Despite our Cal and WaSU laden teams here at the EBRC, it’s great to see these Oregon Ducks crushing it on the Willamette. They admit that just because they’re not the biggest boat in the race, they’re not going to give up on their teammates and let the boat down. As my own University of Oregon experience was 15 years ago, hopping on a city bus at 5:00am, to go up to a frigid reservoir for practice is still hard core.
This video is a great introduction to how the boat breaks down from stern to bow, where the power, technique and pace come from within the boat. It’s interesting watching the team warm-up, prepare and race at the 2012 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. The cox-eye view of the race itself pumps me up, really is a great testament to the intensity needed to race, both as a cox and a rower.
Even at our practice, our cox had recorded their instructions to the boat for some small boat races one morning. It was such a testament to their craft, that they’d go back and review a recording of their own barking to see what made sense as instructional advice in the middle of a workout. It reminded me a bit of this documentary, a crew of constant improvement, trying to get better.
As a former duck crewbie, I can be proud of this documentary… but what’s with all the bird chirping?
Great replay of the 158th annual Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race from earlier this year. Each turn in this long, 6.8k race is worth more than a length of a boat. One boat pushes the other to the bank, trying to edge them off the line and open a gap for a push. This looks like a nightmare race to cox. The headwinds are brutal, the whitecaps are present, and the course looks as loopy as a soccer hooligan.
The character of the two boats was really prevelant – Cambridge were expected to be the sprinters out of the block, with Oxford being the longer marathoners trying to hold off as long as possible. And oh, what the drama on the Chiswick Eyot with oars littering the Thames after a controversial interruption.
I love the commentary from the BBC crew, quoting approach of the Surrey Bend, Hammersmith Bridge and Harrod’s Depository. A majority of this race is within a single length of each other, until the incidents begin to occur. The deepest water is the fastest stream. Yes, sensi, for there I will steer.
Stop the presses – there’s a new movie about rowing! Relive all of your most self-conscious moments about getting swapped during seat races or the weigh-in. Remember the internal drama and angst between rower and coach after a hard prescribed land workout. Watch your split times go higher that James Van Der Beek’s hairline. Just the sounds of the horn and whoosh of the stroke in Dobly Surround sound makes this movie get two thumbs up in EBRC’s book. When it comes to teenage rowing dramas, Backwards : The Movie is leading the regatta right up Dawson’s Creek. I only hope that this Hollywood rowing trend keeps up, as Danny Devito needs to rejuvenate his career in the coxswain’s seat of the next blockbuster.
East Bay Rowing Club is hosting opened its doors to the public on National Learn to Row Day, Saturday, July 21st, 2012. Visitors toured the boathouse, got a crash course in indoor rowing (erging), along with the basics of the rowing stroke and a brief overview of the equipment used and programs offered at East Bay Rowing Club. Despite the somewhat windy conditions, visitors got out on the water with a quick trip out into the estuary in an “eight” with an experienced coxswain and rowers to guide them. Looking forward to our next event in January.
Sara Nevin started advising and part-time coaching EBRC in December 2013. She’s been instrumental in getting the EBRC Learn To Row programs running strong, sharing her love of rowing with those who’ve never seen the inside of a racing shell. Sara became head coach for the Mills Cyclones in 2011; before Mills, Sara spent 10 years as Assistant Coach for the Cal Golden Bears. At Cal, Nevin led the varsity 4 through an undefeated season to win NCAA championships in 2011. She also led the novice crew to multiple top finishes at the Pac-10 Championships. The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) acknowledged Nevin’s ability and success by naming her the 2008 CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year as well as the 2008 CRCA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Before coaching at UC Berkeley, Nevin served as the executive director and head coach at the Lake Lanier Rowing Club in Gainesville, Ga. During her five years in Georgia, Nevin coached all levels of rowers from beginners to U.S. national team members. In addition to her coaching, Nevin acted as the full-time boathouse and rowing club director, as well as Regatta Director for the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships in 1998 and 2001. Before arriving at Lake Lanier, Nevin spent seven years coaching in Seattle, Washington. Between 1989–92, Nevin coached at the Seattle Training Center, coaching a group of elite and pre-elite rowers. Her stint culminated with all eight women earning spots on the 1992 Olympic team.
From 1990–96, Nevin also coached the varsity boys rowing team at the Mount Baker Rowing Club. There, Nevin grew a program of 16 athletes to over 50 and won four USRowing Junior National Championships, including the school-boys’ eight in 1991 and 1993. Nevin earned a BA in political science with a minor in pre-medicine from the University of Washington in 1985. During her rowing career at UW, Nevin won three varsity 8 national championships between 1983–85 and was undefeated in U.S. collegiate competition. She was a member of the U.S. national team in 1985 and 1986.
Jess LaFrank began coaching in the fall of 2011 after graduating from Mills College. At Mills, Jess was a a four-year coxswain and an asset in maintaining cohesion within the team, as three different head coaches led the rowing program. Senior varsity coxswain for three of her four years, she was awarded the peer-elected Cyclone Award in 2008, 2010, and 2011 for exemplary effort, attitude, and actions in support of the team; she also received the Coaches Award in 2008.
With a double major in poetry and psychology, Jess earned the Scholar-Athlete award each of her four years at Mills while enrolled full time, living off campus, and working various jobs to help pay for tuition and expenses. Before Mills, Jess did not participate in athletics; it was at Mills she found a love for sport, competition, and teamwork. As an alum, she enjoys working with students at Mills discover the ample opportunities there are to participate in athletics, and raising the competitive standard of Mills athletics has been, in a word, rewarding.