Yaz Farooq teams up with Head Of The Charles® Regatta Chairman of Rules and Appeals
Committee, John Lambert, for the clinic “How to Cox the Perfect Head Race” at the
Head Of The Charles®. As they have every year since 2002, Yaz and John will help
coxswains tackle the twists and turns of America's toughest head race and gear up
for head racing season. This year Yaz will again share video examples from the coxswain
seat and from shore, and John will demonstrate how to handle traffic through bridges
and avoid penalties.
Whether you're a veteran cox or a novice you'll learn techniques for better race
calling, smart tactical moves in high-pressure situations and how to effectively
pace your team. Handouts will include specifics on effective steering and the HOCR
course itself. If you attended last year it's worth coming back. Coaches are welcome.
Officially sanctioned and STRONGLY recommended by the Head of the Charles® Regatta.
The Clinic will feature:
o Video shot from the coxswain seat and shore.
o Tactical adjustments to handle the big turns and bridges when in heavy traffic.
o Stroke by stroke instructions for nailing the Weeks Bridge turn
o Detailed diagrams that illustrate how to avoid penalties and collisions.
o Course and warm-up patterns explained in detail.
o How to effectively steer a bowloader in a head race.
o Head racing steering, strategies, pacing, Q&A.
Reviews from past clinics:
“I wish I had this clinic four years ago when I first raced here--would have saved
me a ton of headache. This was fabulous. THANK YOU!”
“Thank you. The clinic was very helpful for the nerves. Even though the Charles is
my home course, one can never be prepared enough.”
“Really expert knowledge which can be useful to all coxswains at all levels.”
This year there will be two sessions:
Session #1: Friday, October 17th (12:00pm - 1:30pm)
Session #2: Saturday, Oct. 18th (8:00am - 9:30am)
*Clinic booklets will be provided for each session. Also door prizes from COXSWAINation
and Nielsen-Kellerman! Clinics will start on time and will last 90 minutes.
Cost is $15 per person at the door, or Pre-Register below.
If you are pre-registering, print your receipt & bring it with you to the clinic.
If you are pre-registering multiple people, please try to show up as a group to make
it easier on the registration desk at the clinic.
*If you pre-register, please attend. NO REFUNDS! Credit Cards will be accepted at
About Yaz Farooq:
Yaz was the Women's 8+ cox on the U.S. Team from 1989 to 1996, winning three World
Championship silver medals and one gold in that time. She competed in the 1992 and
1996 Olympics. Yaz's favorite race is the Head of the Charles—a regatta her crews
have won numerous times.
Yaz lived in Boston from 1989-1992 while training for the U.S. Team and says that
she put in so many miles on the Charles that the course has been permanently etched
in her brain. Yaz began rowing at the University of Wisconsin in 1984, and raced
the Head Of The Charles® for the first time in 1985. She currently serves as the
Head Women’s Rowing Coach at Stanford University.
About John Lambert:
John first started rowing at Christ's College, Cambridge, England in 1969. He moved
to Boston in 1982 and soon became a member of Cambridge Boat Club, eventually serving
as Club President from 1996-98. John has rowed for CBC in every Head Of The Charles®
since 1986, and is a member of an active group of CBC masters sweep rowers that regularly
competes in European "Head" races. John has been involved in the Head Of The Charles®
regatta organization in some capacity ever since first volunteering in 1983, and
currently serves as a Managing Director on the Board of Head Of The Charles, Inc.
John oversees the Rules and Appeals for the regatta.