The Club's Results

University IVs 2003

1st Men's Coxed IV (1st division)

Coxed by: Rachel Munro

Qualifying
Beat Jesus I (30.1s)
We marshalled in good time and processed down to the start after the women's races had drifted by. After spinning and pulling in to the bank, we were informed that the idiot in the grey barge was afloat and causing the races to be held up. After about a 15 minute wait, the aforementioned vessel hove into view and proceeded to crawl past the marshalled crews.
Eventually we set off. Lining up in the strong crosswind didn't prove too difficult, but Jesus had a few problems. As soon as both crews had a semblance of straightness, Laura gave the "Attention ... GO !" and we were off. A powerful relaxed draw was followed by a quick loose wind, and we proceeded to move outside distance on Jesus up First Post Reach. Moving into the Gut and around Grassy, we were cornering so well that Rachel had to call bowside to lighten up for a couple of strokes in the middle of Grassy. We held it together down past the Plough and then moved round Ditton with Jesus floundering in our wake. As we moved into the 30 knot gusts of headwind up the long reach, we had about 10s or so on the opposition, but we stormed up the reach, albeit a little spackily, and increased our lead to about half a minute by the railway bridge.
After watching Catz finish the previous race, Convey apparently looked up and said "Where's Jesus ??" as we came past a lot sooner than the finish marshals had been expecting with Jesus out of sight round the bend. (Matt)
1st round
Lost to Peterhouse (10s)
Rowing against half the Peterhouse May VIII was always going to be tricky. On the way down we managed two of our best starts yet and the real thing lived up to expectations. A strong and technical row down First Post Reach and through the Gut resulted in being just outside station on Peterhouse. Moving into Grassy, Rachel realised that the rudder was not having enough of the desired effect due to some bits of tree we'd picked up. We lost further ground around Grassy and Ditton before deciding to take it up a bit coming down the reach. With immense amounts of power going down, we absolutely flew up the reach, but it appeared that the Peterhouse crew had also pushed and we couldn't quite catch up what we'd already lost in the first half of the race.
Our best row of the week, but sadly, not quite good enough to win on the day. (Matt)

1. Peterhouse easing ou...
2. Turning into Grassy ...
3. Roughly on station i...
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