The Club's Results

Summer 2003

BPBC 1st men's IV

Molesey Amateur Regatta (Senior3 IV+), BPBC scratch IV+

1st round
lost by a length and half
Time: 3:28
Expectations were not exactly high after previous dire performances. Dom was rowing for the first time in 16 months and I was racing for the first time in 12. The race was obscenely early and owing to the usual faffing we didn;t even manage more than 10 min of practice rowing before the race.

The guy doing the start took about 15 seconds to go from attention to go during which we drifted a little off the straight. To make matters worse our start was simply dreadful as the strokeside riggers became submarine.

We were about a length down after 20 seconds but the rowing began to improve and during the middle third of the race it was clear that our cruising speed was higher than theirs as we pushed back to about a third of a length deficit. I really thought we were going to win at this point but then we had another spectacular shipwreck as we tried to lift the rating at the end. Our fitness then totally ran out and they pulled clear to win fairly comfortably.

I would estimate that we covered the middle third of the course at least 5 seconds faster than the first or last thirds. (Ingram)
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Molesey Amateur Regatta (Senior2 IV+), BPBC scratch IV+

1st round
lost by 2 and a half lengths
Time: 3:21
Having now had some firm pressure experience we hoped this race would be a little tidier. However, we were now in S2 so were likely to be totally outclassed.

Our start was a vast improvement in that the boat remained with 10 degrees of the horizontal and we even held the crew for the first 30 seconds or so as we wound to 42ish and strode to 37. The rate settled down to 35 as dictated by unfitness but we managed to find something approaching a rhythm as the opposition slowly rowed away from us.

We had agreed that if they were clearly better than us then we would just treat it as a piece and so we did, surprisingly managing to maintian the rate at 35 if not the cover.

We had some minor shipwrecks in the middle of the race on some mildly choppy water and our attempt to push the end a bit left the rowing very scrappy as we crossed the line.

However, we reckon we were about 2 lenghts quicker than in the first race so hopefully we can continue to improve and become non-embarrassingly bad by Peterborough. (Ingram)
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