This wasn't bad at all. Some joker put me at stroke so I retaliated by forgetting to wind when Emma said 'go' and then taking an air stroke, but after that things settled onto a reasonable rhythm at rate 30 (as ordered by Dewire, of whom I'm still far too scared to even consider disobeying). We experienced a blow-up around Ditton (and apparently an earlier one on the Reach, although I didn't notice that so it was probably me) but lifted for the finish and heroically held off the chasing crew, the gender of which shall remain unidentified.
Most important conclusion: my forearms were in a right mess after the day's first race (with Crokers) and absolutely fine after this one (with Ultralights). If my crew gets Crokers next year I'm stealing the Ultralight spare.
Race cancelled. Time may be work of fiction.
With the exception of Fordy, we were very well prepared for this race, having spent varying but long periods of our recent lives not rowing. We were pleased that this hard work was rewarded by the race cancellation, and that we broke the course record in spite of this.
1st invitational 3rd VIII, 29th overall
We beat the novices. By 6 seconds (but who's counting?).
My first outing on bowside since last year's Fairbairn Cup. And it showed as I did justice to my placement in the 3-seat with some decidedly dodgy bladework; poor Martin at 2 was completely drenched in Cam water before we'd even started the wind ...
Probably could have rated a bit higher than we did and gone a bit faster (above 30 would have been nice). At least we beat the FaT Novices' and BPBC Women's crews, and were the fastest 3rd VIII in the competition...
We were the only 3rd VIII in the competition. And Matt was splashing so much on bow side that about 15 strokes into the race I had to have a go at him.
Nevertheless, it was fun to be on the river and racing again. Particularly enjoyed the 'new race' call at Ditton.
Hope to go faster next year. 6 seconds is far too close for comfort!