It is almost time to get back on the water. Do you remember the things the coxswain might say?
Here are a couple of standard “on the water” phrases/words:
“READY TO ROW!” Command to begin rowing. Cox will generally gives specifics of warmup or drill, otherwise rowers row regularly on hearing the final command, Row. “All four, Sit ready to row. Row!”
“SQUARE ON THE READY” Used by cox to clarify at what part of the command the rowers are to square their blades. In windy weather or heavy current it may not be feasible to “square up” until the final command “Row!”. In calm weather it is more feasible to square up early so that all rowers are assured of catching at the same time.
“HOLD WATER!” or “CHECK IT DOWN!” Coxswain call that makes the rowers drag their oar blades through the water perpendicularly, effectively stopping the boat. “All four, Hold Water!”
“HOLD (PORT or STARBORD)” Having only one side check their blades results in a turn to that side. Having one side hold while the other rows will turn the boat tightly. “Port, Hold!” “Port to hold, starboard to row. Ready to row. Row.”
“LET IT RUN!” “LET IT GLIDE!” Coxswain call for all rowers to stop rowing and to pause at the finish oars off the water, letting the boat glide through the water and coast to a stop. Used as a drill to build balance. This command is used in some programs interchangeably with weigh enough although originally it meant something different. “All Four, Let it run!”
“POWER 10 (or 20 or 30 etc.)” Coxswain call to take a certain number of power strokes. A power stroke is a stroke that musters all the strength you can give. “Power 10 in two, One! Two!”
“WEIGHENOUGH!” Coxswain call to have all rowers stop rowing with blades dragging on water. Call actually sounds like “waynuff”. “In Two Weigh Enough. One! Two!”
“SLOW THE SLIDE” or “ADJUST THE RATIO” Used to correct either a rush or sluggishness on the recovery. The ratio compares the time used by the hands away from the body motion to the slide speed. “Stroke Slow the slide.”.
“BACK IT DOWN” Row backwards. The blades do not need to be turned around in the oarlocks although they can be. “Bow four, back it down”
“DOWN AND AWAY” Push the hands down fully at the finish to give the blade more height off the water. “Number Three, hands down and away!”
“QUICK HANDS AWAY” –The down and away motion after the finish should be executed quickly to maintain balance. This is often easy for the coxwain to see.
“EARLY” A part of a stroke is early. By itself, the word usually refers to the catch timing. “Number Six, you’re early.!”
“FINISH TIMING” A reminder to the crew to align their finish times. “Five, watch your finish timing.”
“FEATHER” Roll the blades to the feather position. “All eight to feather, in two. One! Two!”
“LAYBACK” Go to the layback position. “All eight to layback.”
“PADDLE THROUGH” Row at no pressure or to stop the drill/ piece. Instructing one side to paddle through will turn the boat to that side assuming the other side is rowing regularly.”All eight, Paddle through.” “Port, Paddle through!”
“LATE” A part of the stroke is late. By itself, the term usually refers to the catch timing. Do not use this over and over without explaining which part of the stroke is late and how to correct it. “Three, you’re late.”
“SQUARE” Make the blade perpendicular to the water. “All Four, On the Square!”
“TOUCH IT UP” Someone to row gently to align or position the boat better. “Bow, touch it up.