The Club's Results

Lent Term 2004

4th men's VIII

Robinson Head (Lower VIIIs)

3rd in Lower VIIIs
Time: 9:49
If results are to be believed, we rocked! It felt good, but I'm a bit shocked! (Neil)
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Pembroke Regatta (College lower VIIIs), 4th Lent VIII (with subs at 2, 5 and cox)

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Lent Bumps, 4th Lent VIII

Tuesday
Rowed over Head
Well, we turned up to find Corpus II behind hadn't bothered. So Hughes Hall got a technical bump and with Kings II bumped pretty quickly by a strong looking Queens III crew, there was a lot of clear water behind. So a reasonably nice firm row to the finish, good practise given that this was the first time the whole had rowed together.

PS. I say to the finish, but it went some way beyond. Someone forgot to tell Honey, who was still calling pushes after the railings. Once she gets going, there's no stopping that girl! :-) (Andy)
Tuesday
Bumped Clare Hall as sandwich boat
Having shivered through a good part of an hour (it's a lot wetter at 2 than the cox's seat...) while waiting for our next division, it was a bloody relief to get moving again. A few shenanigans getting onto station, not helped by the crosswind and the proximity of the lock, but got there in the end.

Pretty good start, possibly our best of the day. Can't really say much else from where I was. Apparently we closed on Clare Hall pretty quickly, but didn't personally notice until overlap. I think that whenever I heard something with the word length in it, I assumed it was us rowing short, rather than the distance to go. Still we bumped them shortly after the motorway bridge, held it up, I turned around and lo and behold there they were! Woohoo! My first bump (as a rower :-) (Andy)
Wednesday
Bumped Caius III
A good start saw us close half a length on Caius III and leave the unknown quantity of Hughes Hall for dead. They held us until the motorway bridge, but we began to close in on them slowly after that. We were about 3/4 of a length away when carnage forced us to easy.

The re-row was promt, but not prompt enough to leave any feeling in my fingers whatsoever. The whole crew must have had a similar problem as a reltively poor start only saw us hold station, or perhaps even lose distance. The story after that was similar though, as we slowly began to reel them in. A few big pushes coming up to first post saw us close from a little over a length to about 1/4. A bump looked likely, until the Caius cox spotted a bumped out Homerton on the bank and steered for them at race pressure. Carnage ensued and for the second time we had to hold it up. All I can say is that I hope no-one was injured too badly. The verdict was a technical bump in our favour, and I think we earned it.

This has been the coldest day of my life. (Keith Noble-Nesbitt)
Friday
Bumped Sidney Sussex II
Peterhouse II took longer to hit Sidney II than they did Caius III so we expected a harder row than Wednesdays trip to the gut. Having briefly flirted with the idea of an all out sprint, we settled on our tried and tested formula of striding to something sustainable and then putting in a lot of pushes, aiming to run them down before ditton.

That was the plan, except Simon at stroke forgot to stride.

After assesing first hand our ability to sprint another stride was called, and this one happened. We began began to move up on Disney appreaciably after the motorway brigde. Some big pushes before first post corner saw us close much of the gap, but they held us until the gut. Honey forced her way onto the inside before grassy, and when I saw their stern well to my left out of the corner of my eye I hoped we may pull a cheeky overtaking manouver at grassy. Sadly my blade then hit their stroke mans blade, their boat and their cox, so they conceded.

It was a tough row and we gave a lot to get the bump, but at least today was far warmer! (Keith Noble-Nesbitt)
Pretty good start and a solid row after.

Long row leading to a bump in the gut more satisfying than bumping under motorway bridge. But less fun. I am uncertain which one I prefer yet. (Andy)
Saturday
Bumped Girton II
Peterhouse II hit Girton II before the motorway bridge. True to form, it took us longer! Despite one of our most panicked starts (rating 37 AFTER the stride???) we moved quickly and got the bump a little way past the bridge. One of my last strokes of the bumps was either an air stroke or I hit their stern. Im not sure but either way they conceded.

Blades :o) (Keith Noble-Nesbitt)

1. Clare Hall concede t...
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3. Rounding Ditton COrner
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