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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!

Taking off at the start of the 2011 Lucerne World Cup

5 Mistakes Coxswains Make When First Getting Back into the Boat

March is when most crews who have been frozen off the water start getting back into boats. Avoid making these 5 common mistakes and redefine yourself for this coming racing season. Get the boat you want and deserve.

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Word of the day for Monday, July 20th | Fancy Notions- […] Talk Like A Sailor Day? You could get a group of old salts in a rap battle with a

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What the Heck is a Coxswain? By Daniel Cohen - 08/15/10

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A couple of months ago Daniel Cohen sent me an article that he wrote for his school newspaper.  I thought I’d share it with you because I liked how Daniel explained what the coxswain does and what we are in charge of.  I always like hearing other coxswain’s take of what we do and how we do it.  The moment…

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Transferring to a new program…help? - 08/31/09


Q: Unfortunately I will not be coxing for my college next year because I am transferring to a new college.   I spoke with the coach at my new college and he said that I would be able to come out for the team in the fall.  He said there are 2 senior coxswains, 3 sophomores, and 3 freshman so there will be a lot of competition…

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Matt- Hi MWhip, I'm brand new to rowing and my first race is in 10 days. I'm just very nervous

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Calling all Rookies! - 03/19/09

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My definition of a Rookie in rowing is anyone training on the varisty squad for their first time. Rookie year was the hardest yet funnest.  It was my Sophomore year of college which was my first year on varsity. It was a year of a lot of learning the hard way…making mistakes and trying not to make the same ones again all while…

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