The Club's Results

Lent Term 2004

1st women's VIII

Cambridge Head-2-Head (2nd division)

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Newnham Short Course (1st division)

3rd
Time: 7:56
Know idea what the ladies thought of their race but I think this is an excellent result and bodes well for the rest of this term! Congratulations girls. (Dan)
Having not rowed in that particular crew order before, and having struggled even to get the boat house in the wind, few of us expected great things from today, but were pleasantly suprised. We had a pretty powerful start, and pushed up a little into Catz. Things went down hill a little form there, and the wind on the reach was nearly the end of us, but the power and determination was there for the duration. (jo)
Congratulations girls! For what was efectively a scratch crew and in appalling conditions the crew had a great row. The start was especially good, feeling powerful and together, and, although it tailed off as the race went on, I'm really pleased with the performance and the well-earned result. (Aileen)
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Lent Bumps

Wednesday
Rowed over
I think it's fair to say that today was a bit disapointing in the end. We had a great start and after our first stride (!), settled on 36 heading into the Motorway bridge. We flew towards first post corner, slightly gaining on Pembroke.
After a lovely tight line through first post corner, we continued to gain on Pembroke towards Grassy, and heard our first whistles as we pulled out of Grassy.
We continued to gain on Pembroke along Plough Reach and as we entered Ditton corner we had decreased the distance to half a length.
However, when it came to Ditton corner, we had technical problems that pushed us out of the racing line and lost us about half a length.
We recovered and got moving again on the Reach, but Pembroke had moved away and we were unable to get close again.
Bring on tomorrow.... (Aileen)
Thursday
Rowed over
Gained half a length off the start, settled nicely into a lovely, more controlled stride and then got our first and second whistles before the plough. We had overlap heading into Ditton but Pembroke pulled away slightly just before the corner avoiding the bump. We pulled it back in the reach and our bows were "dancing" either side of their stern all the way to the railway bridge. But somehow we couldn't finish it off. Still no bump but a much better row overall. Frustrating. (Aileen)
Friday
Rowed over
I think that today really drove home the disappointment of yesterday. We had a reasonable start, and did close on Pembroke, but not fast enough. They hit Queens pretty swiftly, meaning we had to easy briefly, then pick it up again for the long and lonely slog home. Not a spectacular row, but we would have needed much more speed to have stood a chance of hitting them on time. (jo)
Saturday
Bumped Queens'
We rowed the same as yesterday. We hit Queen's just past the Motorway bridge. Job done. (jo)

1. Paddling home bedeck...
2. Setting off home
3. Julie looking happy
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Women's Head of the River Race (Senior3 VIIIs)

115th overall, 8th Cambridge college crew
Time: 21:15.7
Due to illness, the crew that entered WeHORR had not rowed together before boating from Sons of the Thames today. Given this, and the inexperience of the crew (all but one of us were tideway virgins), I was very pleased with the first half of the race. After a slightly inexpert stride we managd to hit a pretty nice rhythm and were overtaking crews in no time. We had a exciting double overtaking manoeuvre under [the 2nd lamp-post of] Hammersmith bridge as we squeezed between Emma B (cambs) and I'm not sure who, which Honey handled superbly.
After that things went a little bit soggy, perhaps as it dawned on us that we were only half way through. A reasonable result though, although personally I am gutted to have been beaten by Tit Hall, and especially Pembroke, by such small margins. Sigh...

PS Sorry- not meaning to sounds so negative- in Jo language reasonable means good, and im not gutted in a 'we didnt do well' way... more in a 'we did great... but look how close we were... again!' way! (jo)
A reasonable result Jo.........? I think it was great!

I think coming 115th is pretty amazing given the pedigree of the competition, the mix-match and the inexperience of the crew we entered. And to be beaten by Tit Hall and Pembroke's *first* crews is nothing to be ashamed of in a scratch crew like todays.

Well done guys!!! (Aileen)
Remember that Pembroke went off in something like the third division, so they will have had more advantage from the tide.

I personally thought we had a pretty solid row today, especially for a crew whose only outing was half the length of the race itself (the row up to the start!). Hopefully we can build on this result next year, when we'll have a better starting number, and make it into the top 100. :)

Good result everyone. (Amelia)

1. From Chiswick Bridge
2. It's a very big rive...
3. Looking superb from ...
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