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Video of the Week: 48spm

2015-05-11 00:05
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If you thought Princeton’s sprint vs. Brown last weekend was sick, wait til you see FIT’s sprint vs. Michigan in the last 10 strokes of the MV8+ finals at Dad Vails this past Saturday.

If you haven’t seen the Princeton-Brown video, check it out here. Fast forward to the 1:09:27 mark for the start of the race and the 1:14:00 mark for the sprint (and the commentary, which is hilarious).

Filed under: College, Racing, Rowing, Video of the Week Tagged: dad vail, FIT, florida tech, racing, rowing, sprint, university of michigan

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Olympic Rowing could be delayed

2015-05-08 19:30
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The head of rowing's governing body says races at next year's Olympics could be delayed because of severe water pollution at the venue.In an interview with The Associated Press, World Rowing Federation executive director Matt Smith...

International test awaits GB Rowing Team at Munich Junior Regatta

2015-05-08 10:42
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The GB Rowing Team is taking a squad of 31 junior rowers to Germany this weekend to compete in the annual Munich Junior International Regatta.

The British crews will be in action on both Saturday and Sunday in a regatta featuring nearly 2,000 young rowers from Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Tunisia and Japan.

Racing starts at 8am BST on Saturday and 7.15am BST on Sunday, with live results available at


GB Rowing Team for the Munich Junior Regatta, May 9-10

Junior Women – Scull

Sally Downing (York City RC)
Susannah Duncan (Tideway Scullers School)
Kyra Edwards (Nottingham RC)
Molly Harding (Marlow RC)
Anna Thornton (Nottingham RC)
Ros Wilson (Marlow RC)

Junior Women – Sweep

Georgina Grant (Bewl Bridge RC)
Megan Slabbert (Molesey BC)
Alex Slabbert (Molesey BC)
Zoe Taylor (Reading RC)

Junior Men – Sculling

Josh Armstrong (Glasgow Academy)
Gavin Horsburgh (Glasgow Academy)
Chris Lawrie (Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School BC)
George Lawton (Northwich RC)
Sam Meijer (Westminster School BC)
Scott Ozsanlav-Harris (Grange School RC)

Junior Men – Sweep
David Ambler (St Pauls School BC)
Alex Balgarnie (Westminster School BC)
Seb Benzecry (St Pauls School BC)
Oscar Bird (Thames RC)
Freddie Davidson (St Pauls School BC)
Tom Digby (Abingdon)
Gregor Duncan (Aberdeen)
Marco Hughes (St Pauls School BC)
Alfred Jacquemot (St Pauls School BC)
Jonathan Naylor (Canford School BC)
Alex Slater (King's School Chester RC)
Oswald Stocker (Westminster School BC)
Luke Towers (Pangbourne College BC)
Tom Yates (Latymer Upper School BC)

Junior Men – Cox

Hugo Marsh (St Edwards School BC)

Baking for race day – chocolate beetroot brownies #doyouevensift

2015-05-08 09:45
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Chocolate beetroot brownies, hand-made by Girl on the River

I can’t deny I make sacrifices for my readers. I like to go the extra mile. Which is why, in a supremely self-sacrificial gesture, I have forced myself to make and eat a batch of chocolate brownies, just so you didn’t have to. I know, I know, it’s crazy, but that’s the kind of girl I am.

Now, our Monmouth women’s squad takes race day seriously. We have email threads running to many hundreds of emails on the subject of what to wear both on and off the water and when travelling (I’m actually not exaggerating here). But far more detailed are our food plans. These are planned in meticulous detail. Race day food matters, after all. Get it right and you feel like you’ve got wind in your sails. Get it wrong and you’ll feel like you’ve got wind somewhere else altogether.

So… back to the brownies. These ones are extra-special because they’ve got beetroot in them, and if that makes you feel queasy, hear me out. You can’t actually taste the beetroot in them and there is method in my madness.

There is this much beetroot in one batch of 16 brownies.

