What Does the Crossed Oars Symbol Mean?


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The crossed oars symbol frequently is used by crew clubs as part of their logos, but it is also the logo of the British Crew Clothing company. Crossed oar logos usually include the letters of the crew team.

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Crew is a sport that is sometimes referred to as "rowing," in which several people propel a boat through water by using oars or paddles. Crew is one of the oldest Olympic sports, and many universities and cities located near water offer crew clubs and competitive racing teams. The most famous races in the United States are the Harvard-Yale Regatta and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

There are two different forms of rowing. In sweep-oar rowing, each rower holds one oar with both hands. Sculling is a form of rowing in which each participant holds two oars. Both oars, however, do not overlap as shown in the crossed oar logo.

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