The Club's Results

Lent Term 2004

Single sculls

Cambridge Head-2-Head (Novice 1x), John Earl in his single scull

2nd of 6 Novice 1x
Time: 24:23
Significantly over-geared because I couldn't find a screw driver to adjust the blades. Second half better than the first, as I managed some pushes out of corners which I hadn't had confidence for in the first run. (Dubya)
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Cambridge Head-2-Head (Novice 1x), Chris Ingram in his single scull

3rd of 6 Novice 1x
Time: 25:02
Race downstream went well. I hit a nice rhythm at a not too aerobic rating owing to the quad-geared blades. I had a small altercation overtaking one guy down the reach but otherwise it went to plan and I got another bloke at Ditton to finish in 10:57 - ahead of my highest expectations and faster than several of the women's VIIIs and all but 2 of the singles!

The second leg began even better and I closed again on the guy in front despite having left a large gap. I caught him at Grassy and tucked into the inside to get past. Alas, I got a bit too keen with a tight line and was unable to hear my bank-steerer's increasingly worried warnings as I plouged into a barge at full pressure. The blade quickly crabbed and when the strokeside rigger too began to disappear under said barge whilst water came over the side, I resigned myself to a quick dip. However, I was somehow able to summon up a little more strength and levered myself back up with the blade under the barge.

It took 20 - 30 seconds to extricate myself from this [sculls don't do sideways very well] and I attempted to restart. Alas, I am not as tough as I used to be and my spirit was rather depleted. A series of getting stuck in on strokeside did nothing to help and a couple of full overheads appeared on the reach as I made hard work of re-catching the bloke I was annihilating before. I realise now that the whole levering thing had knocked the pitch off which was a little unfortunate.

As a result my second leg of 14:05 was one of the slowest recorded by anyone all day and faintly embarassing but at least I got one out of three in the intra-FaT challenge! (Ingers)
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2nd Trinity Challenge Sculls (1st division), DJH in his single scull

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2nd Trinity Challenge Sculls (Shell), Andrew Lea-Cox in Stump

11th Men's Shell
Time: 11:38
Well, not my best race ever, but substantially better than last year, even though i've only been in a scull 2 or 3 times since then. I took the scenic route round most of the corners and had a close encounter with the jetty-thing in the gut, but otherwise it felt quite good. (Rupert the Bear)
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2nd Trinity Challenge Sculls (Ladies' Shell), Pia Schaefer in her single scull

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