The commander of a racing shell
. Usually under 5'5" and weighs no more than 100 pounds. May either sit at the bow
of the shell
. Uses a microphone tool called a cox box
or coxwains box
. It is basically a headset microphone that is plugged into the shell
s speaker system with a guage for stroke rate
on it. The coxwain or cox
rarely uses the command stroke. Instead he/she uses these commands:
1.On the Ready! - command given to rowers telling them to prepare to row.
2.Ready...ROW! - command given for rowers to row.
3.Hold water/Hold - command given to pairs of rowers anywhere in the shell to stick the oar blade in the water and hold it there.
4.Power 10/20/30 etc. - command given to rowers to put full power into the number of strokes called.
5.Weigh Enough! - pronounced Way-nuff, command give to rowers to stop rowing.
6.oh...SHIT STOP, (insert port/starboard here) HOLD - command given when the very expensive racing shell is about to hit something.
Coxwain - Power 30 on 2, 1, 2.
Rowers - ahhh the pain, too many pieces.
Coxwain - you think i enjoy sitting here doing nothing yelling at you guys?
- No... (said sarcastically)