Beetroots are just the business. They contain potassium, magnesium, iron and folic acid as well as vitamins A, B6 and C (besides carbs, protein and antioxidants). If that’s not enough, they might even improve your performance – research from the University of Exeter suggests that beetroot juice improves endurance, helping you exercise for up to 16% longer. The reason is thought to be the nitrates in beetroot; the researchers think it affects oxygen uptake in the body.

There’s another good reason to include beetroot in your brownie. The beetroot replaces a lot of the fat – the usual amount in a recipe like this would be 250g rather than 100g – so they are much lower in fat than your average brownie. As the body diverts energy and blood to processing fats, you don’t want to load up on fats before you race (seriously, step away from the burger van).

In the interests of testing them out (I told you I was a martyr to my readers) I even tried one of them out a few hours before a particularly nasty sprint session and can confirm that it was pure rocket fuel. My husband, who is equally altruistic, had one-and-a-half of the beauties at lunchtime and put in a PB on a run later in the afternoon.

Still good close up

Aside from the beetroot, it’s a pretty traditional recipe and the result is a brownie with just enough goo without being sickly. And yes, that is cayenne pepper. It’s optional, but it gives it a nice little kick.

The rest of the ingredients

So, enough already. Here’s the recipe. Oh, and if you read to the end, there’s even a picture of what my kitchen really looks like. Hey, you didn’t think I was that tidy and stylish all the time? I spend my spare time rowing, not cleaning.

Chocolate beetroot brownies

Note: this is an amalgamation of various recipes. You can play around with it, to taste.


  • 150g plain flour
  • 250g cooked beetroot, drained (you can roast your own, raw beetroot if you’re feeling keen. I bought mine ready-cooked from Lidl)
  • 250g dark chocolate (preferably min. 70% cocoa solids)
  • 250g light brown sugar (if you want to use ordinary caster sugar, knock yourself out. It’s really fine)
  • 100g butter, plus extra for greasing the tin (I told you it wasn’t much)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Up to 1 tsp cayenne pepper (I used slightly less)


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (180 if it’s a fan oven). Grease and line a baking tin. Mine was about 23cm x 26cm – a bit smaller would be fine. I wouldn’t go any bigger.
  2. Puree the beetroot in a food processor until it’s smooth. This takes a a little while – be patient or you’ll end up with tiny chunks of beetroot in your brownie. Even I wouldn’t like that.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. You can do this in the microwave too, apparently, but I haven’t tried it.
  4. Add chocolate mixture to the beetroot and pulse a few times. Crack in the eggs, pulse again, and add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and cayenne pepper. Whizz until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Pour into the baking tin and put in the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes, but check from 20-25. You want it to be set on top, but if you like it nice and squidgy you don’t want to overdo it. If you stick in a skewer you want it to come out clean-ish.
  6. Allow to cool completely in the tin.
  7. When it’s cold, cut into 16 pieces. Do not eat all at once.

And finally, as promised… so you don’t imagine I’ve really gone all food-blogger on you…

OK, I’m quite ashamed.

Tweet me with other ideas for race day baking. As I say, I’ll even eat cake for you.

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High Winds at Wallingford Regatta

2015-05-08 09:23
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Wallingford Regatta became the latest event to fall foul of inclement weather as most of the afternoon's finals were cancelled as a result of high winds. Despite a smooth morning division which saw a rare guest appearance from the sun, the committee were forced to decide the winners of the majority of the afternoons racing through time trials or results from heats.

On a day which hosted a spectrum of racing conditions, from a cutting cross-wind to bright sunshine, many of the top clubs and schools from around the UK took to Dorney Lake to gauge early season speed. Twenty three crews from the School's Rowing Association of South Africa also made the trip to compete with the best domestic junior crews. With the National Schools' Regatta only three weeks away, the junior events were a real spectacle to watch; the Junior A Eight heats saw some of the fastest times of the day. 

Thames Rowing Club were victorious in Men's Challenge Eights and Women's Challenge Eights, a remarkable feat which bodes well for Henley Royal Regatta preparation. In the latter, the Putney based club were winners in a straight final that contained three junior crews while the men, who took the Vernon Pennant at the Head of the River Race in March, beat a Leander development crew by nine seconds to claim the win. Ben Lewis, head coach at Thames Rowing Club, was satisfied with the days work. 'It was a good start to the racing season following a few pennants and good strength in depth at the Head of the River' said Lewis. 'The most pleasing aspect was probably the women's pairs and Challenge Eight, who showed a good step on from the Head'.

