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Hat-trick for Thames Upriver at JIRR

2015-04-29 07:33
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Despite tricky conditions, the 2015 Junior Inter-Regional Regatta provided a spectacle of racing for over 900 junior rowers from around the country on Saturday.

Thames Upriver won the overall trophy for the third consecutive year, winning both the boys’ and girls’ events.

After receiving the Di Ellis Shield, the Team Manager Laura Lion said: “Thames Upriver is lucky to have such talented, committed and hardworking juniors. They excelled themselves again this year. I am very proud to be their team manager.”

Over 100 schools and junior clubs formed the 12 regional teams to contest the 24 different categories for 14-16 year olds. Competitors all got two side-by-side races with the results from the morning racing being used to seed crews into A and B finals ensuring close and exciting racing. The format of the competition allocates points to all finishing crews with the highest placed crews contributing the most points towards their regional total. 

Medals were spread well across the regional teams with all 12 of the regions appearing on the medal pontoon at least once. 

In the boys’ races, Winchester College, representing the Wessex region showed their form in the J16 eights, beating Norwich School from the Eastern region by just under eight seconds. There was also exciting racing in the J16 coxed four where the three medallists crossed the line overlapping with Northwich Rowing Club from the North West taking the gold. 

North West were runners up in the girls’ events with 101 points accrued from their one gold, one silver and four bronze medals. All four of the WJ15 events were won by Henley Rowing Club representing Thames Upriver. The club also won gold in the WJ16 eights and the WJ16 quads, contributing to the dominating performance of the region to take the girls’ trophy. 

In the J16 events, the Eastern region took gold in the coxless four (Bedford Modern School) and the double scull (St Neots/Star composite).

Summing up the day, Regatta Chairman Martin Humphrys said: “We were delighted that despite the gloomy weather predictions once again we were able to have an excellent day’s racing with all of the regions working hard to produce some very close races. 

“As the first regatta of the season the Junior Inter-Regionals are a great start and we are very grateful to everyone involved within the regions for the time and commitment they make in ensuring we have a great day!”

Full results from the event are now available here.

Photos from Rowing Photography available here.

Report by James Lee

The 2015 WIRA Championships: UC Irvine, Stanford Top Varsity Fields

2015-04-28 22:02
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UC Irvine launches for the final (Photo courtesy of A.J. Brooks)

The UC Irvine men and Stanford women continued their recent run of success at WIRAs over the weekend, with the Anteaters taking first place in the men's varsity eight (just as they did in 2013), while the Cardinal swept all three...

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RowingRelated Rankings: The Top Teams to Watch at the Junior Level in 2015

2015-04-28 19:07
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RR junior rowing rankings

Here at RowingRelated, we're all about knowledge. And, what better way to put a little of it to use than to make some brash picks and predictions? So, for the first time, we're putting together the official RR rankings for junior men's and women's rowing programs,...

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The One I Didn’t Want to Write

2015-04-27 21:09
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I don’t want to write this post.  I don’t want to, and I haven’t wanted to since NSR 1 finished up on Saturday morning.  I’ve had a lot of dark […]

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Video(s) Of The Week: Washington Welcomes Kiwi Men's Eight to the Huskies' Garage

2015-04-27 18:28
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This week's video is a one-on-one, in-depth interview with Washington Husky men's coach Mike Callahan thanks to Kevin Shoop, and discusses the culture that Callahan and staff have created within the confines of the Conibear Shellhouse. More than that, it provides a context for what has been the...

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Olympian Zac Purchase Live-Tweeted His Experience of Running the 2015 London Marathon

2015-04-27 18:11
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London, looking east from Waterloo Bridge (Photo: B. Kitch)

The London Marathon took place last Saturday, and there were more than a few rowers involved. The most notable result for an ex-GB oarsman was the very impressive 2:50 posted by James Cracknell, but a tip of the cap also goes to 2008...

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PLA Tidal Thames Vision Project

2015-04-27 11:48
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The Port of London Authority has recently launched a 12-month project to develop a vision for the tidal Thames. 

Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive of the PLA, is confident that there is untapped potential for growth in trade, travel, leisure and sport, whilst enhancing the river environment.  The plan is to develop a Vision for the Thames for the next 20 years; clarifying collective ambitions, identifying opportunities and constraints, and informing everyone about the river’s true potential.

