To all the rowers out there, just out of interest, how much would you like your cox to weigh?
I know there's a compromise between weight and ability and it's often better to have a slightly heavier cox who actually steers a good line and motivates the crew than someone who might weight much less but isn't anywhere near as competent. But where would you draw the line? Do your clubs have any guidelines?
Also, have they got round to an official minimum cox weight for heavyweight crews yet?
Oxford's a bit weird about all this because with the standard of many lower college crews, the weight of the cox doesn't actually matter, and, at least in my college, it's based a lot more on who's friends with who than on who's actually any good at coxing. And also on who can make the outing times (because they don't do a science degree!).
My college women's first VIII split in to two IV+s for the autumn term 'cause Oxford has a fours regatta, and there's fours head too. The first VIII cox from last year (over 2 stone (28lbs) heavier than me, less motivational (according to the crews- I've never really heard him cox) and less experienced) got the 1st IV+ and I got the 2nd. Weird. Although we beat them at Fours Head and Nephthys regatta so they thought again about that one!
And a question for Oxford people... one of your college coxes is doing squad, and ends up a reserve and comes back to the college boat club with a good month to go before a regatta. Do you give them a first boat or stick with your other less experienced cox? Or say sorry you can't cox at all this term, go away? (It happened to me- I'm not bitter 'cause I defected to Catz and got blades, just interested in what other people would do.)