With many of the student crews racing at Nottingham for the BUCS Regatta, the path was left clear for clubs and schools. However, a crew from Oxford Brookes raced in Challenge Coxless Fours and were the second fastest qualifiers into a final which was unfortunately cancelled.

It was also a good day for Molesey Boat Club, who had an astonishing five crews qualify for a six boat final in Challenge Coxless Pairs. They also finished second and third in the women's equivalent, capping off a good day for the club. 

Rachel Haycock, entries secretary for the regatta, was keen to highlight the important role played by clubs and schools in building the image of the event. 'I think it's very important that we not only attract clubs from the top end of the spectrum but also from around the country. We also have a lot of schools and the regatta represents one of the only opportunities to race multi-lane before the National Schools'. 

Speaking about the role of club members in staging the regatta, Haycock said that the regatta comes before racing. 'Wallingford Regatta, for Wallingford members, is all about putting on a great event; racing comes second. We have put out a few crews through the squads, but most of the members are busy helping out through the day so are not at their freshest when they come to sit in a boat'.

Full results can be found here.

By Tom Morgan.

Rowing: Big year ahead for Taylor and Cohen

2015-05-08 01:45
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Other crews might argue it, but there is a good case that lightweight scullers Peter Taylor and Hayden Cohen have the stiffest challenge among New Zealand's elite rowers this year.Taylor is an old hand on the international stage,...

Music to erg to, pt. 89

2015-05-08 00:05
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We’re in Philly racing at Dad Vails with the four today and tomorrow – good luck to everyone else that’s here too! Here’s to fast water and none of the rain they had last year. :-)

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Tremendous table tennis, speedway skills and amateur driving spills | Classic YouTube

2015-05-07 05:00
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This week’s round-up also features a goalkeeping disaster, rowing chaos, some rugby league brilliance and sucking the joy out of commentating

1) Ma Long and Fang Bo go all-out in one of the great table tennis points at the final of the World Championships – and it gave Fang Bo a championship point, too. The full match is here.

2) Like a real-life Wacky Races, here’s

amateur hour
, Performance Car Day at Castle Combe racetrack.

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Best Rowing Drills: Five Favorites of Olympic Champion Esther Lofgren

2015-05-06 17:30
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Lofgren training in the single (Photo courtesy of Esther Lofgren)

Olympic gold medalist Esther Lofgren is no stranger to success on the water. In addition to her podium-topping performance with the U.S. women's eight in London, Lofgren also won two world titles (2010, 2011), with her first...

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How to raise a sports champion - Too much time spent on sport?

2015-05-06 13:00
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In the months leading up to the Maadi Cup regatta, those in Westlake Girls' High School's under-18 rowing programme can expect to be training 17-20 hours per week in order to stay competitive.Their week will consist of:-Five two-hour...

Tough Competition at BUCS Regatta

2015-05-06 09:56
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A record breaking 1099 crews from 68 Universities entered the 2015 BUCS Regatta, with the trophy for the overall winner changing hands once again. 

The event began with all crews competing a time trial in the morning and moved on to side-by-side racing in the afternoon. The forecast on Sunday required a change to the format, where eight scheduled races had to be abandoned, although all A and B finals ran successfully. 

A dominating performance from Cambridge in the women's championship eights saw them lead the competition from Newcastle by over 7 seconds. The club were also successful in the women's beginner 8s taking gold by 12 seconds, with Newcastle once again taking the silver medal. Rob Baker, chief coach at CUWBC said “winning the championship eights by 7 seconds and the championship coxed four by 14 seconds were the highlight results out of many medal boats. For our athletes to be racing against all the other UK Universities is great experience and winning is a habit we are keen to get used to.”

