Another fairly good start and we watched as Walbrook did the same as we had in our Elite heat. The rowing was a little scrappy and they came back at us but we weren't being stretched and thus retained control of the race. (Rose the Twat)
Having been beaten by Cantabs in the final of Elite about an hour before this S2 final, Southampton were looking for a pot. They'd also beaten us in the Elite heat, so were probably fairly confident. We had a blinding start and moved ahead by perhaps 1/3l. Some good rowing in the fairly turbulent harbour saw us maintain this until they put in a strong push at about half way, and drew level. The rowing in the second half was not as good as the first, with a couple of untidy finishes, though never badly stuck in. They lifted for the finish slightly ahead of us and had a lead of a few feet, but our move was eating back into them. Unfortunately JPD was too intent on the push and his blade hit the penultimate buoy (which amusingly they had hit in the final against Cantabs) which gave them the advantage. I'd say this was the closest we came to winning all weekend - the Northwich pair on Saturday had pushed us away more easily coming into the finish. Chatting to the Southampton boys at Ross it seems they've got a 2k average well under 6:20 - I guess ours is ten or fifteen seconds worse - and are hoping to come to Cambridge next year to trial for CUBC, so being just a few feet down (as I suspect the margin would have been) was quite pleasing. (Rose the Twat)
Despite getting virtually no warm up in the boat (it's about 200m to the start and the harbour is too busy with ferries etc. for the marshalls to allow much in the way of high rate work) we had quite a good start and were probably level as we came to the first buoy. Unfortunately, it went past on the wrong side and JPD was forced to steer hard to get us back onto the course. In the process we clipped the second buoy and were by then a good three or four lengths down. The rowing then settled quite nicely and we moved slowly back but the race was well in their control (I can't imagine they were working that hard). (Rose the Twat)
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