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Feel the Boat

By Ryan Sparks and Chelsea Dommert · June, 2013

We’re reaching the end of our coxswains-only camp, but we’re not slowing down.

This morning the coxswains got out on the water to practice their boatfeel. They learned how to tell the difference between good rowing and poor rowing, and each coxswain got to try a few exercises to test that knowledge on their own.

When we headed in, the coaches recapped the lessons from the morning and then talked with the coxswains about how to manage their relationships with others on their team. As we move through the week, the coxswains have started to come up with their own ideas about how to solve the problems that they regularly face in the coxswain seat.

This afternoon, we hit the water once again to reinforce the lessons from this morning and to practice the right way to approach a race. We’ll only be on the water once tomorrow, so coxswains will have one chance on the last day to show what they’ve gotten out of camp up until that point. So far, all of the coxswains are generally more prepared, more thoughtful, and more responsive in the boat than they were when they got here. They’re also more familiar with their own strengths and shortcomings.

This evening we’ll do another Q&A session in the hotel before bedtime. We have already seen so much progress, and we’re thrilled to watch all of the improvement that every coxswain has made.

Below you can find links to learn more about Sparks Rowing camps.

Learn more about our coxswain’s only rowing camp by following the link.  Or, read some excerpts from the the coxswain only rowing camp blog.  Our next round of summer rowing camp information can be found here.  Follow this link for information on our New Zealand rowing camp and here for their NZ camp blog (with some great videos).  We also have some great information on our winter rowing camp  and you can get another perspective through our blog on the advanced winter rowing camp here.

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