Since 1983, rowing has seen a 2-3% performance improvement per decade. Explanations for those improvements have been thoroughly investigated. They include an increase in athlete size (~10%), improved training methods (~33%), and improvements in materials and design (~25%). The remaining source of improvement is generally attributed to rowing technique and its determinants, however, no consensus on an “ideal” technique exists. We will review some of the relevant concepts and discuss how to apply what we do know into finding the “missing” speed.