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Distance per stroke is a great way to get your rowers to think about the way they move the boat. Just as swimmers spend time in the pool trying to cover a lap in the least number of strokes possible rowers should also learn to understand the importance of the effectiveness of each stroke. It promotes an effective drive phase and an efficient recovery phase.
Rowing technology allows rowers and coaches to easily monitor things such as stroke rate and boat speed with the use of GPS technology. The Coxmate GPS and SX units both have the ability to monitor rate and boat speed and will give the rower/coxswain their distance per stroke in real time.
The Firbank Grammar School (Melbourne, Australia) rowing program uses distance per stroke as a training tool for rate capped pieces and interval training. The chart below is calculated off the average winning time over the last 20 years for a particular division at the annual Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta (held in Geelong, Australia with well over 2000 competitors). The average winning time is taken and then broken down into different intensities, ratings and boat speed. From this distance per stroke can be calculated to allow the coxswain to work with the crew to achieve maximum effectiveness from each stroke. Every crew in the Firbank Grammar School rowing program has a Coxmate SX unit with 10hz GPS in the boat with them every session.
Application for Novice Rowing
Any coach will tell you that teaching people learning to row to take time on the recovery is tough. Giving the rowers feedback such as distance per stroke allows people learning to row to conceptualise the notion of time on the recovery in a more intuitive manner.
Application for Elite Rowing
As many coaches will note the trend in elite rowing over the past decade has been toward a higher stroke rate. The New Zealand men’s pair (undefeated since 2009 – 68 races after the Rio Semi Finals) are a good example of this. Using a tool such as the Coxmate SX or GPS unit allows crews to understand their effectiveness at given rates and optimise their stroke rate/rhythm for the best compromise between rating and boat speed. The Coxmate PC Analysis software (image below) provides the ability to compare and establish what is the optimal rhythm for a crew.
Taking the next step
Technology is allowing coaches to understand rowing in new ways. The rowing world has moved on from just looking at rating, time or the number of strokes. For several years now Coxmate has provided the technology to coaches all around the world to make educated decisions about the direction they take their crew as they prepare for major regattas. It is not difficult and it does not need to cost any more to have access to the best possible technology.
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Since our last post comparing the Coxmate GPS to the NK GPS there are now a few more similar products out there on the market. I thought now was a good time to draw up a comparison chart for you to see just what makes them all different.
CoxBox is the Nielsen Kellerman workhorse which everyone knows.
Coxmate SX is our own GPS enabled coxswain amplifier.
So how do they stack up?
Pricing first - these are based on published web data in July 2016.
Overall the CoxBox is looking tired and lacking modern functionality like speed measurement a PC interface for downloading outing data and basics like a backlit display.
The Coxmate SX is the winner on price compared with functionality.
Always a consideration when buying rowing electronics the three products go from 3 hours for a CoxBox to 8 hours for Coxmate SX.
NK doesn't offer speed in an amplifier at this time. And Coxmate SX has GPS and / or impeller options available. Although the impeller option does require you to buy extra wiring, obviously.
Having a backlit display seems to be the standard nowadays and NK don't offer this feature. Choosing what data to display is also important - Coxmate SX has a choice of parameters which include speed choices in m/s, 500m split, kms, miles or meters as well as distance moved per stroke and stroke count.
The Coxmate can use either the NK "flowerpot" mount or its own supplied articulated mount.
Note: CoxBox is a registered trademark of Nielsen-Kellerman.
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Men have raced eights in the Olympics since 1900 in Paris. Coxmate has researched back into history to find all the coxswains who have won Gold Medals since that time.
- Gilchrist MacLagan winner in 1908 was killed in the first World War. He is the only man to have won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta 6 times.
- Mike Spraklen is possibly the most successful mens 8 coach having 2 Olympic golds, and a silver for Canada '92, '08 and '12. USA hired him in '96 and got 5th. He is currently coaching Russia's mens 8.
- The Eights are considered to be the Olympic Blue Riband event.
- Germany raced as a "United Germany" in 1960.
- USA is the country who has won the most Olympic titles in 8s clocking up 12 wins to Germany's 6. Britain and Canada have both won 3 times. (I counted Germany racing as East, West and combined countries.)
- The 1936 USA crew is remembered in the book and film "The Boys In The Boat".
- Robert Zimonyi also raced for Hungary.
- Simon Dickie is one of only ten New Zealanders who have won two or more Olympic medals. He has three ('68 Gold in 4+, '72 Gold in 8+, '76 Bronze in 8+)
The full list of Winning male coxswains at Olympic Regattas
1900 Paris - USA Louis Abel
1904 St Louis - USA Louis Abel
1908 London - GBR Gilchrist Maclagan
1912 Stockholm - GBR Henry Wells
1920 Antwerp - USA Sherman Clark
1924 Paris - USA Laurence Stoddard
1928 Amsterdam - USA Donald Blessing
1932 Los Angeles - USA Norris Graham
1936 Berlin - USA Robert Moch
1948 London - USA Ralph Purchase
1952 Helsinki - USA Charles Manring
1956 Melbourne - USA William Becklean
1960 Rome - EUA (United Germany) Willi Padge
1964 Tokyo - USA Robert Zimonyi
1968 Mexico City - FRG (West Germany) Gunther Tiersch
1972 Munich - NZL Simon Dickie
1976 Montreal - GDR Karl-Heinz Danielowski
1980 Moscow - GDR Klaus-Dieter Ludwig
1984 Los Angeles - CAN Brian McMahon
1988 Seoul - GDR Manfred Klein
1992 Barcelona - CAN Terry Paul
1996 Atlanta - NED Jeroen Duyster
2000 Sydney - GBR Rowley Douglas
2004 Athens - USA Peter Cipollone
2008 Beijing - CAN Brian Price
2012 London - GDR Martin Sauer
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Women first raced eights in the Olympics in 1976 at Montreal. Coxmate has researched back into history to find all the coxswains who have won Gold Medals since that time. These women deserve celebrating.
- There are only six women who have won all the medals as 8s Coxswains from 1976 to 2012
- Marina Wilke's son, Rob Jährling is also a rower competing for Austrlia and won silver in 2000
- Women raced 1,000m until 1988 when they increased the distance to 2 km to match the men's event distance
- Romania's Elena Georgescu has won 5 olympic medals of which 3 are golds in eights
- Lesley Thompson has competed at 7 Olympics from 1984 to 2012
- If USA wins in Rio, they will match the Romanian record of three wins in a row
The full list of Winning coxswains at Olympic Regattas
1976 Montreal - East Germany, Marina Wilke
1980 Moscow - East Germany Marina Wilke
1984 Los Angeles - USA Betsy Beard
1988 Seoul - East Germany Daniela Neunast
1992 Barcelona - Canada Lesley Thompson
1996 Atlanta - Romania Elena Georgescu
2000 Sydney - Romania Elena Georgescu
2004 Athens - Romania Elena Georgescu
2008 Beijing - USA Mary Whipple
2012 London - USA Mary Whipple
If any kind soul has the inclination - the Wikipedia entry of Olympic Rowing Medalists does not have the crews in seating order consistently (it would be a kindness to edit the article to correct this).