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Made a cox over the weekend... [22 Oct 2007|05:44pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I had my first row yesterday...

The coach told me, though, that they need a permanent cox, not a rower (there's more than enough of those to go around, he said)...and I got some weird looks when I was actually HAPPY about that. So, this is fine for me, but I need some advice...what makes a practice effective? (We row for two hours...it's just a small club, but we do compete in regional regattas, and eventually, I want to move on to a larger club, so I want to use this experience to learn as much as I can, skill-wise. It's really rather low-key, so I think that will be good, too, as I've never done this before. All I know is what I've read, which is a lot.)

Is there merit in listening to recordings at this point? Reading the books? (Aside from actually DOING it and putting the theoretical knowledge--i.e. what I've learned from reading--into practice.)

And, a couple of guys in the club made some pretty pointed comments about me coxing (I'm a female...), that "you NEED to learn how to row",and I explained that I have every intention of doing so--at least, definitely getting better than I am, as my strength isn't quite what it should be, but this session ends on the 11th of next month, so I will have until May to get up to par. I'm planning on keeping up with running, and joining a gym, so I can use the ergs, and is there any sort of lifting I should do? Obviously, I don't want to bulk up, but I want to be able to row well enough that they'll understand that _I_ understand what they're dealing with.

Sorry for all the questions. Thanks, though, for any input. If you want, you can e-mail or IMme...andieconners@neo.rr.com; IM: Yahoo=joliebird/AIM=joliebird06



Junior National Team [26 Apr 2007|06:59pm]
Has anyone heard back from the dev/selection camps yet?

If so, what one are you attending?

Good Luck/Congrats!!!


St.Louis Gateway Regatta [20 Jun 2006|05:48pm]

Does anyone have any info on the St.Louis Gateway regatta?


Coxing Audio [12 Mar 2006|09:34pm]

Recordings Here:


To open the files, click on the name of the work, and then where it says "this media files URL Link" click on that, and a box to open the file should open. They are .dvf files, so you might have to switch the file format, or borrow a DVF player (Sony Digital Voice Editor is good). The most recent ones are the 1250m piece recordings.

Feedback always appreciated! Thanks! Good luck this spring!


feedback please [08 Jan 2006|03:46pm]


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happy new year! [01 Jan 2006|10:26pm]
happy new year to all, much luck to all in this coming spring season!
quick question
try to remember back to your favorite coxswain of all time. What did THAT coxswain do that was so extraordinary?

(9 strokes--row!)

just wondering [13 Dec 2005|07:36pm]
ok i know cox'ns are supposed to take all critique in stride, but i'm just wondering, if there was one (or more) thing(s) a rower has said to you that just got you really irritated,annoyed,offended,etc. don't lie-you know there's something

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Vespoli Coxn Clinic [11 Dec 2005|04:02pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Has anyone gone to the Vespoli coxswain clinics before? Any good? I've heard mixed reviews...

Fairfax, VA & Worcester, MA Coxn Vespoli Clinic InfoCollapse )

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Calls [21 Nov 2005|09:26pm]
Alrighty rowers and cox'ns, it's survey time!

1. What's the most effective call your cox'n could ever make? (in general)
2. What's your favorite "kick in the butt" call to keep you motivated and/or get you pumped?
3. What do you think makes a great cox'n?
4. What you never want a cox'n to say
5. What you want to hear a cox'n say
6. Tone of voice (yell, monotone,etc)
7. I'll think of more later, but anything else you want to add!


Junior National Team [20 Nov 2005|11:48am]
X-Posted to the boathouse
How competitive and selective is it to be on the junior national team? I'm haven't been coxing long, and my race resume isn't too hot, but I'd still like to apply. It says the apps. are due in April, should I send mine in earlier?(by the JNT I mean their camps, devolpment and selection) can anyone share their experiences? is it TOO intense? It says I don't need to send in a recording, but should I anyways? ummm i'm at a loss of what else to ask...so thanks!

(6 strokes--row!)

!!! [16 Nov 2005|07:29pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

i rowed today
it was really fun
just felt like sharing


Any ideas? [25 Oct 2005|10:17pm]

My team is racing at the Head of the Iowa this weekend; sadly, because of a class obligation, I can't go. I still want to do something for them to show my support, though. Any ideas for a small (since I have 29 to make/buy, including the other coxes) gift I can give? I'm thinking of doing a card/poster for each of them, but I can't really think of what to put on it.

