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Newnham Short Course, Lent Term 2005

3rd men's VIII (Lower VIIIs)

Coxed by: John Earl

2nd in lower VIIIs, fastest 3rd VIII
Time: 6:03
Our race plan was inconceivably complex but we were simple: mess. Only kidding (sorry 4th VIII report, couldn't resist).

The gents VIII, true to their name, was an VIII. There was, however, nothing gentlemanly and a lot manly about our race. Pulling like horny bisons on speed in mating season we dropped Maggie 3rds behind us like an extremely tall drunken man drops his glass when he picks it up with wet fingers - very easily and a long way.

(serious paragraph)
This race doubled our water time this term. Technique is sound. Lacking the mental and physical toughness that comes from training - we haven't done any. That will come. As will the blades.

Special mention goes to Dubya for coxing; a true gent. We shall be using his 'surge' call of '3...2...1...ENGAGE' no doubt in our rigorous training programme this term.

Nearly had terrible equipment failure in the race, luckily it happened on the row down. Stroke's collar came off (ladies - that's the bit screwed onto the 'blade' that stops it slipping through what's called a 'gate'). For the benefit of the other FaT VIIIs therefore who howled with laughter - IT WAS NOT A CRAB. Grrrrrrrrr.

Just think how many more race (reports) we have before the end of term. Reckon you'll read to the end of all of them?! (Dan Newton)
What a great result! Beaten only by Caius II who are about a division and a half ahead of us in bumps, and managing to beat Maggie III by a minute and a half (either they had a massive equipment failure, or they're just rubbish).

The race itself was solid and went off without any major incident (a pretty rare thing for me). Got a good, chunky rhythm down 1st post reach which set us up well. Unfortunately it went a little soggy in the Gut but we were able to pick it up a little after Grassy and kept up a reasonable pace through to the finish, although our planned sprint from Grassy never really materialised. We could probably rate a little higher in the future and be a little more committed throughout, but, all in all, a good start to the term. (Phil)
And looks like you beat a host of 1st VIIIs as well, including Trinity Hall, starting 4th overall! (Richard)

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