When I’m coxing, I like to look for distinctive landmarks along the course that will remind me how far in we are or serve as good spots to take some power strokes. They’re also important to know so that you can tell your crew where you are. This saves them from having to look out of the boat to see where you’re at but also gives you something beneficial to say in between everything else you’re saying. Head of the Charles is 3.2 miles long, which means anywhere from 15 to 22 minutes of nonstop talking from you, the coxswain. Instead of repeating the same stuff over and over, you can give them geographical information based on the landmarks along the course.
When you don’t know what to say, default to telling the crew where they are. Distance, rate, and time are the three things you should tell them on a consistent basis but when you’re doing a head race, location relative to the various landmarks can/should be added to that list.
Here’s the list of landmarks on the Charles in the order you’ll pass them.
Top of BU docks // BU Bridge // Turn before Magazine Beach // Magazine Beach // 0.5 mile marker // Riverside Boathouse // River Street bridge // 1 mile marker // Western Ave. bridge // Weeks bridge // 1.5 mile marker // Weld Boathouse // Anderson bridge // Newell Boathouse // 2 mile marker // Start of the Eliot turn // 2.5 mile marker // Cambridge Boat Club // Eliot Bridge // Final turn/home stretch // Start of the docks // Finish line
Next up: Steering around the turns