This month’s guest coach is Lori Dauphiny. Lori is thehead coach of women’s rowing at Princeton University.
Lori has been coaching there for 14 years and is very active in the rowing community. She is a member of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association board. She was named Eastern Sprints “Coach of the Year” in 1997 and regional “Coach of the Year” in 1999 and 2000. She has also been involved with 5 national teams.
Currently Lori is engaged to Ed Hewitt, the czar behind that fab Web site “row2K.” I was lucky enough to grab Lori for a few minutes during her busy schedule.
Q. In terms of maximum boat speed, how important do you think rigging is?
A. I do not believe rigging will make the boat fast, however, it is important to rig it right so that you can get the most out of your crews.
Q. How much time do you devote to rigging per week during the season?
A. Well, I rig more during the season than any other time. If a crew is moving fast, I rig very little just check it before races. If a crew is slow, I mess with the rig often, maybe 4 hours a week. I will try everything possible.
Q. What is your favorite part of rigging?
A. Doing it right. It is a blast to rig a boat, maybe make a few adjustments that allow the athlete to feel more comfortable and then see the difference out in practice.
Q. What is your least favorite part of rigging?
A. Rigging a grimy, dirty boat that has rowed in salt water and corroded. It is impossible to loosen parts and half of the time they crumble in your hands.
Q. Do you have one rigging tip that you would like to share with the readers?
A. Have a system and plenty of time. The more I rush, the more mistakes I make.