Mission Bay Rowing Association
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1001 Santa Clara Point, San Diego, CA 92109

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Coxswains Commands

In order for the crew to work a team or unit, the cox'n will give specific commands. Most of the commands will be based off of a three part sequence, starting with the description, then the questions "Ready?", and finally the command to move. These commands should come in a even cadence, so that the crew will act in unison.

To move a boat stored on a rack:

  • Hands on the name of the boat
  • Up and off the rack, READY? (pause) Up
  • To the shoulders, READY? (pause) Up Walk it out, watching the riggers (meaning to make sure the boat riggers being carried out, do not hit the riggers on the stored boats)
To move a boat that is right side up, from the water to slings:
  • One hand center, decide who is going to split.
  • Over heads, READY? (pause) Up
  • Split to sides, READY ? (pause) Down - boat goes to the oarsperson shoulders
  • Walk if up (the beach)
  • once on the wash off pad, Weigh-enough
  • To the waist, READY? (pause) down
  • To the stretchers, READY? (pause) down
When rowing the cox'n may want to have only have some of the crew rowing, if they want to change something they could do something like the following:
  • In TWO, 3 and 4 to drop out, 5 and 6 to add in,
  • ONE, at the catch of 8 seat
  • TWO, at the second catch of 8 seat
  • On this one, said immediately after TWO
    The rowers 3 and 4 should continue to row until the RELEASE of stroke TWO, at that time they will begin to balance the boat with their oars. The 5 and 6 rowers will continue to balance the boat, until the RELEASE of stroke TWO, at which time they will begin to row following the Stern pair of rowers.
To increase the stroke length or pressure,.
  • In TWO, full slide or 1/2 pressure
  • ONE, at the catch of 8 seat
  • TWO, at the second catch of 8 seat
    On this one, said immediately after TWO

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