To be a coxswain is a special trust; all that power poised to explode on your word. I know that to rowers, the boat feels at the start as if it takes forever to get up to speed, but to us in the coxswainโ€™s seat, it is like riding a missile. On that first three-quarter stroke, when the starter says โ€œGo,โ€ the oars explode in a blast of white water, and the back of that coxswainโ€™s seat kicks us in the butt, it is the most exhilarating feeling in the world.