MITRC always welcomes new coxswains, and we want to make sure that those who are interested have the chance to learn how to cox well. This year, we are instituting a more formal sequence of training events to take advantage of the resources we already have and to provide supervised hands-on learning opportunities. If you're interested in learning to cox (or cox better), just follow these steps:
  1. Watch the recording of the coxswain clinic I gave last year and read the accompanying notes. This is intended to provide a framework for thinking about coxing and to address how to carry out specific tasks as a coxswain. Also, read the MITRC Coxswain Guide.
  2. During the week of July13-17, Get on a coaching launch on a day you are NOT scheduled to row and follow a boat with an experienced coxswain. Based on your understanding of a coxswain's roles and responsibilities from the documents in step 1, try to get a sense of how the coxswain is steering and what the coxswain is saying throughout the practice.
  3. Assuming that you have already gone on a coaching launch once, I will then organize a 'launch day' over morning practice in the week of July 20-24 (date tbd). As we ride on the launch, I will explain to you what I see in the rowing shell and describe what I would do (as the coxswain) as the rowing unfolds.
  4. Review the coxswain clinic notes and coxswain guide again.
  5. We will then try to arrange for an hour of tank time so that you can practice giving calls to experienced rowers.
There are many helpful coxswain recordings (of both practices and races) out there and I'm happy to point them out to you if you are keen on listening to them. Please take note of the time frames in boldface, and I look forward to seeing you on launch day (date tbd, keep an eye out for an email update) and tank day.

- Shuyu Wang, MITRC Coxswain

Now that MITRC's summer season is well underway, it's time to step up our training and get in shape for racing. With this in mind, we are now having our semi-official erging sessions three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Zesiger Center (at the MAC court).

Each session focuses on a different aspect of training, including anaerobic threshold (with varying stroke rates and lengths), endurance (long and steady row), and fast pieces to match the racing requirements and compliment the pieces done on the water.

Feel free to join us if you are interested in some additional off-the-water workouts. As always, MITRC's land-training sessions are free (no membership dues required) and open to the entire MIT community.

MITRC's weekly happy hours are back for the summer season! Join us each week as we take time to socialize (and build team spirit!) off the water. The date/time/place of the happy hour changes from week to week, so check MITRC's Facebook page for details and keep an eye out for the weekly email.

And remember:
1- Happy Hours are strictly voluntary. If you can't make it this week, don't worry, we will have another social the next week.
2- You don't need to drink alcohol to join us, I'll buy the first round of tap water :)
3- If you have a preference for day/time/place, send me an email with your suggestion, and I'll make it happen.
4- Feel free to bring friends/family/guests!

- Namir Jawdat, MITRC Social Chair

MIT Rowing Club has been invited to participate in the “DGIST World University Rowing Festival,” hosted by Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in Daegu, South Korea. The regatta will be held on the Nakdong River from Sunday, August 23 through Saturday, August 29, 2015. 10 MITRCers have been selected to represent MIT and MITRC in this regatta which is “designed to promote global friendship and leadership while fostering closer relationships between the participating universities.” This will be the first overseas regatta in the history of MITRC ... GO TECH!

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