Expression on four seat in red boat sez it all...
This year's utterings and mutterings from the mouths of coxswains (and scullers, spectators, and announcers):
Single sculler being overtaken: “Please pass me.”
Coxswain at end of Magazine Beach: “Just turn off your brains for the next two miles.”
Coxswain yelling at full voice into his PA at Eliot Bridge: “I want to you give me everything you have on this stroke, then on the next one give me more than you have.”
Crew passing on the outside of the big turn, with the other crew pinned against the buoys on their port side: “we are passing you, move to port!”
Comment on the Western Ave. bridge after a coxswain gave her crew a mouthful: “Therre we go. Coxswains don’t have anything else to do so they just yell?”
Comment on Weeks bridge” “Here they come! Here they come!” “Is that them?” “I dunno.”
Right after Magazine Beach: “Okay, you can take it down to 26 now, that’s what you wanted.”
Brilliant announcer math of the day, at Cambridge. “Here’s comes the 1980 crew, they rowed together in 1980. (Pause) That’s 22 years ago.”
Coxswain to crew entering last mile: “Remember your inner ogre.”
Magazine Beach announcer: “And here comes crew #xx, rowing at a 27; you better pick it up out there if you want to do well in this race!”
Anderson bridge spectator during the men’s youth eight: “Ouch.”
From Robin Miller: (just before the eliot bridge) "Let's give them a hand because they made it this far" (and, no, this was not an international crew that had traveled a long way to be at the race)
From Jason Weinstein: Heard announcer around Week's Bridge say about my boat "here's #xx, they're really taking the scenic route around this turn."
From Becky Adam: Overheard from a couple who had been sitting in front us for over an hour at Weeks bridge, "It's nice to get to see all the boats in this parade, but when does the racing start?"
From Blake Schiller: I sat 5 seat in my youth 8...This is what our cox had to say towards the end of the 2nd mile: "Starboards hit it hard!...we're gonna hit the dock!"
Last but definitely not least, from Nick Mathers: Unfortunately, I didn't hear any real good comments this weekend, but I do have a funny story about how our own coxswain dislocated his shoulder.
We were racing in the light 8 and were overtaking the crew in front of us (I don't remember what portion of the race this was, although I think it was coming out of the Eliot Bridge).
Our cox started yelling at the crew to yield and was violently flinging his arm out to the side, pointing at the Cambridge side of the course so the stroke of the other boat could see where we wanted them to move to. He was gesturing so wildly in fact that he popped his shoulder out of its socket. What we heard was, "Yield, yield, arrrrggghhh!!!" He began to hyperventilate and was mumbling commands for the next half-minute or so, then regained his composure, told us he just dislocated his shoulder and continued to steer a perfect course, allowing us to nip the crew we were overtaking on the last turn.
We ended up having to sit in the finish area while our stroke seat put the cox's shoulder back in place. All we could really tell the other boats rowing back (from our race and the women's light 8+ after us) was that "we broke our coxswain."
-Nick Mathers Nereid Boat Club
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