Coxing at Clare
Coxing is a great way to make new friends at Clare, learn leadership skills and balance out your degree with spending time outside in nature. If you are new to the sport, it’s possible to "novice", both as a rower and as a cox, at the beginning of the Michaelmas and Easter terms. Coxing is free for everyone at Clare and you don't need to have any experience at all!
Learn to cox
While shouting through a headset is not an activity typically associated with rowing, coxing is an integral part of rowing, and crucial for the success of a crew. The cox is in charge of steering, and gives verbal instructions through a microphone.
The cox is in charge of steering the best line, but they also play an important role maintaining the cohesion of the crew on and off the water and are instrumental in race tactics. They are responsible for making sure the crew is rowing with the correct rhythm and technique, acting as a "coach in the boat".
While being in the coxing seat is not always easy, it is immensely rewarding when crews respond to your calls and you can feel a positive change in the way the boat is moving as a result. Over time, you gain a different, and in some cases better, technical understanding of rowing than the average rower.
At Clare, we have had a history of great coxes that have experienced success at a college and a university level, and we would like to continue this going forward. We welcome anyone who wants to try coxing, and ensure every cox at Clare gets support and coaching. There's a novices' BBQ on the first weekend of Michaelmas and Easter terms where you can try out coxing and ask current coxes any questions you might have, or contact us at any time to bank-party an outing and see what it is that coxes do.