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Coxes – advice on steering head races

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Being fully prepared will give you the best chance of the perfect race for your crew.
The Rowperfect team has pulled together some articles that may be helpful for your preparation. They are all about head racing and the role of the coxswain.

  1. Rowing Related interviews Phelan Hill of the British Rowing crew about  head racing and his advice.
  2. The Regatta Ready Coxswain  – a handy check list of what you’ll need on the big day.  Written by Rob Colburn who coxed for Turkey  and Columbia University New York, USA.
  3. Kevin C Murphy is an American cox  and he writes a blog called  Ghost in the Machine  

His advice in a nutshell:

  • steer aggressively
  • set up your moves (pushes)
  • be creative
  • be ready for anything
  • be careful

4. And lastly, Seamus Labrum is another American from the Huskies Crew  who writes about  what he learnt in public speaking class  to moderate his voice using his diaphragm to help his coxing calls have authority and get the right response from the athletes.

5.  Steering the Tideway – London’s river is notoriously challenging and with stream and tide assistance you can gain valuable speed by steering well. Get our free ebook guide written by former Oxford Cambridge Boat Race cox, Martin Haycock.

About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe
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