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Head of the Charles, Mich Term 2003

BPBC Head Of The Charles Crew (Club VIIIs)

BPBC 1st men's VIII
bow Clive Ponsonby 2 Graham Fisher
3 Unknown 4 Unknown
5 David Lowish 6 Jon Bevan
7 Rich Dewire str Maris Goldmanis

Coxed by: Kate MacGregor

42nd out of 53
Time: 17:17.48
[as with Dan's notes, we'll update this with something more substantial in due course]
We took a larger and, on the whole, better-prepared squad to the HOCR than in previous years, but with some top talent siphoned off into the IV (witness their storming result) and a clash of British and American rowing styles, the VIII were up against it from the word go.

Starting 22nd, we had the fellow Brits of Hild Bede BC behind us. They were soon overhauled by Milwaukee RC (who would have finished in the Top 10 had it not been for a time penalty) and before long the Yanks were up with us too. They eventually squeezed past us coming into Weeks Bridge, but didn't leave much room and a blade clash resulted. All fun and games for the crowds on the bridge!

Despite having been overtaken and having heard nothing of the crew in front (Arsenal Diner Chow Hounds, moving away swiftly to finish 8th), that first portion of the race had been pretty solid - certainly a cut above our last-minute practice outings.

Through the middle mile, holding a good rhythm started to become a bit more of a struggle and we were passed by the Boston University crew who had started 25th.

Hild Bede had crept up to well within their starting distance on us and must have scented the possibility of overtaking us. That, of course, would never do, and so in the closing stages Maris cranked the rate up to 35. Some of us being less fit than others, we nevertheless just about managed to keep up with the pace and moved away from the Durham boat, restoring a decent stretch of clear water.

All things considered, 42nd was quite a long way short of the result we would have been looking for when we embarked on things this year, but under the circumstances it was nothing to be ashamed of. We'll be back next year posting a much faster time.

Many thanks to our subs (HW, of Harvard Business School, and Rob Jagnow, of Riverside BC - the latter having to row on the wrong side at no notice), and to our cheerleader-in-chief (one Mrs E. Ponsonby). (Graham Fisher)

1. Middle of the boat
2. Still in the dark...
3. Only Dave finds time...

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