

Following a question posed on the Masters Rowing Group on Facebook, about why boats are 'Tandem' rigged, I found a nice article published on the MIT Emerging Technology website, that seems to answer the question.

Originally published on MIT, November 20, 2009, a mathematician appears to have discovered why different arrangements of rowers in a racing eights enable the boat to be 'wiggle-free'.

They take their rowing seriously . . .

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