of the Charles
remains one of my favorite races of all time to coxswain
. The course, starting at Magazine Beach
, twists and turns through B.U.
Bridge, past Riverside
boat club, through Weeks
bridge, past Weld
boathouse, and Cambridge
boathouse. Weeks bridge is usually my favorite part, and requires the most skill on behalf of the coxswain
. If you go through unscathed
, it's always fun to act superiour to those who did not escape the carnage
. The spectators and announcers are usually at Weld
-- when you pass by, listen for the announcer to say something good about your boat-- most of the time you can feel your rowers
and catching sharper
. From personal experience
, it's probably a bad thing
if there is an uncomfortable silence
as you row by..
The nature of a head race
is mostly about racing against the clock rather than racing other crews, as each crew has its own start, which are staggered. However, everybody's favorite part of head races
is passing or "walking on
" crews which had started earlier.
A few years ago, a friend of mine was coxing the Rutgers
B Men's 8. They had an early starting
time, but had been passed by several other crews due to their inexperience, and basically had given up hope in placing. At Weeks bridge, he turned around, and saw Rutgers A coming around the turn, burning up the course, and walking through Penn on one side and Georgetown
on the other. As all three boats slowly approached Rutgers
B, the coxswain of Rutgers
A shouts, "Pick one-- Georgetown or Penn!"
He then proceeded to steer the boat directly in the path of the University of Pennsylvania
A boat, causing a Vespoli
... which won Rutgers
the title. (for We have lived to row another day