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.
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.
This 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).
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[Thank you Mandy Knapp for the great photo!]
New 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.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by Champs Ladies Scullers in the sunshine and strong cross-winds at Holme Pierrepoint.
The Mistral 2x of Louise Affleck and Trish Reed won a silver medal in the Novice C race battling with Twickenham RC who just beat them and leaving the rest far behind.
The Quadling 4x- of Louise Affleck, Charlotte Allen, Dawn Birch, Trish Reed (Novice B) had a very close race against younger crews without a head start, coming third in the Novice A race.
Many thanks to Brian Ellis for all his hours spent cycling up and down the towpath coaching us
Provisional results from Division 1: div1 times.xlsx
Provisional results from Division 2: div2times.xlsx