The Club's Results
Lent Term 2003
5th of 22 men's shells
Not a bad scull considering how little I've been doing recently. First Post was taken a bit wide, but managed to keep in the nice rhythm I'd found from about head station. The first 3/4 of Grassy was brilliant, however I decided that I had completed the corner too early (I had noted on the way down to the start that I would be straight when parallel to the green barge, but forgot the colour and went straight on the red one), which then caused a very sharp bowside corner to avoid the bank on the outside. I think the wind was better on that side of Plough Reach, so probably not too bad. It did mean that I had a very tight line into Ditton, and with the shallows on the inside and my digging problem I hit the bottom on three consecutive strokes. When I hit the wind a few strokes later my rhythm was all but destroyed. Fore-arms burning (oops) I made my way up the reach, crossing early to the meadow side for the wind shadow (which wasn't in it's normal position). I crossed too early at Morley's Holt and clipped the bank, but picked up for a Henry-style high-rate-no-length finish.
10th of 22 men's shells
Wide corners at first post, grassy, ditton; bank incidents at gut, peter's posts; crab in first post reach. A quality piece of work indeed.
3rd of 3 men's clinkers
An interesting race in what was at least my seventh ever outing in a scull (and the first in this particular bathtub). My main problem, not helped by the lack of a fin on the boat, was that I couldn't stop the boat going round to bowside, so my trajectory throughout the race was approximately cycloidal. I hit the bank for the first time between the starting marshal and the start line, and regularly thereafter, most notably in First Post Reach, on Grassy and at Morley's Holt, at each of which I was stationary for probably twenty seconds. Never mind, at least I can blame it on the boat.
And at least you didn't lose to Ms Palmer. Yet.