In the men's championship eights, Oxford Brookes led the race from the start, completing the course in a blistering time of 5:39.88, with their crews also taking gold and silver in the men’s intermediate eights. The 'A final' of the beginner eights provided one of the most exciting races of the event with the top 4 crews finishing with overlap between them. Birmingham took the gold with Queen's Belfast in second and Newcastle in third. 

Reading showed their form in the sculling events winning both of the championship quad events. The men's crew featured World bronze and European silver medallist Adam Freeman-Pask who said:

"I did my first BUCS (known as BUSA back then) in 2005, I never thought I'd be back 10 years later! But I'm glad to have competed, BUCS has now developed into a huge regatta with a great atmosphere, exciting racing and slick organisation"

"In terms of races to watch per minute BUCS is better than a lot of the big international competitions, plus there is the added bonus of regular capsizes and boat stopping crabs. Be it a beginner eight E final or a championship eight A final, the layout of the regatta made ever race just as exciting to watch, let alone race in!"

In the lightweight sculling events, Durham took the honours in both the men's and women's quads. The win for the women on the Monday was the end of an extremely successful weekend for Katy Denham and Mimi Carlton who between them picked up 2 golds, 5 silvers and 1 bronze medal. 

There was also exciting racing in the single sculls events. In the championship categories, Cardiff's Tom Barras took the honours in the men's event and Imperial's Mel Wilson won the women's event. Emma McDonald from Glasgow saw off competition from Scottish rival Maddie Arlett from Edinburgh in the lightweight women's singles whilst Manchester's Peter Zelinka maintained the title which Zak Lee-Green won for the club in 2014. 

The Regatta now offers three trophies for overall team points. These are broken down into awards for highest points in the men's and women’s events, and the overall victor ludorum. The men's trophy was awarded to Newcastle University, with Edinburgh just 30 points behind and their haul of 4 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes demonstrated to all that they are on the rise.

The women's trophy was presented to Durham who finished a staggering 197 points ahead of Cambridge, and the suspense was mounting as to who won the overall VL when the Durham girls were asked to remain on the presentation stage. Imperial were in third place, Newcastle in second and Durham regained the overall trophy with 1047 points, also topping the medals table with 8 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze. After the presentation, club President Jamie Styles said:

"We had an incredible weekend, with our athletes topping the medal table and winning both the women's and overall VL. There were excellent results across both sculling and sweep, including stand-out performances by the lightweights.

It was great to see such good performances from 'Team North' with Newcastle taking the men's VL and Edinburgh fielding a lot of strong crews."

Full results from the event are now available here

Photos above from Rowing Photography here.

Report by James Lee.

26th World Pilot Gig Championships

2015-05-05 08:48
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Last weekend, the 26th World Pilot Gig Championships took place on the Isles of Scilly. The weekend kicked off with the Vets & Supervets racing on Friday evening in white water conditions and poor visibility. Newquay in Spy dominated the ladies race to claim the Vets champions title whilst Teign ladies won the Supervets (over 50’s) category.  Roseland took 1st place Men’s Supervets in Polvarth and the reigning men’s Supervets Falmouth crew successfully defended their title in Governor. 

In the main racing, Falmouth men’s A dominated their heats whilst Roseland, Newquay and St Mary's ladies seemed to be taking turns at winning, leaving the final result still looking excitingly unpredictable. By Sunday afternoon the wind and sea conditions were rougher than they had been for many years with some novice crews taking up to 40 minutes to row the usually 12-20 minute 1.18 nautical mile course.  

A dramatic ladies final saw Newquay in Spy out in front, fighting off the formidable St Mary's crew in Tregarthans. In the mayhem the Islander’s bow crashed into the stern of Spy, knocking the rudder out.  Despite the chaotic sea state, Newquay Cox Nick George somehow managed to re-attach the rudder, whilst the Tregarthans made a huge gutsy push to overtake. The Newquay girls rowed with incredible focus, clinging to their lead right until the last second where the two boats appeared to cross the line together. After an anxious ten minute wait for the finish line video footage to be examined Tregarthans were declared the winners by an inch – only to be heartbreakingly disqualified an hour later for causing collision. The Chairman of the Championships committee Rick Persich said "it was a tough decision, but a fair one. In those rough conditions, if you steer that close to another boat, you take that risk, the rules are clear". With so much at stake for these rowers who are investing ever increasing amounts of money and time into training for this event, Rick noted that the committee will gladly welcome any affordable suggestions to help keep race marshalling in bad weather as fair and open as possible such as gps tracking and on-board filming.

