The month of march is looking to be a busy one in the rowing world. The main event that will be coming up will be the Samsung World Cup I, which is being held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from the 21 - 23 March.
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You can read the full article from World Rowing here.
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If you want advice on steering Tideway Heads, then you can take a look at the Q & A with Coxswain Rebecca Dowbiggin that we recently did. Or you can head over to our friends at Rowperfect where you can sign up to receive information specifically about How to race and steer on the Tideway.
This is the first of a series of Coxmate product comparisons. The aim of these comparisons is to help you choose the equipment that fits your needs.
Both the Coxmate SRT and the NK Cox Box provide voice amplification for the coxswain. Both units are also compatible with the same speaker harnesses. This means the SRT will work with an NK speaker harness and vice versa.
Both units provide you with the ability to monitor Stroke Rate and Time and have a memory function that will allow you to recall and review your recent history. They feature a backlit display for those early morning outings in the dark.
Both units are also built to survive. Both the Cox Box and the SRT are waterproof to the same international standard, IP67. This means they designed and sealed to be temporarily waterproof up to a depth of 2m. They are also both designed to float, and withstand shock. The Coxmate SRT can withstand a 1.5m fall and features a wrist lanyard to help stop it being dropped. While no specifics were given about the Cox Box, it has protective bumpers that improve its durability. The SRT has protective covers for the external connectors to keep them clean when not in use.
Points of Difference:
While they both feature a stopwatch, the Coxmate SRT takes it a step further and also includes a real time clock with an alarm function. This can be useful for ensuring you make it to the start line on time. Coaches use this to set the alarm 10 minutes before you need to be at the marshalling area as a reminder. The SRT also features a metronome that assists with setting the rate for novice crews to follow and learn ratio.
Here’s a major point of difference between the SRT and the Cox Box. The battery life of each unit is significantly different.
The SRT is lighter than the Cox Box. The Cox Box weighs in at 560g (1.25lbs) whereas the SRT sits at 370g (0.81lbs) making the Coxmate around 2/3rds of the weight.
The SRT comes standard with a waterproof 3.5mm jack socket for an external radio. This enables a coach to talk to crew through a 2 way radio. With a Cox Box, an external adaptor has to be purchased for an extra $89 to enable radio to connect to Cox Box.
Mounting in Boat:
The Cox Box is designed to fit into a ‘cup’, which is fitted in boat. The SRT has an adaptor so it can mount in the Cox Box ‘cup’ or can be can be mounted on a double articulated bracket, included which is supplied with unit. This SRT is magnetically held in place and the bracket can be adjusted for optimal viewing angle.
Coxmate SRT: AU$780 (Includes: SRT+ control unit, charger, microphone and carry case). Spares: Battery $40, Microphone $110.
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This week we put a few questions to coxswain Rebecca Dowbiggin, who coxed Cambridge to a win in the 2007 Boat Race. We asked her advice for steering the Tideway Heads which is coming up next month. Here's the advice Rebecca had for us:
What's your top tip for steering Tideway Heads?
Preparation. Make sure you have looked at a good map of the course, read the rules of the race AND the Tideway navigation rules (which apply before and after the race), read some steering advice available online, watched British Rowing’s “Coxing a Tideway Head” (available on YouTube) and talked to coxes who have steered the race before. An even better preparation would be to do some coxing on the course if you can, or even to go to London before race day and walk along the bank and bridges.
What's an advanced tip for steering Tideway Heads?
Think in advance about your strategy for overtaking AND being overtaken. Read the rules of your race: usually, slower crews must give way – when it is safe to do so – to a faster crew, but ALL crews have a responsibility to avoid collision. This means that the overtaking crew cannot simply row into the crew they are trying to overtake if the slower crew doesn’t give way!
How do you educate yourself / How should coxswains educate themselves?
There are many sources of inspiration out there: websites, blogs, coxing recordings (although these are sadly few and far between) and YouTube videos. I used to read a lot about rowing and coxing and listened to everything I could. However, there is no substitute for actually coxing! Cox as much as you can and cox the best crews that you can.
Thanks to Rebecca for providing us with some great advice for the Tideway Heads. If you want to hear more from Rebecca you can follow her on Twitter.
Hi all, here’s a roundup of the coxing news that we here at Coxmate have come across recently.
Firstly there was sad news of the death of British coxswain Acer Nethercott.
“Acer Nethercott, who has died aged 35, coxed the Oxford University men’s rowing eight to two Boat Race victories and won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when his crew finished narrowly behind the reigning champions, Canada.” - Read the full story about Acer
If you’re one of our readers in the United States then you might be interested to know that the 2013 USRowing Coxswain clinic is coming up on 23-24 February and will feature:
For more information on this coxswain clinic check out the USRowing website
Looking for Coxswain recordings? Go check out the coxswain recordings section of the Ready all, row blog to get your fix!
And if you want to get some coxing tips delivered straight to your inbox, go sign up for Michael Toon’s Advanced Racing Tips which was written especially for Coxmate.
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