The Club's Results

Pembroke Regatta, Lent Term 2005

1st women's VIII, The Black Pearl in the White Shell (1st division)

Crew list for 1 race:

1st women's VIII, The Black Pearl in the White Shell
in Denys Lawrence
bow Lilie Weaver 2 Tera Pruitt
3 Danielle Rhydderch 4 Erica Thompson
5 Jane Allison 6 Catherine Aiken
7 Amelia Russell str Pia Schaefer

Coxed by: Jenny Lee

Crew list for 1 race:

1st women's VIII, The Black Pearl in the White Shell
in Denys Lawrence
bow Lilie Weaver 2 Mika Tomczak
3 Danielle Rhydderch 4 Erica Thompson
5 Jo Sampson 6 Catherine Aiken
7 Amelia Russell str Pia Schaefer

Coxed by: Jenny Lee

Crew list for 1 race:

1st women's VIII, The Black Pearl in the White Shell
in Denys Lawrence
bow Lilie Weaver 2 Zoe Michlig
3 Danielle Rhydderch 4 Erica Thompson
5 Jane Allison 6 Catherine Aiken
7 Amelia Russell str Pia Schaefer

Coxed by: Jenny Lee

Crew list for 2 races:

1st women's VIII, The Black Pearl in the White Shell
in Denys Lawrence
bow Lilie Weaver 2 Mika Tomczak
3 Danielle Rhydderch 4 Erica Thompson
5 Jane Allison 6 Catherine Aiken
7 Amelia Russell str Pia Schaefer

Coxed by: Jenny Lee

1st round
beat Robinson by 2 lengths
After beating us by a considerable margin in the Robinson head last week, Robinson probably expected to get the better of us, especially given their tidy paddling up to the start and poncy matching kit.

However, we had other ideas. Our start was spacky but determined and very powerful, and as we strode into our race rhythm Jenners was calling to increase our two seat advantage. We continued to pull away down (sic) the reach and I think they started to give up at this point. Coming under the Railway Bridge our rate came down a couple of pips from 36 and we cruised in style to the finish. Job done. (Amelia)
Woohoo! Blue and gold triumph over the clearly inferior blue and yellow. They probably rowed technically better than us (not difficult), but Who Cares?

Now we all sound like bronchitic horses, but at least bronchitic horses that beat Robinson and are well up for (Peterhouse?) in the next round. Bring 'em on... (Erica)
OPERATION: STEALTH WARRIOR

The race plan was:

1) Bow pair to wind to 55 and sit there comfortably until slight affliction of tiredness set in.

2) Middle four to appear out of Stealth Position and slot into the relaxed rythm, catching Robinson completely off guard (as they were under the impression of us only sporting cox and bow pair).

3) At around the railway bridge Stealth Stern Pair appear and complete the shattering of radiation-blue-yellow mental health.

4) We win.

Alas, by being such a beatable target, Robinson destroyed all such plans. We resorted to conventional tactics and beat them nine-on-nine.

Facit: Spacky but fast. (Pia)
2nd round
Beat Peterhouse by 3.5 lengths
After seeing the smug Binson crew taken down a peg or two, I didn't want to be too complacent about our chances over Peterhouse. However, once we started racing it quickly became evident that we were much the faster crew. We took almost a length in the first minute or so and continued to increase our lead throughout. Operation Desert Hump was definitely a great success. (Amelia)
OPERATION: PEARL RELEASAGE/ DESERT HUMP

It was sad to be put against the crew of our most reliable cox sub and Fairbairns IV cox, Katie Barber of Peterhouse... but for the sake of Robinson Head redemption (beaten by Pembroke II and LMBC II!!!) sacrifices had to be made.

Having dubbed ourselves 'The Black Pearl in the White Shell' on the startline of the previous race, we had expected a 'release the Black Pearl' call from Jenny, however she had refused on the grounds that it reminded her of Ed Peacock's 'Unleash the Tiger'. Fortunately, we managed to convince her otherwise and with 10 strokes to Peters Post, Jenny called for the pearl to be released causing an unpresedented shifting of boat to the finish.

We also rowed better in this race. (Pia)
Quarter finals
Beat Emmanuel by 2 lengths
We were a tad late to the start line, leading to a certain amount of derision from the marshals, and smugness from Emma. Shortlived smugness: we pulled away from them and they never looked like coming back at us. We were far from late to the finish line.
Impressed! (jo)
I was just getting optimistic about the slim possibility that we might actually beat Emma, when I heard that Zoe and Jane had to leave. Hmmm, this was going to be difficult. However, super-subs Jo and Mika slotted in well on our row up to Chesterton, where we proceeded to marshal for a very long time, waiting for Pia to get back from her W3 coxing effort. The Pembroke marshals seemed very keen for us to push off, despite our lack of stroke. Eventually Pia materialised and we rowed up to the start, very very late and had less than two minutes to spin, de-kit, line-up and start racing, which was all observed smugly and disapprovingly by Emma in matching kit. Their smugness lasted even less than our dekitting, spinning and lining up did, and we disposed of them with an efficient and powerful row. Whooooo! 3 down, 2 to go...