The men's final was equally as exciting with Irene and Talisman flying off the start until Falmouth A in Black Rock remarkably powered through them half way along. Falmouth champion rower Jamie Maxted says it was the worst conditions he had ever raced in at Scilly, "all that time we spent training to keep the boat running smoothly went out the window, it was just a fight to find water". 

Photos and more news of the weekend’s spectacular racing can be seen here.  

Photos by Mel Williams and Toby Weller

By Mel Williams

Girl on the River’s international boat club awards

2015-05-05 05:36
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Just another day in the office.

For the last week I’ve been making everyone hate me with photos of my rowing trip to Bellagio, and I couldn’t blame you for being green with envy. I won’t be blogging about this trip as I’m writing it up for everyone’s favourite magazine, Rowing & Regatta, so don’t forget to look out for my article later in the summer. There will also – eventually – be GoPro footage to drool over once I’ve got around to editing it (OK, when my son has finished his GCSEs and can edit it for me…) and I promise to let you know about that when it’s done.

In the meantime, though, there is one bit of my trip that I can share with you. On my travels I got the chance to look around some pretty amazing rowing clubs (purely in the interests of journalistic research, you understand, and not in any way out of nosiness). They made quite an impression on me, so here are my very own international boat club awards.

Best view – Unione Sportiva Bellagina (USB)

This was our host club in Bellagio. Now, I know I’m on record as saying I’ve never rowed anywhere prettier than the River Wye, but I have to say USB is such a strong contender I fear it may have knocked lovely Monmouth into second place. So yes, we may have trees and kingfishers and ducklings and cygnets and lambs, but it’s hard to compete with snow-capped mountains and Italian villas.

This doesn’t even do it justice…

Still beautiful looking the other way…

USB also earns itself a second title, for best stash (and most generous gifts). How many clubs have keyrings made from Murano glass, or excellent, multi-pocketed bum-bags (or fanny-packs, as our American friends hilariously insist on calling them…) with the club crest on them? Thank you so much, USB – much appreciated. And Monmouth, seriously, we need to step up our stash.

Better than a T-shirt…

Cleanest boat house – Società Cannottieri Ceresio

This prize, you may not be surprised to learn, goes to a club in Switzerland, on Lake Lugano. Step on to the podium Società Cannottieri Ceresio. It is almost unnervingly immaculate. There is not a rigger out of line or a speck of dust to be seen. No bucket of mis-matched, leaking wellies. No box containing random “boat bits”. No pile of seats that have mislaid their boat. Just rows and rows of gleaming boats and a floor you could eat your dinner off. Wow.


Coolest boat – Cannottieri Gavirate

Cannottieri Gavirate on Lake Varese might pride itself on hosting international events such as the International Para-rowing Regatta. Or on having amazing equipment and a tank to die for. Or on having racing lanes framed by a picture-perfect view. And yes, it really does have all of those things.

But for me, what really stood out at Gavirate was the coolest boat I’ve ever seen. Forget your Empachers and your Hudsons. This is the ride I’d like to be seen out in.

Pimp my ride

Swankiest facilities – Cannottieri Lario

I don’t even know where to start with this club on Lake Como. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise to find that a club in a town that attracts the likes of George Clooney is well-equipped, but nothing prepared me for the level of swank on display here. As we stepped into the marble-floored club room, the first thing we noticed was the double cabinet full of the most extraordinary trophies. I thought Monmouth’s assortment of giant cups was impressive, but these are of a different order…

This is just half of the trophy cabinet…

Better than a pot.

Then there’s the tank (at this point words were starting to fail me)…

Just wow

The gym…

So nice it almost makes me want to do an erg. Almost.

