[CUCBC Captains] Lent Term Cox Announcements

Isabel Nimmo izzy at cucbc.org
Thu Feb 21 12:34:47 GMT 2019

Dear Coxes and Captains,

Again, if I could ask any cox captains to pass on to their junior coxes who
are not on the cox mailing list, and club captains - I'm aware not all of
you have cox captains, so the same request. Many thanks!

Thanks to all of you who've been in touch following my last (massive!)

Various updates

*Cox Social*

I'm not proposing anything radical this side of bumps since we've all got
outings, safety meetings and racing to do, but I and a few other coxes will
be lurking in the Fort St George pub between 2 and 5pm this Sunday. Come
down before an outing, after an outing, or just for a chance to complain
about rowers/the weather/the flag/CUCBC-in-general with other coxes. Look
for the pile of splash tops!

Also, if anyone would like to help organise a cox formal post-bumps, please
let me know. I'm too old and grumpy to be allowed a college any more, so
can't book one myself. :(

*Pre-Bumps Q&A*

I've had a couple of very kind (and experienced) volunteers offer to run an
informal Q&A for bumps coxes after the novice safety briefing on the 3rd of
March. If you want to ask questions of someone who's been there and done
that, come along!

*Coxing Seminar-type thing*

Will have to happen post bumps. There's quite enough excitement going on
already this term! There will, however, be a Tideway steering and
marshalling briefing for anyone interested in such a thing (mostly looking
at folk doing WEHoRR or ManHORR) on the 12th of March. Further
announcements will follow about that.

Hope you're all well, and best of luck for the last couple of weeks of


On Mon, 11 Feb 2019 at 15:41, Isabel Nimmo <izzy at cucbc.org> wrote:

> Dear Coxes,
> Bit of a mammoth e-mail, I'm afraid.
> Before I get started, could I ask any cox captains to pass on to their
> junior coxes who are not on the cox mailing list, and club captains - I'm
> aware not all of you have cox captains, so the same request. Many thanks!
> *Bumps Safety Briefings*
> These will be held early evening on Sunday the 3rd of March. Exact time
> and venue will be confirmed soon.
> Most of you will have sat through at least one of these before, but for
> the benefit of those competing for the first time, these are safety
> briefings held for all participating coxes. Novice coxes (defined as those
> who have not competed in a set of CUCBC run bumps before) must attend in
> person, unless they receive permission to miss it from the CUCBC Safety
> Officer. Senior coxes (those who have competed before) may be represented
> by another senior cox, provided that representative undertakes to brief
> them in turn before the start of racing.
> *Bumps Bank Parties*
> Following on from some discussions over the summer, it was suggested that
> bank party (especially inexperienced ones) and some rowers might find it
> useful to come along to the briefings to have a better understanding of
> what coxes are likely to be doing, especially when clearing after a bump.
> Come one, come all! I'm looking for a fairly big venue. I think it's
> unlikely we'll fill it!
> This is very much not a requirement (I'm well aware that many of the
> members of bank parties have been doing this a *lot* longer than I have),
> but an invitation to anyone who'd like to come along.
> *Other Cox Related Stuff*
> Also following on from some discussions over the summer, it has been
> suggested that CUCBC could do a little bit more to facilitate general cox
> happiness. I'm afraid last term was eaten by novice stuff, and I've
> basically been pretty unwell since early January, but I'm awake now and
> better late than never. With that in mind, I'd like to suggest three
> possible things:
> 1) very informal cox social. If popular, I suggest taking over a coffee
> shop some evening or weekend. It'd be a chance to have a chat to other
> coxes, complain about rowers, and whinge about how cold it is.
> 2) The safety briefing is purely about safety. I would not set myself up
> as the font of all bumps knowledge, but I'm happy to call in some favours
> and put some experienced coxes in the room after the safety briefing for a
> Q&A/general chat about how to race bumps effectively (as well as safely).
> 3) Coxing Seminar - this had very mixed reviews last time, but I've had a
> few messages recently asking us to run another one.
> With all of these, I'm not actually sure how popular they'd actually be.
> Given that, I've stuck up a poll on the Coxes of Cambridge FB group (if you
> don't know what this is, search for it - it will change your life when it
> comes to finding subs!) Please feel free to express opinions there, or by
> shooting me an e-mail if you'd rather.
> Hope you're all well, not too frozen, and best of luck for the rest of
> training and racing this term.
> Isabel
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