Someone had mentioned earlier about shifting the 'ride' of their shell by
putting the strongest in the bow pair...which is exactly correct.
Generally, your strongest rowers tend to be your heaviest, and the extra
power they can put down is offset by their weight, which of course, drives
the bow down into the water; not good.
Putting your strongest in the box does make a drastic improvement in your
ability to 'steer' when working with novice crews, or docking, etc.. but
(in my opinion), changes in direction should be effected as an entire
boat, rather than by beating one of your bow pair into a pulp. Everyone
always has just a little bit more they can give for just a little bit to
effect a balanced, controlled and smooth 'corner.'
Any other thoughts?