British Rowing has responded to the PLA’s initial call for evidence to shape the agenda for discussions about the river’s development by inviting some of the key stakeholders in rowing on Tideway to attend a meeting on Tuesday 28th April. 

The Regional representatives from Thames London and Thames South East have all been invited and so you could pass on comments directly to them, contact details here.

The PLA is inviting responses to the following questions:

  • What do you value most about the tidal River Thames?
  • What are your top three priorities for the future of the tidal River Thames?
  • What would you like the PLA to be doing for the tidal River Thames?

Alternatively you can respond via the Have Your Say’ form on the Vision part of the PLA website. Feedback will help shape the agenda for a series of public open forum sessions and other stakeholder events and the deadline for the first response is 6th May. More information about a session to be held at London Rowing Club on 14th May here.  

Your input does not have to be restricted to answering the questions above, but addressing those questions in your response will be helpful. 

There is more information about the project on the PLA website

My life in a bucket list

2015-04-27 07:00
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By the time you read this I’ll be on my way to Italy, combining my all-time favourite activity – summer rowing – with visiting Lake Como, a place I’ve longed to visit for as long as I can remember. It seems apt, then, that Transun have invited me to come up with my three top bucket list destinations as part of their Northern Lights competition, the prize for which is a trip to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights.

Unusually for someone who does a fair bit of travel writing, I’m not a great fan of travel for travel’s sake. Wanderlust may sound cool, and it makes for awesome Instagramming, but mindless gallivanting isn’t good for our amazing planet. If I’m going somewhere there has to be a good reason – something that gets my heart beating a little faster. So I’ve chosen my top three destinations because they all mean something special to me – in fact you could say they they tell my life story (bits of it, anyway) in little snapshots. The thought of these places might even make me well up a little, but we’ll keep that to ourselves, shall we?

1. Scandinavia dreamin’

Travel can be just as much about the people as the places, which is why Scandinavia is first on my list. When I left school at the tender age of 17, I headed to Spain where I spent three months “studying”. In reality, I spent three months hanging out in grungy student cafes and bars with three brand new friends – one Swedish, one Danish and one Norwegian. I was totally in awe of their Scandi cool, with their artfully-draped scarves, their effortlessly multi-lingual conversation and their laid-back attitude.

Good times

Luckily, they didn’t seem to notice how deeply unhip I was and before long we became such close friends that I was pronounced an honorary Scandinavian – an achievement so great it merited an entry in my diary (and no, you can’t see any more of it – most of it is utterly cringe-worthy). I even learned a handy set of Swedish words and phrases, ready for the round trip to all three of their homelands that I was so sure I’d soon be making.

Becoming an honorary Scandinavian.

Such high hopes. But life got in the way, we drifted apart, and somehow I never made it to Scandinavia. I’d have been so sad if I’d known that all these years later I still hadn’t made that trip (or practised my Swedish).

And yet… writing this post prompted me to do a bit of long-overdue sleuth-work. So much so that this week I finally tracked down Swedish Martina, still as cool as ever and living in Amsterdam. So I’m part of the way to my happy ending, but there’s still the small matter of that trip.

Why have I not been here. Seriously, WHY?
Image by Tomas Sereda

If that weren’t reason enough to visit, there’s the fact that Scandinavia is just so up my street. I still swoon at the lilting sound of the Scandi languages – frankly, you could just read the Oslo or Stockholm phone book to me and I’d go weak at the knees. There’s the fact that there’s so much outdoorsy, sporty stuff going on – and you know what a sucker I am for that kind of thing. And, then, of course, there’s the prospect, if you go far enough north, of seeing the Northern Lights – so magnificently eerie and other-worldly that I can hardly bring myself to look at photos in case I spoil it for when I see them for real. I’m even looking at this picture through my fingers.

Aurora borealis over frozen forest in Sweden. Not a common sight in south Wales.
Image by Antony Spencer

So yes. You bet it’s on my bucket list. And if I were lucky enough to win that competition…

2. Bali Highs

If my Scandi longings are all about catching up with the past, this one is all about the person I’ve become in adult life. Girl on the River fans will know that in my youth I wasn’t even remotely athletic. In the last few years, though, in a totally unexpected way, sport has become such an important part of my life that it’s come to define who I am. Getting fit has changed everything for me. It’s given me a spring in my step, made me happier in my own skin and provided me with a group of funny, fierce and fabulous friends.