Apparently at the P&E, a shocked and surprised Pembroke marshal walkie-talkie-ing results to whoever was starting crews was heard to say "FaT have just *trashed* Emma!?" *smug* (Amelia)
OPERATION: RHINOCEROS DOWN

Oh, poncy smug Emma... you just had it coming... the general disdain from the marshalling side was caused by my coxing the 3rd Women in the preceeding division. Within 10 secs of 'and wind it down', I had landed outside the pike and eel, passed my coxing attire to Stroke Dami, who was being replaced by Sarah H, who had rowed the 1st VIII to Chesterton (...) and was running towards a moored Denys.

We rowed all the way up to the start, spun on the start line and were started unceremoniously and somewhat off target following a disturbing roar (as a laymen I can only guess that the mating call of the rhinoceros was being imitated) from our over-confident opposition.

We had the best start and technically most competent race of the day, with a first stride to 40 and a second to a sustained 35. The rhythm felt powerful and controlled and we chizzled seat after seat of a lead on Emma. They started waining (sp?) coming into their advantage corner such that we were 1.5 lengths ahead coming under the Railway Bridge. We then lifted it for the finish, extending our lead to 2 lengths.

As amateur a cox as I may be, I am generally keen on keeping one's eyes on one's own kind. However, I couldn't help but notice a general sense of growing FaT W1 awareness amongst our W1 peers marshalled at the Railway Bridge as the day went on... (Pia)
Semi finals
Beat LMBC by 1 length
Maggie bank party: 'Sorry girls, I've got a meeting, so I won't be able to watch you race clare in the final' Maggie boat: general smugness. [This seems to be a common theme for today, but I think we've proved that despite our non-poncy, non matching kit, and our somewhat wanky paddling, we actually go Quite Fast] They weren't smug for long. We were quick off the start, and took them down by about a length by the railway bridge, with them pushing back all down the reach. We relaxed a bit out of the railway bridge, but they didn't have enough left - took it up for a powerful and *extremely* satisfying finish. Very Good Race. Us: 'Ha' (Lilie)
Wow. We are *great*. Maggie definitely didn't see this one coming, and I must admit neither did I! Everyone had written us off, having lost to LMBC 2 last week (ahem), and it was an amazing feeling to beat them, and to beat them fair and square. To put the icing on the cake, the boys also put out Maggie in the semis - ra ra first and third! (Amelia)
OPERATION: DEFECATING RADIANCE

What a race. Haven't had so much masochistic fun since last year's Mays.

We took two seats off the start and slowly increased our lead on bad bad Maggie. They did determinantly push back a couple of times- there was no point, until our advantage corner under the Railway Bridge, where we could be certain they weren't going to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. (All due respect to Jenny, at this point who quietly called to match LMBC pushes, visibly undermining the Enemy!)

I mainly attribute this to their ill-founded belief (so commonly found in LMBC members) of superiority and our doubt that we could actually 'have them'. Once the realisation set in that we were on for beating Maggie Scum, the boat speed lifted noticably and we pushed them away to a one length lead and victory.

Glorious. The icing on the FaT dominance cake was to witness M1 put their red-bladed equivalents in their place in the subsequent division!

Ra ra indeed. (Pia)
For me, this was the huge highlight of a *very* long day. I don't think anyone really expected us to win which made it all the more exciting. I was able to hear and respond to the calls from the Maggie cox and every call I gave was matched by massive efforts from the whole crew, to push us ahead to clear water by the finish. A great race and a well deserved victory :) (Little Jenners)
Final
Lost to Clare by 1.5 lengths
Our start was maybe not as good as usual, but that's no real excuse. They were faster than us and deserved to win. We held them to just under a length along the reach, but they slowly pulled away to finish about 1 and a half lengths up. Second place is a Good Result [I had expected to be back in bed by about 9am, but we kind of kept winning] Very pleased to have got to the final. (Lilie)
In the end, the better crew won this race. A win in the final would have been a bonus, but for me personally, the semi final was the highlight of today's racing. We had a brilliant day, which couldn't possibly have been nearly as successful without our army of subs (Mika, Tera and Jo during the races, and Sarah and Amna rowing to Chesterton with us), without Dan for coaching and without Jenners for her amazing coxing. :) Thanks everyone! (Amelia)
OPERATION: FROM DAWN TIL DUSK

Well, it was late and they were very strong. Although it might never have been on the cards to win this one, with a bit more determination and self-belief, this could have been a lot closer. But at this point we were all cold and still basking in our glory... having destroyed Maggie and 'trashed Emma'. Congratulations to Clare for a deserved victory, thanks to all super-subs, particularly Mika (three races!!), the Darley-Pickard bank party and to Jenny for great coxing and amazing cornering!!

Let's act on Clare's stroke's prediction... and blade... (Pia)

1. Round 2 victory
2. Winners
3. Heading to the start
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