Ever since the employment of a coach was forbidden, the students have been dependent entirely on themselves for instruction in rowing. With out a man constantly on hand to watch the daily progress of the crews, every oarsman must feel the responsibility resting upon himself and the great importance of making a careful study of rowing. In this state of affairs a written description of the Harvard stroke may possibly be of assistance. For the benefit of beginners we publish some directions for rowing. In the article an attempt has been made to state the reasons for each one of the directions and, at the same time to make them intelligible to others who are interested in the stroke rowed by Harvard crews.