The diving board…

Of course there’s a diving board. There’s a lake, isn’t there?

The swimming pool…

Fancy a dip?

And the sun terrace…

Instant coffee in the club bar will never be the same again…

Best of all, though, was the picture of past club members, which puts my club’s 1980s pics of girls-in-giant-pants completely in the shade…

Blades of glory

As I say, speechless.

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Video(s) Of The Week: Texas Takes on San Diego, Cornell Lightweights Dominate Dartmouth

2015-05-04 15:54
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Texas Rowing's Dave O'Neill on the cover of a recent issue of ROWING Magazine

This week's double feature combines two separate dual meets. The first took place in Austin, Texas, where the Longhorns took on the University of San Diego, and the results were another feather in Dave O'Neill's already...

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Video of the Week: Visualizing the perfect race, pt. 2

2015-05-04 00:05
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I don’t always agree with Mary Whipple when it comes to coxing but one thing that we do have in common is how we look at our races. When I watched this video before the London Olympics I remember being surprised because the calm before the storm that she mentioned, the tension, the start and settle … those are some of my favorite parts of the race. My mind is a battlefield in the seconds leading up to the flag drop but as soon as the starter says “go!” a switch flips and I’m in this weird limbo of total peace and absolute chaos. I love it. Spending time separating myself from whatever’s going on around me and visualizing the race throughout the week was always a really important part of my own personal race prep and it’s definitely something I recommend to other coxswains as well. The better you are at seeing your race plan in your head, knowing what you want to say, and what you want to happen, the better you’ll be able to execute it and the more confident you’ll be as you do it.

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Flashback Friday (on a Sunday): April 26th – May 2nd

2015-05-03 23:40
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QOTD: Hi. I’ve been coxing for my high school rowing team for about a year now and unfortunately I’m 5’8″ and 134lb but I fit in the coxing area easily. I’m very scared though because I really love coxing and I want to continue to do it in college but I’m afraid I won’t be able to get very far with it due to my weight and height. I’m a sophomore in high school and I just want to know if there was a way I could still competitively cox in college or should I give up because my size stops me?

QOTD: Hi! I’m a Novice Coxswain (who use to be a varsity rower until I told my coach I wanted to cox cause I’m 5’0″) and I cox a men’s Novice 8 (I’m a girl) . Lately they’ve been disrespecting me and ignoring my commands. I’ve told the coaches and other coxswains (we are a small team and only have 5 coxswains) and my coaches always remind everyone to “respect your coxswains or you’ll be kicked off the team” besides them being mean and rude to me. We haven’t won a race all season and they are starting to blame me – but I feel like it’s not really my fault much? And last regatta my stroke seat hurt his arm picking up the boat at the regatta and according to a friend of mine they were all blaming me for him hurting his arm. They also got mad at me for saying “C’mon I’ve seen you row harder!” which I understand but they were getting up on me for ‘hurting their feelings’ (like them harassing me and picking on me isn’t hurting mine??). Not only that but another coxswain who had to cox them while I was out said meaner things to them and the same exact thing – but they never got mad at her and I think it’s because she flirts with them and stuff. At this point I don’t know what to do and I love the varsity rowers so much but I’m thinking about retiring early this season so I don’t have to deal with them…

QOTD: So, I have been coxing for two years, and really enjoy races. However as it’s regatta season coming up, I need a bit of advice on races… How much do you want to be talking in races? My rowers said they want me talking constantly, but my coach advised not to because the rowers usually end up blocking it out. Also, do you have any calls you find really motivate your crew? I don’t want to just be reciting calls without them meaning anything but then I don’t know what to fill the gaps with. We have had loads of really successful coxes from our club so I’m under lots of pressure to be good! :/ Also, sorry I know this is a lot, but I am 5’3″ and weigh 105lbs, is this too big or heavy for a junior 14s coxie? Thanks a bunch, love this blog!

QOTD: Our team has gotten really close these past couple weeks and I’m really going to miss everyone who is leaving next year. What is the best way to bond with my team before the end of the season?

