The Oxford Boat Race Experience – Part 3 of 6

The third short film in a six-part series from the University of Oxford has now been posted, this one detailing the duties and importance of the coxswain in the Boat Race. As former Oxford Blue (and two-time Boat Race winner) Matthew Pinsent points out, this race is perhaps the most demanding rowing race for coxswains in the world–there is so little room for error, and so much to consider. The level of video coverage is unparalleled, and every move can be scrutinized by an international audience. Add to this the changeable nature of the Thames, the winding course, the need to be aggressive about placement and positioning while avoiding a costly clash or a violation, and you begin to understand just how significant a role the coxswain plays on the Tideway.

Follow the links for Part 1 and Part 2 of the series. The 158th Boat Race will take place on 7 April, 2012. For more information, please visit the official website of the Boat Race.


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