A survivor’s guide to coxing the Tideway

A survivor’s guide to coxing the Tideway

Perhaps you were tricked into it. Maybe you're doing it for a dare. It might be a bucket list goal checked off or the next step in your coxing career or even a last-minute stand-in because nobody else was available. Whatever your reasons for coxing the Tideway for the...

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Rowing with Raynaud’s – how to cope with wintry conditions

Rowing with Raynaud’s – how to cope with wintry conditions

On a chilly morning on the river, there's a bunch of rowers and coxes who suffer more than most - those who, like me, have Raynaud's phenomenon. This is a bizarre circulatory disorder, affecting about 10 million people in the UK. It interrupts the blood supply to the...

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Christmas gift guide for coxes

Christmas gift guide for coxes

You don't need me to tell you what an important figure in your life your cox is. It takes a special kind of pint-sized marvel to brave the elements in blistering heat or freezing cold, giving orders to a bunch of giants who could crush them with a little finger, to...

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Rowperfect Coxmate GPS – a Luddite is won over

Rowperfect Coxmate GPS – a Luddite is won over

I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge gadget-lover. I've never been the one to go for the latest bit of tech, and have shown little interest in those digital computer thingies - whatever they are - hanging from the necks of coaches and coxes. So when along came...

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The Boat Race 2016 – and how women’s rowing was the winner

The Boat Race 2016 – and how women’s rowing was the winner

There's a lot of nonsense talked about rowing. Of all the foolishness I've heard over the years, two dumb ideas stand out. One is that women's rowing is less exciting to watch than men's. The other is that although a cox can lose a race for a crew, they can't win it....

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Why you should never, EVER pressurise your cox to lose weight

Why you should never, EVER pressurise your cox to lose weight

We've all been guilty of this, to some degree or another. Perhaps you haven't actually pinned your cox to the wall and told them they need to lose weight, or wrestled a Snickers out of their hand. But I'll bet you've joked with your cox at lunch time on race day,...

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Christmas gift guide for coxes

Christmas gift guide for coxes

If you have a coxswain in your life, it's a safe bet that life is never dull. It's amazing how much personality - and volume - you can pack into a tiny frame. All that sass and shoutiness needs to be regularly rewarded with generous gifts, though. This is where I come...

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Be careful what you wish for! Pots of fun at Penarth

Be careful what you wish for! Pots of fun at Penarth

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have spotted that in a recent post I mentioned that a pewter pot was right up at the top of my rowing wish list. The china ones are lovely, and if you have enough to spread around (if your shelf overfloweth), they make a fine...

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