Gilchrist Maclagan Coxswain died 100 years ago

Saturday is both Anzac Day and also the 100th anniversary of the death of coxswain Gilchrist Maclagan. 

He steered Oxford four times, including their best ever win (1901); he steered his college boat to head of whatever they call the Mays; he steered Leander in the Grand eight times, winning six; he steered the GBR 8 to its first Olympic gold.

He was killed at Pilckem Ridge near Ypres, 25th April 1915, where chlorine gas was being used for the first time. No grave.

With thanks to Alistair Potts

Sometimes it pays to remind... and today we want to check you know about the Resources for Coxswains Page on Coxmate.

Built for the coach and coxswain who wants to learn, needs questions answered, this is the place to go to find:

Sound helpful?  Yes that's what Coxmate is all about.  We want to help you become more skilled at teaching coxing and being a cox so you keep coming back to visit us and learn more.



The Coxmate SX has been the most advanced  coxing amplifier box in the market for over 5 years.

Today, Coxmate are pleased to announce the GPS module in the SX has been upgraded to a 10Hz unit.

This increases the GPS update frequency from once per second to ten times per second.


So that's a Ten Times Improvement.


This significantly improves both the accuracy and the responsiveness of the speed reading – no more long delays waiting for speed reading to respond to an increase in boat speed.


If you have an earlier SX model (shipped before 1st March 2015) and would like it upgraded to a 10Hz GPS, then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your local agent


Coxmate SX shipped after 1st March (Rev G) are the latest model. All versions before (version F or earlier)  can be upgraded. 

Your local agent can do this for you too.

Are you missing the Sydney International Rowing Regatta but want to stay in touch with the results.

Lizzie Chapman and Ray Ebert are doing a great job with the "inside track" on the international and domestic results every day from Penrith.

It's all on the Rowing Australia YouTube channel - we recommend you subscribe so you don't miss an episode. 


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So the crew or squad is going under the hammer and getting tested on the erg.  it happens every winter round about crew selection time.  And you end up feeling like a spare part because, unless you’re very unusual, coxes don’t have to actually do the test. 

Coxing an 2k ergo test
Coxing an 2k ergo test


Being helpful to the coach

One of the key roles a squad cox plays is to be the “helper” to the coaches.  If you can always be there and ready to assist their perception of your usefulness will rise. This is particularly good if you know that you’re not the only cox trying out for the seat.  

Around erg test time, you can showcase your skill at driving athletes to perform by asking if you can help out during the testing.  

Here’s the US Rowing erg testing protocol 

Things coxes can do during 2k tests

  1. Run some of the administration for the coach - download the test scores onto the memory cards, arrange the timetable of who tests when, check the register of athletes - who’s not come in, clean the machine(s) between tests, check the drag factor.
  2. Help the athletes - speak to each one and ask if they’d like you to help them during their test.  Get them to share their race plan, any calls they prefer or don’t want, key distances or splits and what they want you to watch out for, what their target time is.  It helps if you know what splits come out to what time.  This 2k Pace Chart will be useful to print and have to hand  or here’s a split calculator tool (use the tab Target Pace)
  3. Deliver awesome coxing encouragement to the athlete so they achieve their goals and the coaches see that you’ve contributed to their performance and result.
  4. Have strategies ready for if they stop rowing, drift off the target split or have an upset and need a re-start.