Rowing’s enduring Boston-Philly rivalry flared in February as the New England Patriots prepared to meet the Philadelphia Eagles with a good-natured social media skirmish breaking out between organizers at the Head of the Charles and the Head of the Schuylkill regattas. The friendly back-and-forth, which included some inspired Photoshop work, led to a bet in which the losing team agreed to donate $152—a nod to the 52nd Super Bowl—to the winner’s local water/park clean-up organization. “Rivalries may set the stage,” tweeted @hosr, “but teamwork and camaraderie always win.”
Days at the course offer plenty of down time, but it doesn’t have to be wasted time. Like coaches, coxswains must also be scholars of the sport. Fortunately, there is a lot they can learn by watching and listening to other crews. Technique and tactics, in particular, are elements that can be gleaned with patience and a watchful eye.