The Club's Results
2nd Trinity Challenge Sculls, Lent Term 2005
A timed sculling race for single and double sculls over a course from Little Bridge to Peter's Posts, run by First and Third.
Tue 15th March
The event was organised by Jacob Shepherd and Richard Bullock. At the bottom of this page there is a summary of the results of college crews and a link to Cambridge weather. Club members, please go here to add (or correct) results, crews or race reports.
1. Coming Around Grassy
i started reasonably well down first post reach, with a nice healthy gap left between me and a pink women's double behind. had mild rythmn issues round first post corner and a slight attack of muppetry, but i got it together again in the gut. creaked (or possibly clinked) my way round grassy on a reasonable line and was catching up with the sculler ahead. had a good push out of the corner and was just overtaking, when that grey barge got in the way (well yes, i suppose it was stationary and parked on the bank). that cost me a few seconds, but i managed a hazardous reovertaking manouvre on ditton and pushed onto the reach. this is when it became really hard work and my arms ached unpleasantly. i'm sure the reach lasted about 10mins, although i have been reliably assured that this was not possible. i finally got through the railway bridge after several displays of bladework a monkey would have been embarrased with. the finish was good and i crossed well clear of the double, although there seemed to be little sign of the next sculler ahead.
all in all it was an experience a little like rowing in a bathtub, but nonetheless enjoyable.
pity i got beaten by chris braithwaite (but he had easier conditions, of course)
Excuses aside, I think we both agree it was a pretty ropey race. When looking at the result, take into account our stopping for a while as we got onto the reach where the wind blew us into the bank :( We then stopped again shortly afterwards when I let go of ones of my blades (not deliberately of course, but my arms *really* didn't work).
Number of times fallen in: 1
Number of times to Baitsbite in a single scull: 1
Number of pieces attempted in single scull: 0
Number of sculling races entered: 0
Number of times in clinker: 0
I decided to be brave and enter the race as a kick-start to my sculling career. My hope was to be the only contestant and win by default (as has been achieved by several people before!) but alas it was not to be. Therefore I opted for Plan B which was to beat Jenny in her shell; this I achieved by a crucial 1 second. Admittedly, I think Jenny should be more proud of this achievement than me! Well done, Jenny!
Number of times to Baitsbite in a single scull: 2
Number of pieces attempted in single scull: 1
Number of sculling races entered: 1
Number of times in clinker: 1
Watch this space! :)
1. It's a clinker!
This is not some kind of Steve Redgrave never. I am not racing again in a single scull if it's that windy unless my technique has somehow managed to improve considerably. (Ok, so possibly that is a get out clause.....)
I was feeling only mildly terrified after my first head piece (completed yesterday) went fairly well - including spectacular overtaking of the grey barge going round Ditton. Still, got to the start (slowly) with one small hitting of the bank incident. Was patronised (probably rightly) as I marshalled by *the* Churchill coach who obviously thought I was incompetent (again, probably rightly so).
So, set off into the gusty headwind, rating lower than I had planned due to fear of falling in. Got round first post corner taking an ok line, got round grassy after several near crab experiences in the gut and round the corner. Realised the bloke in the clinker behind me was catching me up fairly quickly so tried to go faster - bad plan, so settled back into my old rhythm. Got round Ditton, slightly wide, straight into the reach where I made the mistake of looking at the bank (mistake because it was noticably not moving relative to me!) Tried to push off the clinker but he came past on the reach. Got to the railway bridge and still couldn't see Mark (was determined to beat him!) so things were looking up. Started going for the finish. (I'd predicted ~60 strokes from the railway bridge, and counted down every one) Rounded the final bend and some spirited cheering helped as I crossed the line..... finally!
As far as I'm aware, Mark managed to beat me by a mere 1 second and I possibly beat a mens shell (or two). Think the other women entered were of slightly higher calibre than me though.
1. And away to the finish
2. Pulling through on G...
1. on the recovery
2. umm... hold it up, b...
3. Seb from Chesterton ...
<h3><a name="selectedresults">Selected Results</a></h3><h4>Men's single shells</h4><p><pre><b>Position Name Club Time</b> 1 Charlie Palmer Hughes Hall 11:24 - Jack Lawlor-Anderson City of Cambridge 11:52 2 Callum Stewart Churchill 11:55 3 Graham Sills 1st & 3rd 12:11 4 Paul Wilkins Pembroke 12:14 5 Rodrick Griffiths Jesus 12:28 6 Rurik Jutting Peterhouse 12:31 7 Stephen Benjamin Jesus 12:33 8 Colin Leonard Pembroke 12:36 9 Dan Eves Christ's 12:51 10 Aaron Pascovitch Jesus 12:53 11 James Marson Jesus 13:12 12 David Broady Jesus 13:18 13 Mike Dolman Jesus 13:24 14 Ed Rayne Sidney Sussex 13:26 15 Ben Langford Jesus 13:42 16 Ben Hardy Trinity Hall 13:58 17 Mark Salji Pembroke 14:27 18 Johnny Tang Trinity Hall 16:15 19 Sebastian Pancratz 1st & 3rd 18:02 - David Ranc Trinity Hall n/a - Dan Holland 1st & 3rd dns - Alex Rossdeutsch Christ's dns</pre></p><h4>Ladies' single shells</h4><p><pre><b>Position Name Club Time</b> 1 Katja Lange Pembroke 13:12 2 Claudia Kunze Churchill 13:17 3 Hannah Peel Magdelene 13:20 4 Charlotte Richer Jesus 13:25 5 Rebecca Haw Christ's 13:40 6 Kristina Marshall Jesus 14:16 7 Jenny Lee 1st & 3rd 15:29</pre></p><h4>Men's clinkers</h4><p><pre><b>Position Name Club Time</b> 1 Chris Braithwaite King's 13:30 2 Graham Sills 1st & 3rd 14:09 3 Mark Sankey 1st & 3rd 15:28</pre></p><h4>Ladies' double shells</h4><p><pre><b>Position Name Club Time</b> 1 Charlotte Richer Jesus 12:12 Kristina Marshall 2 Claudia Kunze Churchill 12:55 Vanessa Mitchell 3 Jenny Lee 1st & 3rd 14:10 Erica Thompson - Lilie Weaver 1st & 3rd dns Erica Thompson</pre></p><div align="right"><font size="-1"><a href="#top">^ top</a></font></div><hr>
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