So number two on my list is a very active bit of travel – surfing and yoga in Bali.

Why surfing? Well, it took me until well into my adult life to pluck up the courage to try it, but when I did… Well, this is how it made me feel:

Photo with kind permission of Kate Czuczman

I’ve never known anything quite so exhilarating as that moment when you emerge from the foam, still standing, with the waves crashing around you and propelling you forwards. It makes me dizzy just thinking about it. It’s possibly the most life-affirming thing I’ve ever done.

And the yoga bit? Well, this is key. I’m still a baby beginner when it comes to surfing, so spend most of the time being tossed off my board and fighting to reach the surface. Yoga, quite simply, puts you back together again. It aligns all the twists in your mangled body and brings you back to earth. Since my Austrian adventures I’ve got into a regular yoga routine and it is doing me all kinds of good, so that bit would be non-negotiable.

Girl on the Yoga Mat

And, most importantly, why Bali? Well, it’s pretty much the perfect place for this kind of trip. For a start, it is beautiful and wildly exotic, with exquisite temples, white beaches and even a sacred monkey forest (come ON – who could resist a monkey forest?)

Pura Ulun Danu temple, Bali, Indonesia. And is that a ROWER I see in the background?!
Image by ImpaKPro

Bali is also a paradise for surfers. Even inept ones like me. What’s more, the surf is up all year round and it’s WARM. Actually, properly warm. Now there’s nothing wrong with surfing in Cornwall or Wales – I’ve tried both and it was great. But the prospect of paddling into turquoise waters that didn’t make your feet go numb… well, that’s worth travelling for.

Surf’s up
Image by Mac99

My friends at Surf Sistas, who helped me take my first wave in Cornwall a few years ago, are in Bali right now on a surf and yoga island surfari, and I’ve been drooling over their pictures. The new friendships with the locals, the surf-friendly asanas, the sights, sounds, smells… I’m with them in spirit. And one day I hope to join them in person.

3. Fly me to the moon

OK, stay with me here. I know it’s an outlandish idea (in every sense of the word), but Transun said the bucket list could include dreams “so big they’re almost impossible to achieve”, so I’m taking them at their word.

Out of this world.
Image by Balaks Kovacs

Oddly, this destination is all about what lies ahead (way ahead) – it’s about getting old. When I was at school, a friend and I agreed that if we made it into old age we would go to the moon together. Just, you know, for fun. And the idea has never really gone away. So I might have a way to go before I’m classed as an old lady (oi, quiet at the back there), but I love the idea of an old age filled with adventure – defeating’s everyone’s expectations of what an elderly person should do and be and think. And what could be more outrageous – more full of danger and thrills and challenges – than going to the moon?

Granny? Is that you?
Image by cookelma

The poet Jenny Joseph wrote:

“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.”

Well, when I am an old woman I shall wear an astronaut’s suit. I shall look at the earth from space and marvel at its beauty. I shall float in zero gravity and embarrass my grandchildren with Snapchat selfies sent from space. And I shall return an eco-warrior, having seen the fragility of our planet, and nag everyone about recycling and turning off lights.

What I’ll see from the moon (so long as I have my old-lady-glasses on)

This isn’t such a daft idea, either. There are space tourist programmes which, by the time I am an antique, will be taking people into space. OK, so there’s likely to be a bit of a multi-million price tag attached to the venture, but hey, a girl can dream.

Space Adventures lunar mission.
Image with kind permission of Space Adventures

And even if this is the only item that doesn’t ever get crossed off my bucket list, I fully intend to head into old age with the same spirit of rebellion and adventure that I’d need to go into space. In that sense the dream will never die.

So, what’s on your bucket list? Are you content with half a day in Aberystwyth or do you long for the outbacks of Mongolia? Tweet me @girlontheriver – I’d love to know.

Note: images of Sweden, Norway, Bali and the moon from Surfing image reproduced with permission of Kate Czuczman.

Transun is an independent, specialist tour operator that organises travel experiences in cool places, with a focus on northern Europe.

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Video of the Week: How to make minor shell repairs…

2015-04-27 00:05
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While this kind of stuff is best left to boatmen and coaches I still think it’s worth knowing how to do (even though you should never actually attempt this on your own). Coxswains especially, this should give you a good idea as to how time-intensive these repairs are, so the next time you have a close call with a log on the water or a rigger on land, keep this video in mind.

