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Coxing the Tideway Heads. Rachel Quarrell Tuesday 4th November 2008. P.P.P.C.C.C. Planning. weather? kit and equipment meeting times and locations (parking?) READ THE ***ing RULES (!) incl. marshalling start order race plan and visualise warm-up plan. Marshalling.

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coxing the tideway heads

Coxing the Tideway Heads

Rachel Quarrell

Tuesday 4th November 2008

  • weather?
  • kit and equipment
  • meeting times and locations (parking?)
  • READ THE ***ing RULES (!) incl. marshalling
  • start order
  • race plan and visualise
  • warm-up plan
  • Which station? (bank)
  • Near which point?
  • Which crews around you?
  • What time must you be there?
  • => what time to boat?
stuff useful and necessary
Stuff - useful and necessary
  • Tools (i - rigging and ii - in the boat)
  • Kit (warm, many layers, wellies)
  • Race numbers (on boat and on crew)
  • Accurate watch (set to speaking clock)
  • Lifejacket, coxbox, mic, headband?
  • hat/cap, shades, gloves?
  • marshalling map?
  • sponge?
  • Two black bin-bags and a kind friend
boat stuff mostly vital
Boat Stuff - mostly vital
  • ARA ID numbers
  • Race numbers
  • Hatch covers
  • Heel restraints
  • Bow ball
  • Anything else required by race organisers
  • check centre joint, fin, rudder, riggers, speaker cables and joints
  • Get numbers
  • Meet up
  • Rig and check boat
  • Crew chat
  • Down to boating area
  • Push off and warm up
  • In place by correct time
warm up
  • Fours
  • Short slide work/timing synchronisation
  • Steady rowing
  • High pressure/rate
  • Sitting about....
  • Make use of gaps and clear stretches
sitting about
Sitting about
  • Stay warm (all the time)
  • Respond to marshals
  • Stay clear of other crews
  • Bows slightly to the bank
  • Not stopped close upstream of obstacles
  • Vary who rows on
  • Remember you can back down to get clear
  • Clever manoeuvres
  • Amusing jokes?
  • Check the boat
  • Keep an eye on the time
  • Don’t stay too close to the bank - let yourself come into mid-stream
  • Turn when asked, and turn efficiently
  • Stay with adjacent numbers
  • Think about positioning once turned
  • Kit off before you turn (or during)
  • Psych crew up to be ready straight away
  • Know where you are
  • Know when you are
  • Remember the race plan
  • Give rowers time to think
  • Use other crews just enough
  • Consider overtaking and conditions
  • Racing line
mental approach
Mental approach
  • Stay calm
  • Motivate both crew and individuals
  • Always sound positive and focused and keen to do well
  • Track what the rowers need to remember - technique, race plan, tactics, waypoints
  • And always make steering a priority
after the race
After the race
  • Wind down safely and listen to marshals
  • Kit on after turning out of the way
  • Safety checks?
  • Stick to return lanes as you go back
  • Stay positive but don’t talk too much!
  • Cross safely if necessary
  • - during training
  • - during the race
steering in training
Steering in training
  • Know which way tide’s going
  • Working the slacks
  • Crossing points
  • Starboard rule in main stream
  • Tide turn warnings
  • Observe landing and crossing rules
useful pointers against stream
Useful pointers - against stream
  • Point bows slightly to bank in strong stream
  • Stick near the riverbanks
    • ….. but beware mudflats/gravel islets
  • Know where to cross
    • ….. and give way to other crews while x’ing
the theory
The Theory

River profile

- deepest point ≈ maximum stream

where s the depth



Where’s the depth?

=> The fastest stream is not always

in the middle of the river


Lack of dredging:

- stream slows down and broadens

useful pointers with stream
Useful pointers - with stream
  • Know where the fastest stream is generally
  • Curve with the bends, don’t cut them
  • You don’t need to steer much
  • Steer from the tops of the banks, not mud
  • Beware mid-stream obstacles
chiswick to barnes bridge
Chiswick to Barnes Bridge
  • Centre of Chiswick Bridge
  • Approximately halfway between the banks
  • Don’t be drawn in towards Middlesex as you approach Barnes Bridge
  • Angle slightly towards the Mdx pier of bridge

Looking back at Barnes Bridge - rower’s view

Very low tide - note shallows on Surrey bank

barnes to chiswick eyot
Barnes to Chiswick Eyot
  • Up to moored boats, stay same distance off Mdx bank, past Bandstand
  • Parallel to moored boats before Eyot
    • approx. 1-2 widths away from them
  • Parallel to Eyot - midway or slightly to SS
eyot to hammersmith
Eyot to Hammersmith
  • At end of Eyot, look at Surrey bank
  • Stay this distance away from it (ignore Mdx bank), round to St. Paul’s School
  • Continue at same distance
    • stay parallel to BS bank
  • Under “second lamppost” or v slightly to SS
hammersmith to barn elms
Hammersmith to Barn Elms
  • By now you’re 1/3 off Surrey bank
  • Keep this distance away from BS bank
  • Harrods Depository wall: bad water?
  • Stay parallel to Surrey bank
  • By Barn Elms, 1/4 off Surrey bank
    • avoids Fulham Flats
barn elms to putney pier
Barn Elms to Putney Pier
  • At apex of Barn Elms bend, look to Black Buoy
  • Let yourself re-aim to pass it on SS
  • 1-2 widths off Buoy (pref. 1)
  • Stay parallel to moorings until LRC
  • Head for centre of Putney Bridge
useful links
Useful links