Who sits in the back of a rowing boat?
The coxswain either sits in the stern or lies in the bow of the boat. The FISA (International Rowing Federation) requires that coxswains in men’s crews weigh a minimum of 121.25 lbs. For women, the weight minimum is 110.23 lbs. If a cox is underweight, he/she must carry sandbags to bring them above the minimum.
What is the hardest position in rowing?
Seat No. 8, the Stroke Seat, is usually the hardest to row. In event listings, the last name of the Stroke Seat rower will be listed. It’s important to remember that all three sections of the boat are equally important.
What is a rowing crew called?
These boats may or may not include a coxswain, who sits or lies down in the front or back of the boat and calls out directions to the rowers/scullers. “Rowing” and “crew” are in fact the same sport; the word “crew” is used by American schools and colleges to refer to the sport of rowing.
What do rowers say when they row?
“Bow four raise your hands; stern four lower them“: translation: “I am a novice coxswain.” “Weigh” and “Way”: “Weigh oars” is an archaic English command meaning to lift the oars out of the water, while the command “Give Way” originally meant to start rowing, because “way” means movement (as in “steerageway”).
What does a coxswain do in rowing?
The coxswain, or cox, keeps the boat going straight and the oars swinging in sync and lets the crew know who’s ahead and who’s behind and by how much. If done right, the cox’s commands help the rowers push past the pain barrier and keep pulling those oars when every muscle fiber tells them to stop.