The Club's Results
Bedford Quarts Regatta, Summer 2003
A 600m side-by-side race on the Ouse in Bedford, from the suspension bridge to the BRC clubhouse
Sun 13th July
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lost to Magdalene (1/3 l)
Magdalene went on to win; however, we were closer to them than the competitors they faced in later rounds, so perhaps the draw could have been kinder to us.
lost to Curlew (1 1/4 l)
1. Margin of defeat
beat Milton Keynes (1/2 l)
Start was ok, although we probably could have settled two pips lower. Our course wasn't dead straight, but luckily neither was the opposition's and thus we managed to meander down the course without crossing the buoys or touching the wall quicker than the Milton Keynes pair.
Out of the eight oarsmen in the semi-finals, only one was not a current Cambridge student...
lost to Wolfson/Darwin (NRO)
By now, Wolfson/Darwin had taken the lead, but had crossed into our lane to do so. As we took it off again, I distinctly heard someone shout "disqualification", and given this and the presence of Darwin/Wolfson two lengths in front in front of us, we paddled to the line to appeal. Annoyingly, the umpires said we weren't impeeded and so the result stood.
On returning to the trailer we noted that the rudder had become set off-straight, explaining the constant drift to bowside.
Despite this result, a very enjoyable couple of races which went surprisingly well. Two lessons:
(a) Always check your rudder strings before each race, not just at the start of the day;
(b) Don't stop rowing flat out until you either cross the finish line or bump the crew that have moved into your lane.
1. Simons in action
2. Simon appeals after ...
Lost to FaT/Kings composite