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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!


Stake Boats 101

Racing season is upon us and the long winter training months are finished.  Bring on the Spring and bring on the racing.  The start of a race for me is the most fun because as coxswains, we don’t get to see the flag drop.  By the time we hear the official saying, “Go,” the rowers are already in motion if…

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You Ready? Are you sure? - 03/13/09


I was on the water the other day and noticed that many coxswains who want to get their boat moving quickly forget to make sure that their  rowers are actually ready.  Just because you want something to happen doesn’t mean it is going to happen when you say, “Ready, Row!” To get more bang for your buck, make sure you…

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How to Balance a Frosh boat - 03/12/09


There was a question that got sent in asking how to help keep a freshman boat balanced… Q: Do u have any info on how i can help my freshmen boat to keep better balance? A: When yelling, “Set the boat,” isn’t enough and there is an important fact that simply yelling those words will not work unless you tell…

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