Coxswain

Captain

Skipper

Helmsman

guide the rowers

guide the boat

know their limits

push them

break them

keep them moving

encourage

correct

and fight

Stroke Seat

A leader

a guide

a competitor

one two three

four!

Hit the mark

set the rating

in two

up two

A shake of the head

a blink of the eye

silent communication

do it again

Seven Seat

The backup

a pessimist

half of a whole

Matching up

one mind

one person

one stroke

Transfer the movement

protect the lead

watch her back

Six Seat

Serious and strong

Enforcer of rate

Bridge between

leaders

and followers

power like no other

oars creak

with every stroke

bending under forces

unbelievable

Five Seat

A lover

a pleaser

a doer

snaps to attention

focuses in

wants to make "dad" proud

a favorite happy child

without even realizing

just loves to smile

every stroke

every picture

every win

Four Seat

An engine

the power house

makes the work look easy

stays quiet

and thoughtful

causes to be forgetful

has to count

or end up lost

but sweet and charming

in a special kind of way

Three Seat

Forever the threetard

with only one job

press

press

press

Rip the blade through the water

without any thought

and fazed by nothing

not pain

not wrath

(not lack of technique)

just bred to row

and never to stop

Two Seat

High energy

High spirits

excited

elated

euphoric

Never a bad piece

Never a bad day

a ball of sunshine

an optimist

Everyone has done well

the piece was great

the water was great

rowing is great

life is great

Bow Seat

Balance

precision

not the biggest

or the strongest

but

most focused

and technical

but

only when rowing

A cynical comedian

on the frontlines

of the battle

of the regatta

First to live

or first to die