The Club's Results

Fairbairn Cup 2003

BPBC 2nd men's VIII (Invitation VIIIs)

Coxed by: Ros Liu

24th overall
Time: 16:10
A pleasing result for the crew, whose members had a fair amount of past glory but not so many recent honours (with notable exceptions!).
Our main aim was to take on the FaT low commitment VIII, and leave the beating of 1st VIIIs to our larger friends in BPBC I (although we wouldn't complain about giving any of the first VIIIs, including 1+3, a run for their money). The college chaps had clearly seen the winning methods of BPBC in the past, and taken up the BPBC training mantra, but we outfoxed them this time round by actually having some outings. Rowing in the Karlisch was certainly a blast from the past and although the old girl is maybe getting a little tired and heavy, so are we, and she did us proud yet again.
The race itself went without major incident, rating 32-33 along the course before going for a series of up-ones down first post reach, which had the effect of managing to keep the rate pretty much constant! I was particularly pleased that I started to be in severe pain much later than last year - this year I reckon I made it all the way to Downing boathouse. The reach was probably our best section, and it was here that we made up the ground on our targets ahead, which we then managed to maintain to the end.
Overall, a good day had by all, and a great chance to get to know the current 1+3 members, while further enhancing the glory of "Trinity Boat Clubs Inc."! (Rich)

1. BPBC II from the bridge
2. A couple of strokes ...
3. BPBC II
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