Category Archives: Coxing

Rowing on Rivers – how to use strong currents to your benefit

When the current becomes a challenge – Rowing on Rivers The cox makes the difference. – Take advantage of the currents! Many rowing clubs row on rivers and experiance a current – as a normality. This requires an extra set of coxing skills, compared to those of us who row on a lake. We suggest, […]

Rowing Dry Bag – designed by Rowers

Dry bag rowing 5 liter Rowtex

Announcing the Rowing Dry Bag designed by rowers.  We loved Rowtex when they created gloves for rowing – then they added the perfect rowers Anorak.  They now announce their two Dry Bags – for your daily rowing and for your touring. New Rowing Dry Bag There are two sizes – a small one which is […]

Coxing long races – what coxes need to say

Womens Eights Head of the River Race, London UK

What should a cox say during a long (15 minute) race to keep the rowers motivated, without sounding repetitive? A long race is a challenge. Happily there’s a great solution. Plan the race beforehand  ok Take a look at the landmarks (bridges, bends etc), know where the straights are and how long they are, decide […]

Who is the “boss” in the rowing boat?

The coxswain is the boss Wikipedia : The coxswain is the person in charge of a boat, particularly its navigation and steering. (Photo Credit: Hägar, the horrible). I found an older interview that Günter Klein had with Peter Thiede some years ago. Peter was the cox of the Germany’s Eight before Martin Sauer.  The interview can […]

Flying coxswains How to celebrate my regatta win

While surfing through our rowing network, I discoverd this lines written by Rob Colburn. He describes the many styles of throwing a cox into the water. The flying coxswains: There are many styles, the quick pitch off the end of the dock, the one-two-three heave, and the no-warning up-and-out which sends the flailing coxswain — […]

Regatta Safety: prepare your team

Always a top issue in while we race at a regatta or while touring with our crew: Regatta safety on the course. Ask yourself: which precautions have I taken for a safe rowing day? See all the mess what can happen to us and our boats. Boat crash pictures Coaches – teach your crews and […]

Aligning power in a mixed masters quad

We have just formed a mixed quad crew and want some advice on how to align our power and get the crew going well together. Several time ago, Roland Beevor wrote to us after reading the original article. Let’s share this again.  I think this issue is a good issue to explore, it addresses a big […]

Role of the Coxswain

One of the highly debated subjects of the role of the coxswain within the crew is what is the purpose of a coxswain? We discovered this blog, talking about the coxswains’s role in a boat. Very debatable. From an outside perspective a coxswain is described as the “cheerleader within the boat.” They’re equipped with a microphone and […]

Be Prepared and the Best Cox Possible – A Coach’s Perspective

Well, the head races are on and the cox in these boat finds himself in challenging positions: Motivating the team. And coxing the crew for more than 25 minutes. Important enough to remind you on a few things  The Basics in Coxing: When in doubt, WEIGH ENOUGH, RUDER HALT, EASY OAR!!! I can’t stress the importance of this. If […]