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Michigan Men’s V8+ Head of the Charles 2014
Something I noticed in this recording was a distinct lack of decisive calls/moves. There was a lot of “get me XYZ”, “we need to XYZ”, “I need you to XYZ”, etc. but there was never a follow up that actually said what needed to happen in order to accomplish whatever the coxswain was saying needed to be done.
One thing this coxswain does in contrast to some of the other head race recordings I’ve posted is she stays very chill throughout most of the race. There’s obviously a benefit to this style of coxing but I think you end up walking a fine line between “composed” and “low-energy”, and for me it came off as more low-energy than not for most of the race. There were times where she’d put a bit more emphasis on her calls (she did better with this towards the end) and others where she’d try to rush through them – several times when she’d say “one … two, on this one” it felt like she was saying both numbers on the same stroke because she’d say them so quickly. You might as well just say “on this one” and skip counting the strokes. Point being, I wish there was a bit more energy and more targeted calls since a lot of it came off as just filler.
She did do a great job steering though and ultimately I think that’s the big takeaway from this piece. Her turns were good, she was right on the buoy lines, and did a good job of managing the water when she was coming around the first turn with Drexel at the beginning.
Hobart Rowing at the Cornell Invite
This coxswain has good energy but there are times where she’s trying to say a lot of things in a short span of time and that ends up making most of her calls (many of which are pretty good) rushed and, presumably, hard for the rowers to process. There were some things that I think maybe weren’t that important that they needed to be said but for the most part she was passing along good information so my only suggestion here would be to slow down the train of thought and space out the calls a little bit more.
I like her tone and that she’s regularly giving the crew updates on where Cornell, Syracuse, etc. are amongst all the technical calls she’s making. One of the calls she made as they’re coming past the Ithaca and Cornell boathouses was “we’ve gotta get the blades in a little bit quicker if we’re gonna fly” – I like that because it’s a simple way to say what they need to do and what the outcome will be if/when they do it. Another thing she communicates well is her line vs. the coxswain behind her’s line and how in order to stay on the course she’s currently got, the crew’s gotta get a bit more send off the finishes in order to open up some water between them and the other boat. Rowers might not understand all the nuances of coxing but if there’s one thing they do get (most of the time), it’s the importance of maintaining the fastest course and holding your line. Everybody has to work in tandem to make that happen and how she communicated that was really effective.
Radcliffe 1V HOCR 2014
This is just a short 40-second long clip from the start of Radcliffe’s turn around Magazine Beach but I wanted to share it because I like this coxswain’s energy as they move through the crew on their port side. She starts off saying she wants to take them out early before calling a ten that begins with her saying “here we go, on this one NOW … we go NOW” in a really intense, clear, direct voice that sets up the rest of the move really well.