Champs Junior Head 2016

Champs Junior Head 2015The 2016 Junior Head will take place on Sunday 13th March.

2016 Results are now available!

 

Thanks to all who took part – scullers, coaches and race marshals. We hope to welcome you back to the Cam in 2017.

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Champs Eights Head 2015 – FINAL RESULTS now available

Champs Eights Head FINAL Category Results including COXES AWARDS and STARTS AWARDS are now available Please note – there are no changes from the provisional results.

The Champs Eights Head took place on Sunday 17th May 2015 and the FINAL DRAW is here.

Division times 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm & 3:00pm
£56 per boat if payment received by Tuesday 12th May 2015  before 6pm (£7/seat)
£64 per boat if payment received after this time or on the day (£8/seat)

See our Champs Eights Head page for further details.

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2. Just passing through: overtaking etiquette

Especially if you’re coxing on a crowded river, it’s likely that at some point during an outing you’ll have to come past another crew. Today I’d like to talk briefly about how to go about doing this. These scenarios all assume that you’re uncoached: if you do have a coach, don’t be afraid to use them, asking them to check around corners or to confirm that it is clear. I’ll talk more about interacting with coaches in a later post. Anyway, here’s my five-point guide to making a quick, effective and (above all) safe overtake.

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1. Timing it right: when to make that (coxing) call

As coxes, we’re often told that in a race situation, it’s not just what we say but also how we say it. To that oft-quoted dictum, I’d like to add the smallest of asterisks: it’s also very important to think about when we say it. What do I mean by this? Well, I’m not referring to the more general art of ‘making the right call at the right time’, knowing exactly when to call a push on the finishes to move through another crew, or when to say that word that will fire up your stroke-man to crush the opposition — that’s all a topic for another column. Instead, I’d like to look at a simple change that you can make to your coxing that will make you much more effective in your everyday training: timing your calls to match the stroke cycle.

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Coxing Like A Champ: Introduction

Hello, and welcome to something of a new venture for the Champs website.

Here at Champs, we’re very lucky to have a broad range of people from different backgrounds who want to try coxing, or who find themselves asked at the last minute to jump into the cox’s seat for a race. Nevertheless, it can be difficult for coxes to get specific coaching and advice of their own, especially when the coach has eight rowers to pay attention to; while learning by doing in this way is great,  sometimes having a basic understanding of a certain aspect of coxing before you experience it can make the whole learning process that much easier.

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Vesta Veterans’ Head 2015

The Champs ladies headed to the Tideway on Saturday 28th March for the annual Vesta Veterans’ Head of the River Race. Taking place over the winding 6.8km of the Championship Course, this race is certainly not for the faint-hearted, with the first test for the ladies coming in the form of the 6:15am coach from Cambridge. Thankfully, this was a challenge that they all rose to, and the “Seahorses” crew arrived on time at the University of London boathouse to meet up with their guest cox, ex-Clare and current Wolfson (Oxford) steersman Edward Mills.

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Junior sculling head results by category

Junior sculling head results (by category)

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Junior sculling head provisional times–Div 1

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Cambridge CRA-only Champs Junior Sculling Head 22/03/15

photoThis year, sadly, we can’t hold our usual Junior Sculling Head as Combined Boathouse is being refurbished.

We are, however, holding a smaller event for Cambridge clubs boating from their own boathouses. Please note the earlier division times (9am and 11am).

Follow this link for details or Sign Up Now

[Thank you Mandy Knapp for the great photo!]

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Winter Rowing

IMG_2556New photo of today’s weather!! Remember crew and coach safety.

If the tow paths are icy- you might be better off without your coach- better not to break them!!

Winter outings need to have a different focus- ie keeping warm over technical fixes.

Technical exercises need to be short duration and the minimum amount of time spent static.  Warm up with ergs first, stretch and then boat quickly.  Hypothermia  is a serious condition and can start very quickly.  Read the British Rowing articles about detecting hypothermia and how to treat it. Wear multiple layers, hats and pogies. Coaches please remind juniors to wear appropriate gear.

Take the wind chill factor into account and also consider your cox- who is not getting warm at any point of the outing.

Better to have a short and sharp outing and be aware that poor visibility created by snow actively falling is the same as fog to your cox- they can’t see!!

Happy warm winter rowing!!!

Thanks to Peter T for great photo of Clare BC hard.

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