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Rowing: Golden dynasty drives our girls

2015-04-25 13:00
Source Channel:  Hamish Bond and Eric Murray's Blog Source Link:

Call it the Evers-Swindell legacy. New Zealand's rowers embark on their international campaign next month with the women's arm of the sport at its strongest.Women have earned more than half New Zealand's medals at the last two world...

Rowing: Rowing NZ plan for smooth ride

2015-04-25 13:00
Source Channel:  Hamish Bond and Eric Murray's Blog Source Link:

Portuguese lessons for staff, dealing with Brazilian real estate companies and literally testing the waters are among steps being taken by Rowing New Zealand to achieve their Olympic ambitions next year in Rio de Janeiro.The organisation...

Rowing: Seattle event pointer for eight

2015-04-24 13:00
Source Channel:  Hamish Bond and Eric Murray's Blog Source Link:

New Zealand's youthful men's eight will have an early test of their potential in Seattle next week.The eight - last year's under-23 world champion crew plus newcomer Michael Brake - have been invited to contest the Windermere Cup...

Flashback Friday: April 19th – 25th

2015-04-24 11:58
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QOTD: Hi!! I’m a high school junior, and recently I’ve been looking at colleges. At my high school, I’m a mid-pack rower, but the colleges I’m applying to are for academic reasons, and most of them are D1 and way too competitive for me as a rower. I’m 5 foot 8 and 123 lbs, and I’m considering becoming a men’s cox. Do you think that it’s a good idea? I’m already familiar with rowing, but due to my size and lack of experience, would it be a better idea to try as a rower? I really love the sport and want to participate during college, so whatever you think is best!

VOTW: University of Dayton Women’s Rowing vs. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (this is still hilarious and you should watch it…)

Coxswain recordings, pt. 11 GW vs. Holy Cross is one of the good ones in this post – definitely check it out.

QOTD: Hey! Lately, I haven’t been getting boated much during practices and have only been boated for one race. Some of our assistant coaches have claimed that I’m better than the other coxswain and that it’s become more of a matter of favorites. Any tips on how I can show the head coaches that I want to be boated for races, especially with one more race plus Pac-12s coming up? I don’t know what else to do other than prove myself each time I’m on the water (which isn’t often) and going over recordings with our coach once I’m back on the water.

QOTD: I’m nearing the peak of racing season and I’m already burned out! I’m tired of coxing at the moment and I’m sick of my teammates because I’ve spent way too much time with them. I’m scared to miss practice though because I’m worried about losing my seat, what should I do?

Words. I’ve been saying this to our guys all week – it’s the little things.

Music to erg to, pt. 36 Robyn, Blackstreet, Swedish House Mafia, One Republic, Maroon 5, The Who, etc.

QOTD: I honestly have no idea how to know how many strokes until we finish a race, piece, etc. Like, do I just guess?

QOTD: What are the qualifications of being a cox? I’m 5’1 and 108lbs. Also I’ve actually never coxed before but the only way I could row in college is to cox so what are some ways I can get my name out for scholarships?

QOTD: I keep overly saying “sorry” in the boat, even when I don’t need to. Any tips on how to stop?

QOTD: This kind of sounds weird, but I’m a novice coxswain, how do I get my boat to respect me? I feel like (with the exception of calls related to steering and drills) they don’t listen to anything I say in the boat. They talk a lot and I tell them not to but they continue to. They point stuff out to me on the water that I can clearly see and I just feel like they are always yelling at me and telling me what to do. Sometimes I just need to make a decision but I can’t if everyone is yelling at me. I don’t know what to do. I’m learning but the coaches don’t really help me out. Most of the things I’ve learned about coxing I’ve learned from other coxswains on the team or your blog. Do you know how to fix this and get the rowers to listen to me?

QOTD: Do you think coxswains are the most important person in the boat? Why?

QOTD: I’m a new coxswain on a team that rows in a salt water bay, and I’ve noticed some of the coxboxes have stopped working. Is salt water damaging to coxboxes? Like if I dip the connector for the mic/boat wire in the water to loosen it like you would in fresh water, is it bad to do that in salt water?

VOTW: Knuckleheads (for the love of rowing and all that is holy … don’t be that coxswain … seriously.)

