Won by a length and a bit
This wasn't pretty, but by the end of Sunday I think we were getting the hang of 500m racing: take lots of strokes and push hard when the blades happen to be in the water, then hang on for dear life.
Sonya kept us calm on the start and the first few strokes were effective, taking half a length before 100m. I think some members of the crew were finding the "wind to 43, lengthen to 39, hammer it" race plan a bit out of their comfort zones, but the finish stayed clean and we kept moving away, breaking clear by around 250 to row home in some comfort.
Some slightly out of the ordinary tankards for everyone was a nice way to finish off the weekend, thanks to all for a fun weekend, and particularly Sonya, Thornton and Sarah Faull for subbing at varyingly short notice, and to Fletcher and my mum for hanging out/guarding all the electronics/debating rules with umpires!