The MIT Rowing Club opened its Fall 2015 season with a packed house for the MITRC General Meeting, held Tuesday, September 8, 2015. This fall's roster is almost 100 strong, with the competitive, recreational and Lear-To-Row programs all at full capacity! The meeting provided an overview of the Club and the three programs within it. Co-Presidents Amy Loomis and Joao Ramos and the other Club officers covered a broad range of topics such as safety, gear, equipment, coxing, land training, dock preparation, as well as the new scheduling format. Following the General Meeting, newly minted members of the Learn-To-Row program were given a tour of the boat house which the mens and womens competitive teams met to discuss this season's racing schedule. With the meeting adjourned, MITRC's Fall 2015 Season is officially underway ... GO TECH!

A note to prospective members:
  • While we are already at max capacity for the fall seaon, MITRC always welcomes new coxswains. If you are an experienced coxswain and are interested in joining MITRC, please email
  • Experienced rowers are welcome to join the fall season as substututes. Subs are not regularly scheduled to row but are asked to fill in periodically for people who need someone to take their spot. If you are interested in serving as a sub, please email
  • Other prospective rowers, including novices interested in MITRC's Learn-To-Row program, are welcome to join MITRC for the Spring 2016 season when we will again offer a full schedule of competitive, recreational, and Learn-To-Row programs.

Ten members of the MIT Rowing Club traveled to Daegu, South Korea to compete in the first annual “DGIST World University Rowing Festival,” hosted by the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST). The regatta, held on the Nakdong River from August 24 to August 30, was “designed to promote global friendship and leadership while fostering closer relationships between the participating universities.” The competition included Melbourne University Boat Club from Australia, Darwin College Boat Club from Cambridge University (UK), as well as the hosts, DGIST Boat Club. MITRC returned to Boston with heavy luggage as a result of multiple medals earned in a host of racing events. See the full results and official DGIST news release. The event was also covered by Korean national TV news. This was the first overseas regatta in the history of MITRC ... GO TECH!

MITRC's semi-official erging sessions continue this fall with formal sessions held three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Zesiger Center (in the far corner near 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 fall 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

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. 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 (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

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