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21.
The elite sport.

Crew is a sport that involves most of the participants pulling on oars that are twelve feetlong and movign them trhough the water to move a racing boat called a shell as quickly as possible. In high school crew, there are two kinds of shells: fours and eights. Fours only have four rowers, each one holding one oar. Eights have the same arrangement but double the number of rowers. The shells themselves are quiet fragile and expensive. Each one easily costing $30,0000 in the low end. New boats are made of carbon fiber, and are unrepairable. The boats themselves are quite narrow, only about two feet wide and had a 2 by 3 foot area of space for the coxswain. The coxswain controls and steers the boat by means of giving commands and using the rudder. The rudder itself is very small and only effective at about racing speeds. It is encased by the skeg which keeps the shell controlable. If your skeg is MIA, you'll know in half a second. Training is intense, an drowers typically are immensely strong, with the average high school varsity being able to bench 130 pounds. Coxswaisn are typically weaker, but some attend the winter conditioning. Crew has diferent sets with its people. The rowers from diferent levels hang out together. The new guys hand with each other, the second years will do the same, and the elder varsity, who are often juniors or seniors hang with each other or some second years. The coxswai also hang separately from the rowers, and are often despised in one way or another. The coxswain gives orders by talking into his microphone which connects to his cox box which connects to the ship intercom system. The box also displays stroke count, strokes per minute, and time. Coxswains are the unsung heroes which actually make the boat. The diference between first and DFL is a good cox. The cox's job is a herculean effort of concentration similar to finding a parking space in the middle of a busy city. He has to keep a shell, which is moving at about 14 miles per hours in periodic bursts of energy on course in a lane with only five feet of error on either side while trying to mind stroke rates, his location, and what the other boats are doing as well as communicating with his stroke what to do. The boats do not turn very well, and once they start turning they are hard to divert, making a powerful mind neccessary for coxing. Rowers have a very hard job since they have to act like one entity with may brains and bodies of varying sizex while tired and rushed often with cold and blisters. In crew, timing is everything. A mistake for one decisecond can be failure, and misjudgement a very costly mistake. Coxswains are often not bad guys, but stay one their goods sides, or they can decide to make you row extra, or some other nasty scheme to humiliate you while you sit powerlessly at your oar. Coxes are also in need of discipline, especially on four shells. These shells are much less stable than eights, and the cox seats are never comfortable. The coxes often have to put up with being very cold, and confined in an uncomfortable position for prolonged periods. After all, they don't make any heat because they are sitting still in a tucked position. Fours have better and faster steering than eights, but are slower and less stable. They are often prefered by more advanced crew members. A lot of animosity can build up between rowers and coxswain, particuarly if the coxswain is an INTP. INTP's are usually not liked by people, and have the misfortune to arouse people's hatred unintentionally. Be good to coxes, or you might end up rowing the whole practice. A crew needs to at least be able to work as a unified whole without killing each other to win. A very bad thing to do to your cox is to say shut up when he has something to say, or to call him an idiot, or to go against his orders. Rowers need to remember that while they are in a boat, they are practiaclly the slaves of the coxswain.
by Molectin April 04, 2009
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1.
the sport of gods, requires constant physical exertion, perfect poise, balance, timing, awareness, brute force, and a sensitive touch.
to err is human, to erg is devine
by ergoff November 12, 2004
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2.
A sport which takes up all excess time
I can't hook up with you, I have crew
by Tine March 16, 2005
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3.
Crew (krü) n. 1. a sport practiced in rowing boats where the participants willfully awake before dawn and run to practice where they spend one to two hours sitting on a hard wood seat and pull on oars to such a level as to cause their bodies to go into oxygen debt, resulting in the formation of lactic acid in their blood, which causes substantial pain and discomfort in all major muscle groups. This activity is usually performed twice a day in the name of fun, and is conducted under the demonic supervision of a person called "Coach" with the help of his trained servant named "Coxswain".
Me: What are you up to spring break?
Kali: Going to texas with Crew. . .growl.
by Jordon (Kali) March 23, 2006
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4.
Crew is like crack. It interferes with your sleep. It destroys your body. It introduces you to totally weird people. It's expensive. It takes you away from the real world and into a fantasy land. You start doing it way too much, as you build up a tolerance. You can't stop. You love it, but you know that you shouldn't. You stick with it, because you have this bizzare idea that life would just not be the same without it.
I can't I have Crew
by gigi louise March 31, 2009
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5.
By far one of the most misunderstood and tight-woven sports known to man. A high-school crew is usually frowned upon as a "cult", due to the immense amount of commitment and unity found amongst the rowers and Cox'ns. By attending and perticipating in regular practices, a rower will develop a well toned, muscular, "Ripped like Jesus" appearance.
Contrary to popular belief, Rowing is not just for the preppy kids. The majority, sadly enough, of crews is made up of preppy kids because of the immense costs of boats and equipment. a single oar costs approximately $250 USD. Boats range in price from $2,500USD. to $250,000+USD.
In the winter and off season, rowers use an erg (see mideval torture machine)for training. A college rower is known to exert his- or herself so far as to vomit while still erging, or even find him-/herself unable to stand.

Ironically, Crew is the only sport derived from a form of capital punishment. (see vikings)
Football player(stereotypical) : You row a straight line, how hard is that?
Rower :Hard. but I'll ignore that comment if you spell Football.
Football player: P-i-g-s-k-i-n
Rower: good boy. *is carried off by a group of ladies.

Student: You're the guy who yells stroke, right?
Cox'n : I yell -At- stroke -seat-.. but no. "stroke" is not a normal call
(Slogan of a local crew team that can only safely hold practices in the morning)

We do more before dawn than you do all day.
by Cox'n June 22, 2006
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6.
Gang, set.
Fuck you and your crew.
by nokianinja October 07, 2002
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7.
Sport in which 1-8 people row a racing shell down a river 1500-2000 meters. Usually takes around 6 minutes to finish. Practice is run by a coach and his ever faithful coxwain. There are 2 types of shells, scullers, in which every rower has 2 oars, and standard, when each rower has 1 oar, port or starbord. During the offseason rowers practice on ergs. Rowers are also known to train as hard as some of the most physical sports there are. A common misconseption is that rowers arms are really strong, little do the public know, that rowers use mainly there legs.
Shit man crew is the greatest sport ever. Damn this sport gave me a sexy body.
by 1337 |-|4x0|2 April 19, 2006
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