WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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If a boat is to do well, it needs a coxswain's clear, well-executed strategy in addition to the strength, fitness, and determination of its rowers. To develop that strategy, Inna set out to refresh her memory of the ins and outs of the three-mile course by listening to race audio recorded by coxswains in previous HOCR races. She visualized its sharp turns, shifting winds, and multiple bridges with narrow pas- sages through which many boats would want to enter simultaneously, and the reference points that would be visible to her when she was tucked into the stern of the rowing shell. The first time that the crew rowed on the Charles River together was the night before the HOCR. Inna remembers it as a good prac- tice. The crew was excited to finally be on the course and to enjoy the beautiful Boston sky- line at the finish. Inna felt confident as they paddled back to the Northeastern Boathouse, where the boat they had borrowed from the college was stored. The next morning the crew gathered about an hour before its 1:15 pm race. There wasn't a lot of joking going on or selfies being taken while they waited. Rather, it was a quiet warm 52 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 Head of the Charles M A T T H . W A D E ĥ :DVKLQJWRQ6WUHHW :HOOHVOH\+LOOV WKHSDUORUVDORQDQGDSRWKHFDU\FRP ĥ ĥ W : D V K L Q J W R Q 6 W U H H W H H U W 6 Q R W J Q L K V D : : :D :D V : H O O H V O H \ + L O O V O O L + \ H O V H O O H : :H :H D W K H S D S H K W P D U O R U V D O R Q D Q G S S R W K H F D U \ \ F R P R F \ \ \ U D F H K W R S D G Q D Q R O D V U R O U D

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