Caroline Moynihan, Freshman Coxswain at Head of the Charles

For the Head of the Charles I tagged along with Caroline Moynihan, who after three weeks was coxing the men’s eight varsity boat in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Below you’ll find the multimedia piece from the day as well as the five images used for the story.

Here’s the video:

Caroline Moynihan, Freshman Coxswain of the Middlebury Varsity Men's Eight for the Head of the Charles Regatta

October 21, 2012 – Caroline Moynihan, the new freshman coxswain for the Middlebury varsity men’s eight boat at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, studies a map of the course before race time. Moynihan, who began coxing just three weeks ago, said she was “very nervous” about her first big race. According to former Assistant Coach Evan Doyle, “The race can be won or lost by the coxswain” due to the course’s many technical turns. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – Freshman coxswain Caroline Moynihan, right, directs the Middlebury varsity men’s eight team as they move their sweep boat to the water prior to racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest 2-day rowing event. Moynihan, who had only been coxing for three weeks prior to the race, said, “The hardest thing will be focusing on both the steering and motivation. I might not say as much to them because I’ll be focusing but hopefully I can balance it out.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – The Middlebury varsity men’s eight boat, coxed by freshman Caroline Moynihan at left, begins the trip from the dock to the starting line prior to their race in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. Moynihan had been coxing for just three weeks prior to the race. “The coxswain is there to correct their technique because I have the best view obviously,” she said. “But it’s very challenging because I’m not quite sure what the right technique is yet. I’m picking it up but I’m still figuring it out.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – The Middlebury varsity men’s eight boat, coxed by freshman Caroline Moynihan, rows by the Cambridge Boat Club before passing beneath the Eliot Bridge near the end of the three-mile Head of the Charles Regatta course on Sunday. This particular bend in the river is infamous for being hard to maneuver, and many boats crash into either each other or the struts of the bridge each year. According to the Head of the Charles website, the event attracts over 9,000 athletes and more than 300,000 spectators during the course of the weekend. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – Middlebury freshman coxswain Caroline Moynihan, center, is hoisted for a group photo by members of her men’s varsity eight boat, from right, Alex Coblin, Dustin Weigl, Mike Koniares, Will Peterson (blocked), and Spencer Burch as Connor Gomez, left, looks on. The boat placed in thirteenth place of 37 competitors, a good showing that guarantees them a spot in the race next year. Moynihan, who only began coxing three weeks beforehand, said of the race, “It was a lot of fun. A lot more fun than I expected.” Head Coach Noel Wanner, who followed the boat along the shoreline by bike, was very pleased with Moynihan’s performance despite her inexperience: “She’s pretty special I think.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

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