VOTW: Another “Ignatius, stop rowing” wannabe…

Coxswain “appreciation” week…


Graduation gifts for rowers and coxswains…

QOTD: I have coxed for two seasons for my school and I am the most experienced cox and we have no novice coxes. I am 5’5 and 110lb but my coach thinks I am to tall and heavy to cox? Am I? I still fit in the cox’s seat and have room to spare! Me and my crew have just recently won the champs, they wouldn’t have done it without me, and they all say they would rather have a cox a couple of pounds over than a useless cox, but I don’t think my coach thinks that. I really want to cox but I still have 6 months till the next regatta! How can I convince my coach that I can still cox and want to? I can’t let my crew have a novice cox as they all want to win next season!!!

QOTD: I’m a HS varsity men’s coxswain, but our club spends a lot of time sculling in quads and rowing small boats. As a result, I spend a lot of time sitting on the launch. However, I don’t exactly know what the best way to make use of that time is. Usually I just watch the rowers quietly and mention the occasional technique mistake if I don’t think my coach sees it, but I’m not really sure what the protocol is. Should I tell the rowers directly if I’m seeing something off? Should I try to talk to my coach about what lineups I think are working and what aren’t (he very occasionally asks my opinion on who should get seat raced and stuff like that)? Or is it better to just watch and note what’s going on so I can use it when we do row coxed boats?

Music to erg to, pt. 37 Def Leppard, M83, Bassnectar, Queen, Ellie Goulding, The White Stripes, etc.

QOTD: So due to a bunch of injuries a girl from the boat below us got moved up to our boat for the time being. Well another girl in the boat above us is now injured, and so they need to pull someone from our boat for the next race, and our coach said it will be our other port, the girl from the boat below us who is only with us for the time being. I swear I literally harbor 0 bad feelings or jealously for her, I just have to wonder from a coaching standpoint why they would make this choice. Thanks!

Rowing Blisters 101 This is one of the most popular non-coxswain specific posts on the blog with just shy of 30,000 hits.

QOTD: How do coxswains come up with a “signature call?” Any tips? Do you have one?

QOTD: What do coxswain seat races entail?

QOTD: I’m a varsity coxswain for my high school team and we have 4 coxswains and 3 boats to race, so the younger girls are in competition for the 3rd seat. For the last 4 races, I won the “coxswain seat race” and raced the important ones. Today she coxed at an unimportant medals race and I was given the important one for next week and I’m so nervous and I know I’ll cox well but I need the boat to move faster then it ever has before so that it’ll guarantee I get to cox at Mid-Atlantics and Stotes –  HELP.

QOTD: What do you usually bring in the boat with you? It’s hard to bring a backpack when you’re in a bowloader and you can barely move your arms…

QOTD: I need advice. I am a novice coxswain for my school’s rowing team, but apparently the captains think I have a natural talent for it so I am not that bad. The boy’s first boat have expressed interest in having me as their coxswain next year, and I’m really happy about that. However, I am studying abroad for 3 months in the fall, and will not be able to cox during fall season. Do you think that will be a contributing factor in choosing me over other coxswains for the spring?

QOTD: So I’ve been rowing for 6 months now and I work really hard and do extra coaching sessions and am super passionate about it, but I feel as though I’ve recently stopped improving. Is it normal to plateau for a while in terms of your rate of improvement with rowing? Also, when rowing a double scull what does each seat mean? I was put in bow seat. Thanks!

QOTD: Any tips on switching from a super-stable-meant-for-beginners double to an actual racing double for the first time?

QOTD: Hi! So I had SAT practice on Mondays and this season we got a new coach. New assigned seats to us on a Monday and I wasn’t there to tell him I usually row in the stern. Now I’m always stuck somewhere in the bow. He’s a new coach so I don’t want to come off as though I’m complaining…what should I do because I don’t really feel comfortable rowing in the bow. My form and strength is so much better when I am either 7 or 5 seat.

QOTD: Should I make corrections to my point (using bow pair) while the coach is speaking? I always feel rude but the boat sometimes drifts off!