QOTD: So I just read all your posts and what makes someone a good coxswain…you talk a lot about personalities. In general I think I have a personality of a coxswain. I’m pretty loud and sarcastic and I generally like to talk. However, I have often been told that I am not aggressive enough as a coxswain and that I need to be more stern. I have tried but I can’t seem to get that guttural sounding voice. Any advice?

A few miscellaneous tips… How to add in pairs, “sitting ready”, and getting a point. Mainly geared toward novice/less experienced coxswains.


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Music to erg to, pt. 87

2015-04-24 00:05
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Another week, another race. Tomorrow we’ll be racing Bates and Delaware on the Charles, which will be our last home race before we kick off the second half of the season with a trip out to Wisconsin to race Wisco  and Georgetown. I can’t believe we’re already four weeks into the season when it feels like we were just in Florida over New Years…

If you haven’t already, check out my YouTube for all the race videos from our varsity 8+ over the last few weeks. I know I haven’t posted any coxswain recordings in awhile, mainly because I’m just so burned out on listening to them (not to mention how time-intensive it is) so hopefully posting all the videos of our coxswains makes up for that.

Master List

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#TBT: An Inside Look at Torpids 2015, with Duncan Coneybeare of Hertford College, Oxford

2015-04-23 17:18
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This week's 'Throwback Thursday' post is from this year's Torpids, following the successful campaign of Hertford College's top men's eight. Torpids, held in late February/early March, is traditionally the first of two 'Bumps' racing series held at Oxford, pitting college crews against one another...

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Greg Searle shortlisted for FISA award.

2015-04-23 12:26
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Greg Searle has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious awards in rowing, the Thomas Keller Medal. Chosen by the World Rowing Federation, FISA, he joins five other international oarsmen and women in an impressive list that includes Caryn Davies, who stroked the Oxford Blue Boat to be the first winners of the women’s Boat Race. Also on the list is Iztok Cop, the Slovenian sculler who has won medals at four Olympic Games, including a gold medal in the double sculls at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The medal is awarded to an athlete who has excelled both at international level, but has also shown a technical mastery of the sport, as well as brilliant sportsmanship and “legendary” recognition. The winner receives, amongst other things, a lifetime accreditation to all FISA World Rowing Championships. Previous winners include Drew Ginn, the Australian Olympian, as well as Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave.

The winner will be announced in July at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, and the medal will be presented by Dominik Keller, son of Thomas, a former President of FISA.

The full list of nominees can be found here

Information about the award and past winners can be found here.

#ThisIsMySport Week 4

2015-04-22 20:00
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We loved seeing all the creative entries this week for #ThisIsMySport. We received many beautiful (and fierce) on water racing photos, as well as some great posts of indoor training. Kate chose her favorites:


We're now in our last week of #ThisIsMySport, so send in your best photos to win! To enter, tag your best #ThisIsMySport posts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. T-shirts, rowing schwag, and special prizes will be awarded! This week's judge is David Hart, from our Web and Marketing teams:

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Meet the men overcoming all odds to row the Indian Ocean

2015-04-22 03:28
Source Channel:  Telegraph - Rowing Source Link:

Ashley Wilson and James Ketchell share a catalogue of physical issues between them - but they're united by one simple goal: to become only the fifth pair to successfully row from Australia to Mauritius

Spring season “how to” reminders…

2015-04-21 18:19
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This past weekend we raced at Princeton and during the brief coaches and coxswains meeting on Friday night, Princeton’s head coach mentioned something that I thought warranted a quick recap post of some spring racing “how-to’s”. We were going over the 2k course, how early to be locked on, etc. and he said that the coxswains should all know how to scull the boats around in order to get their points because the previous week the stake boats were ripped off whatever was holding them in place because (fellow D1 Ivy League) crews didn’t know how to scull their boats. I saw a lot of crews have issues with this two weeks ago as well due to the wind so I wanted to quickly go over this, that way there’s hopefully no confusion as to how it’s done. Keep in mind that there’s a big difference between being unable to get your point  due to the wind or current (been there, done that so I can sympathize) and straight up not knowing how and from my point of view (which the officials I was driving shared) it looked like both rowers and coxswains just didn’t know what they were doing (which was not only stressful for them but also for the other coxswains who were able to do it and had to spend 5+ minutes adjusting because they kept losing their point waiting for other crews to lock on and get aligned).
I’ve probably said it a hundred times by now (if not more) but coxswains, SERIOUSLY, if you don’t know how to back into a stake boat and/or scull the boat around to get your point, you need to speak up during practice and have your coach go over it with you and your crew. None of this “I don’t want my coach to think I’m incompetent” or “I don’t want to look stupid by asking a question” bullshit. You have to know how to do this so … suck it up. And coaches, you need to actually teach your coxswains how to do this, especially your novice coxswains. There’s really no excuse to not spend 15 minutes at the end of the day letting them practice backing into your launch or the dock and getting their points.