I'm usually more creative than this but...

xposted to theboathouse

(6 strokes--row!)

[12 Oct 2005|10:38am]

I need some advice ...

I've been coxing for my team at races even though I'm living three hours away ... there's a race this weekend that they're going to, and want me to cox them. The problem is that there is ONE other boat in our race. I don't need to be there, they could put a rock in the front of the boat instead of me and we'd still win. With gas prices what they are, it's going to cost me at least $30 to get there and back.

I told them that I'd cox for them before I found out what a dinky regatta it was. Is there any nice way of backing out? Alternately, is there anyone in the Detroit/Windsor area that would want to cox? :)

I know it's a silly situation, but if anyone has any advice, I'd appreciate it.

(9 strokes--row!)

Frustrated [08 Oct 2005|10:46am]

Do you ever just have a week that you suck at coxing?
A week in which you can't steer? In which you think your calls are crap?


HOCR Cox Clinic [04 Oct 2005|11:41am]

Coxswain Clinic for Steering the Head of the Charles

(Great for scullers, too)
Supporting sponsors:
Concept 2, Nielsen-Kellerman, Row2k.com and WinTech Racing.
Officially sanctioned and strongly recommended by the Head of the Charles
Learn how to strategically approach the obstacles and real race scenarios of
the Head of the Charles course in the 4th annual How to Cox the Perfect
Head Race clinic, presented by Yaz Farooq, World Champion and 8-time U.S.
National Team cox and John Lambert, Chief of the HOCR's Rules and Appeals
Committee. Navigation of the course will be explained in detail. The clinic will
include video examples shot from the coxswain's seat in head racing
scenarios, and maps explaining challenging scenarios on the HOCR racecourse.
Coxswains, coaches, and rowers steering blind boats are encouraged to attend.
Detailed clinic information at:

This year there will be two sessions:
Session 1: Friday, October 21st, 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m at Riverside Boat
At 1:45 p.m. HOCR expert cox Tom Tiffany will lead the Annual Coxswains Boat
Tour from Riverside Boat Club.
Cost is $5, but is FREE to Coxswain Clinic Attendees.

Session #2: Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Buckingham Browne &
Nichols (BB&N) Gymnasium. (Walking distance from Finish Area Launch Site
(No Coxswain's boat tour after Saturday clinic)
Clinic booklets will be provided for the first 100 people through the door
each day. Cost is $15 at the door. Clinic will start on time and will last 90


headracing [29 Sep 2005|09:12pm]

coxing first headrace sunday

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Seat race [12 Sep 2005|09:48pm]

I need some seat-racing advice!!

So, my spot in boats has always been determined and I've never had to compete for one, per se. I am trying to work with a new team this fall before I transfer schools in January to a university with a very strong rowing program. Working with the local club women will give me a chance to really work my skills so that when I arrive at the school in January, I am well prepared to compete for a spot.

So, these women are also looking at another cox, a male, who they're testing out on Thursday. Then on Saturday, they're seat racing with me in one 4+, and him in the other. This is the real deal, the big chance for me to prove that I deserve the spot.

And, I am really fucking nervous.

SO! please give me any and all advice! today was my first time on the water since april, and it went well, but I need to be astounding on Saturday so that I can get the spot I want. I don't know much about this other cox, and I don't really want to--I just want to be the best I can be.

Please give me some ideas of things you typically say during seat races (but i dont know these rowers, and I'll be in a bow-loader, so I won't get to talk to them much about specifics). anything i should really try to feel for, listen for, say in particular? i have also never coxed a seat race, because the last time my team did it they used straight 4-s.

please advise!


Calls [09 Sep 2005|08:33pm]

[ mood | determined ]

What call(s) really gives you or your boat a boost during a Head Race? Anything in particular?

(10 strokes--row!)

Question [01 Sep 2005|06:19pm]

Next Wednesday, I begin coxing for a very competitive club's women's sweep team. Naturally, I'm nervous and excited.

I have a question for any rowers/coxswains.

When you have a new coxswain show up at your club, what do you want from him/her on the first few days/weeks? What things do you look for?


x-posted to theboathouse & coxbox


Lake Merritt Sprints [12 Aug 2005|03:02pm]

Is anyone going to Lake Merritt Sprints next weekend?
Can anyone give me any info about the course, or anything you think I'd need to be aware of! Thanks much appreciated!

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