A fun 400m sprint regatta held by the boathouses
Sun 12th May
Three First and Third crews win pots!
The men's third VIII won their four races in the 'Men's lower VIIIs' division to win their event and take home handsome peuter tankards (known in the jargon simply as 'pots'!) Also successful were John Earl and Neil Talbott in Hambleden (the club's coxless pair) and a First and Third / Black Prince boat club composite women's IV.
Slightly cruelly the 5th boat had to content with the 3rd boat, who, it turned out, were on a bit of a mission. This was mainly a success for the Lower Boats Captains ability to select crews! To be fair, 5 looked very solid and have improved alot this term. They remain committed and enthusiastic and are a pleasure to coach.
FaT 3 had a fantastic start and so did Sidney Sussex. Then we began to pull away and things looked even better. THEN (after some aggressive coxing by Chris) things looked brilliant as SS spakked straight into the side. No problems! A win, and Pots for the 3rd VIII! (Dan)
If anything was going to go wrong, it was probably going to happen on the first stroke. Fortunately, the first stroke was class and we scorched into the lead. At half-way, with X-Press trailing in our considerable wake, John thought we should stride it out a bit, and assuming that I was thinking something along the same lines said 'up to you'. Unfortunately I heard 'Up 2!' which we duly did, to rousing applause from our boathouse. We sailed over the finish line with X-Press barely in sight to win Senior 2 and my second pot of the day. (Flying)
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