Below are links to several posts that talk about backing into stake boats, getting your point, etc., in addition to a couple other spring season basics that I think might be helpful. If you have questions on any of this or want/need something clarified feel free to message me on Tumblr, send me an email, or leave a comment.

QOTDCan you explain the hand raising process at the start? Like you raise hand while getting point and keep it up till you’re done? If you’re on the line, how do you fix your point so you don’t cross the line and have to back? I heard of scull/row…(???) There’s no stake boats… just a regular start. What’s the stake’s purpose?

QOTD: A new USRowing rule for sprint starts does not recognize hands at the starting line; they simply wait for alignment and then call the start. At my race today, the marshals called the start before coxswains got their points, which led to us steering into each other’s lanes for about the first twenty strokes fairly severely. How do you let the marshals know whether or not you’re ready without the hand up if they rush the start like they did today?

Stake Boat Tips & Tricks This is a great video that shows and explains how to back into stake boats (in both an eight and a bow loaded four), scull the boat around, and tap it immediately before the start. Rowers, I highly recommend you watch this video as well so you understand what the coxswain is asking you to do. There is no “most important” takeaway from this video because literally everything is important but if you do only take one thing away, for the love of god, please let it be what is discussed at 6:05 – tapping the boat with too many people instead of sculling it. This is one of those things that when I see coxswains doing it I start twitching like a crazy person (seriously though…), especially on windy days when even the smallest amount of common sense would indicate that this isn’t going to effective.

Spring Season Racing Starts This post is looooooong but has a lot of information in it that will probably be most helpful for novice coxswains (but also will be good reminders for those of you who are seasoned vets). It goes over getting to the line, staging (both for a floating start and with stake boats), the starting calls that officials will use, and a whole myriad of other things. There’s also a couple additional videos in here of how to get into starting platforms and what they look like from a stake holders point of view, which is pretty neat.

What happens at a coaches and coxswains meeting Every regatta is different but for the most part, these are the things that the officials will go over with you before you race. I’ve been in C+C meetings that last for 30 minutes and I’ve been in ones that last for 5. Our meeting this past Saturday morning lasted about 10 minutes and was about as straightforward and to the point as you can get. The more experience you are the more this will become the norm but in high school regattas especially, the officials tend to operate with an abundance of caution so they’ll usually spend a good amount of time going over this stuff (and thus, you should be paying attention to all of it, regardless of how early in the morning it is or how many times you’ve heard the same thing over the years).

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Hot weather gear for rowing – the ODLO Evolution X-Light base layer

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Unfortunately I don’t look much like this model. I am more smiley, though.

Hurrah – the clocks have changed, the sun is shining, evening rowing is GO and summer is just around the corner! It’s early days, I know, but I’m excited about the season so I want to tell you already about a cool (in every sense) top that I lived in during last year’s fabulously warm summer season.

Sports clothing range Odlo kindly gave me one of their new Evolution X-Light range to try out – and I was seriously glad of it. Sprints on a muggy evening aren’t fun when you’re drenched in sweat, so their baselayer singlet rapidly became the only top I would wear for rowing on a hot day. All my usual favourites just felt heavy and sweaty in comparison.

The top is featherlight – a medium size weighs just 75g – and it wicks like a dream. Apparently it has silver ion technology to stop it getting whiffy, but I didn’t put that to the test as it was chucked in the washing machine after each outing. It washes really well and dries in record time.

If I’m being picky, I can’t say I love the salmon pink colour – it’s a little more orangey than the picture would suggest – and the fit is a bit straight-up-and-down for my own physique – but those really are minor details as the fabric is so great.

Now all I need is for the temperatures to rise so I can start wearing it again.

Odlo singlet Evolution X-light, £30, from Odlo

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