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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

Rachel Quarrell

Tuesday 4th November 2008

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  • weather?

  • kit and equipment

  • meeting times and locations (parking?)

  • READ THE ***ing RULES (!) incl. marshalling

  • start order

  • race plan and visualise

  • warm-up plan

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  • Which station? (bank)

  • Near which point?

  • Which crews around you?

  • What time must you be there?

  • => what time to boat?

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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

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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

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  • Get numbers

  • Meet up

  • Rig and check boat

  • Crew chat

  • Down to boating area

  • Push off and warm up

  • In place by correct time

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  • Fours

  • Short slide work/timing synchronisation

  • Steady rowing

  • High pressure/rate

  • Sitting about....

  • Make use of gaps and clear stretches

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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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

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  • - during training

  • - during the race

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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

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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

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The Theory

River profile

- deepest point ≈ maximum stream

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Where’s the depth?

=> The fastest stream is not always

in the middle of the river

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Lack of dredging:

- stream slows down and broadens

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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

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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

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Looking back at Barnes Bridge - rower’s view

Very low tide - note shallows on Surrey bank

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Useful links