QOTD: In a week’s time I have my first (of three) 2km scull and 2km ergo trials. I’m really nervous about the scull because I only just got off floaties (floats that sit under the oar gates for stability) and now every stroke at the finish I’m having a lot of trouble getting my blades out cleanly and together. Like my left is always on time and clean but my right always lags and such gets a bit stuck? How do I combat this?

VOTW: An OUBC Love Story…

QOTD: Do you know how to get over mental blocks? I am terrified of flipping my single (mainly because I’m scared that I’ll get stuck in the foot stretchers or under water somehow even though I know that isn’t likely at all) and every time I train or race in it I can’t get past the fear and I feel I don’t row/race to my full potential because of it.

QOTD: Tips on how to correct posture while rowing? Apparently I slouch a lot around the catch!

QOTD: As a novice coxswain, I find it hard to ask for more of the rowers. I feel like I can’t push them other than asking them to stay at their stroke rate. All I say is, “great job,” “beautiful” “catch them” and other things about proving ourselves. How can I remedy this?

Navigating the Charles River…

QOTD: I’m the coxswain who doesn’t push her rowers. I think the reason I can’t say what I would like to say is my rowers don’t exactly like me because I am a goody two-shoes. Whenever I tell them in practice (races are different) that they should push themselves for these ten strokes or don’t get lazy on me, power through it, they tell me that I have no idea what they’re going through and I can’t say anything because I’m not doing anything.

QOTD: On my 2K yesterday I did really bad (10 seconds above my PR) and this was for state lineups…we have a chance to re-do them but what if I do worse? Any advice for how to prepare would be great (especially mentally preparing)?

Blood in the Water Mike Teti is awesome. That’s really all you need to know.


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Music to erg to, pt. 88

2015-05-03 22:32
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Hi everyone! Sorry this is a few days late – I didn’t anticipate the complete lack of cell service when we were in Wisconsin this weekend so posting this and Friday’s FBF from my phone/iPad ended up not being a possibility. If you ever find yourself in Baraboo, WI and you have AT&T or Sprint, be prepared to be totally cut off from the rest of civilization for the duration of your stay. Despite that first world problem we had a good trip though. Racing wise, the eight split their two races (beating Georgetown but losing to Wisco) and our four unfortunately fell short and finished 5th in their race against MSOE and three Wisco crews. The four has some work to do before Dad Vails this weekend (hopefully I’ll see some of you there!) but the eight has the weekend off so they’ll be able to get in some extra practice and rest before heading off to Eastern Sprints the following weekend. The next few weeks are definitely going to be a whirlwind…

And on that note, my inbox is out. of. control. right now since I wasn’t able to answer any of the emails I got towards the end of last week so if you emailed me or messaged me on Tumblr, a reply is coming … slowly but surely. I’m hoping to tackle some emails tomorrow and answer the questions from Tumblr and the comments on here on Tuesday. Pro tip though for the next few weeks though – if you have questions about racing (as in for your races that weekend) try to email me no later than Tuesday or Wednesday. I know questions pop up at the last minute but when I was reading my emails this afternoon I saw that I missed at least two that were sent while we were traveling that had questions related to racing on Saturday. I hate to leave you guys hanging so just keep that in mind as we start to wrap up the spring season.

Master List

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Rowing: Back to business for Rio

2015-05-02 13:00
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Two years ago, rower George Bridgewater tweeted: "Today I quit my office chair to go back to a seat the size of an exercise book. 2yrs till Rio. Nervous as hell, but got to scratch the itch."The 32-year-old has completed the maiden...

Rowing: Crew aiming to be first women's eight to make it to Rio

2015-05-01 13:00
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It is tempting to channel a touch of Captain James T. Kirk and the USS Enterprise when considering the task ahead of New Zealand's women's eight in the coming year.Just as that space ship aimed to go where none had previously ventured,...

Video: The Sinkovic Brothers on Training Camp in Pisa, via Herows

2015-04-29 16:55
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Gold Brothers: The latest feature from 
The website (a growing resource for elite-level rowing videos) has recently released another feature (below), this one on Martin and Valent Sinkovic's training camp experience in Pisa, Italy. In addition to a host of on-the-water...

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