[CUCBC Coxes] Talk on steering on the Tideway (i.e. WEHoRR and ManHoRR)

Isabel Nimmo izzy at cucbc.org
Sat Feb 17 18:37:08 GMT 2018

Dear coxes,

This is only really of interest to those college crews planning to race
WEHoRR or ManHoRR this year. Sophie Shapter has kindly agreed to give a
presentation on steering, racing and navigating on the Tideway in Emmanuel
college at 7:30pm on Tuesday the 6th of March (i.e. the Tuesday after Lent

I've attached a quick note/bio from Sophie below to give a sense of her
experience with this stretch of water. Speaking personally, I really can't
recommend this talk enough. Racing on the Tideway is a fantastic
experience, but utterly unlike racing on-Cam, and steering well to take
advantage of the stream can reduce your time by tens of seconds. Please do
consider sticking it in your diaries.

Best of luck for the last week of training ahead of Lents, and hope to see
many of you there,

CUCBC Committee


I'm Sophie Shapter, I've been coxing and coaching for almost 10 years now
(probably too long) and up until this year, all my experience has been on
the Tideway. I started coxing aged 13 at school when my coach told me I was
small, pointed to the coxes seat and said "sit there". So I did, and have
never looked back since (not literally, it's always good to look behind you
once in a while).

After a couple of years coxing at school, my coach sent me to Thames Rowing
Club, where I started to cox the senior men. This was an awesome experience
as I got to compete at a high club level at events like Men's Head and
Henley from the age of 16.

By the time I left school I decided I'd had enough of full time coxing and
started to coach the junior squad at multiple clubs along the Tideway.
Meanwhile I kept up my coxing by subbing into crews here there and
everywhere for training and racing whenever needed. After three years of
coaching my hunger to cox came back and I joined Tideway Scullers full time
again, and now here I am at Cambridge coxing for CUWBC, heading for the
Boat Race in a few weeks time. I never thought I'd ever get the opportunity
to do The Boat Race, and it's been a dream of mine since the age of 15, so
it's mad to think the dream will come true.

Anyway, I'm going to be talking about coxing on the Tideway for those all
important head races coming up, as well as how to structure a race plan,
marshalling, and anything else that might be of interest to people.
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