The Club's Results

Fairbairn Cup 2002

2nd men's VIII (Lower VIIIs)

Coxed by: Rachel Munro

21st; 2nd of 9 college 2nd VIIIs
Time: 15:58
D'oh. Reasonably good row, but the scum beat us to the title by 2 seconds.

We took down the following 1st eights: Wolfson, Darwin, King's, Clare, Sidney, Girton, CCAT, St Ed's, Pembroke, and Catz (Dubya)
2 seconds. Grrrr. Dodgy Jesuan timing. (Matt)
Given the contrasting rowing careers of the 2nd VIIIs members (drawing from the 1st to 5th May VIIIs & including everything from past captains to a novice) the crew came together very nicely for the race. Some really solid training over three weeks in the VIII gave us some confidence with which to approach it.

Our race plan featured a gradual increase in pressure and worked well - a good rhythm & a relaxed but solid row as far as Chesterton set us up very nicely for a good Reach and bearable corners.

It was a shame to not win anything after we trashed all the 2nd VIIIs out there bar Maggie - their 1st and 2nd VIIIs times were so close that they might well have been matched boats. Nevertheless, it was a pleasing result, beating 10 college first boats and finishing within 40 seconds of our 1st VIII.

Thanks guys, a nice way to end 5 1/2 years' rowing with 1st and 3rd. (Martin)

1. If you shut your eye...
2. Rolling into strokes...
3. Full crew ... Airsho...


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