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9th Seat is the brainchild of Mary Whipple, Olympic gold medalist coxswain of the US women’s eight. Here you’ll find informative blog posts, tips and tricks, and opportunities to learn from the best!


2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH is the bonus location for the fourth location of The 9th Seat’s 2015 Coxswain Clinic Series. The Cleveland Rowing Foundation is hosting the clinic and I can’t wait to see their boathouse and all eight of their rowing clubs and boats under one roof.

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Sruthi G.- Hi! I am a high school coxswain, and I was wondering if you would be hosting any other clinics

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2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Springfield, VA/DC area - 01/15/15


Virginia and DC area is the second stop for the 2015 Coxswain Clinic Series. With the help of West Springfield Spartan Crew, The 9th Seat is headed back east. I’ve given many coxswain clinics in the DC area and the rowers and coxswains there never disappoint!

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Charlie- Are you planning to host any clinics in the Philadelphia area in 2015 - 2016? Would love to

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2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Boston, MA - 01/08/15


Last year’s Boston clinic was a blast so it was a no brainer to come back. This year I’m adding a special second session for coxswains who want to take their leadership skills to the next level. The full day experience is designed to give coxswains a glimpse of what topics and skills are covered during my week long Coxswain Leadership Camp.

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Olivia Lonski- Hi! I am a junior coxswain,and I was wondering if you were going to be hosting another camp

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2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Madison Wisconsin - 12/23/14


Winter is here which means for coxswains it is time to dust off their clipboards, get new running shoes, and brush up on your stereo management skills. Or it means to take the time to reevaluate your spring time goals, your leadership style, and your technical eye. I’ve designed a new and improved coxswain clinic format that I’m excited to share to the whole rowing community!

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Tim- Useful info. Lucky me I discovered your site unintentionally, andd I'm surprised why this coincidence

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University of Washington Women’s Junior Rowing Camp - 03/24/14

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The 9th Seat is not just for coxswains 😉 I’m expanding my summer camp program to include two-one week rowing camps that will allow junior athletes a chance to train like a national team athlete at the University of Washington boathouse, Conibear Shellhouse.

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Mary Whipple- Hi Tanya, The age range for my Coxswain Leadership Camp in Seattle is 14-18. Your daughter

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2015 San Diego Crew Classic Coxswain Clinic - 03/14/13

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I’ve always wanted to offer coxing clinics at the San Diego Crew Classic because it is a tough but rewarding course to navigate. I’m offering two options: (1) small group session and (2) One-on-one session. Kick off this racing season right and get dialed!

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Vesa Ivanovic- Become an athlete is not easy i think...but thats the way i live it...thanks for tips...

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How to be a better coxswain? Become an Athlete. - 06/16/12

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Becoming more athletically minded will help you be a better coxswain. This summer choose to be a better athlete. Here is my attempt at becoming a better athlete by learning to be a smarter runner and dead lifter!

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Coxswain as Pop Culture!!! Winter Training makes it to “Best Week Ever!” - 02/22/11

So I found this today and pretty much laughed out loud.  I’m in between practices in Oklahoma City and for some reason Googled, “Coxswain.”  I found this post on the 3rd out of 12 O’s in Google. Many coxswains ask me how they can work on their skills during winter training…well this coxswain shows us how!  What I like about…

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Something for the coxswains - 02/10/10

Are you looking for a new kind of activity, something energetic and outdoorsy? Have you ever wanted to give rowing a go, but lack guidance from a trained expert to enable you maximum result? Now you can! With experts at The 9th Seat you will get excited about spending your days in a canoe. Tips from the best The http://9thseat.com/…

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Ergs don’t float so why should coxswains without a PFD?! - 11/03/09


Hi Everyone, I just got an e-mail from Peter giving me a heads up on a very serious topic.  To sum up the point make sure your coach’s launch has a life jacket for you too!  Check out what Peter says. Hi Mary, It came to my attention during a safety audit that the US Rowing recommended “crash box” has…

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