The Club's Results

Peterborough June Regatta, May Term 2005

2nd men's IV (Novice 4+)

Coxed by: Andy Wong

Heats
Won the heat (easily)
Time: 3:36
We lined up in lane 1, with a quite big looking Birmingham Uni crew in lane 2, and a York Uni crew in lane 3. The crew in lane 4 failed to show up. The "attention, go!" call caught all 3 crews a bit by surprise, as all 3 coxes still had their hands up, but despite this, our start wasn't bad at all. At the end of the lengthen calls, we were rating 34 and were already a good distance clear of Birmingham, and slightly up on York. By 250m, we had a convincing lead over both crews, and pulled away well over the next quarter of the race. The rating dropped gradually to about 28 over the next hundred metres as the result looked inevitable. The last 250m was pretty relaxed and we cruised across the line in a time of 3:36, 16 seconds clear of York, and 32 seconds clear of Birmingham. (Richard)
Semi finals
Came 2nd in the semi (by a few feet)
Time: 3:29
We were in lane 2, with Star Club in L1, Leicester Uni in L3 and another crew in L4, althgouh I can't remember who it was. Our start was again quite good, and after the stride, we were rating quite a controlled 33. By 250m, we'd moved to about 2 seats up on Leicester and Star Club. Leicester had a better 2nd quarter than we did, and started to move back through us, and had taken between a quarter and half a length by the 500m marker. Star club stayed at about 2 seats down on us by this point. The 4th crew had fallen back by about 2 lengths. We had quite a good 3rd quarter, and pushed Star club away to over a length, and moved back level or slightly ahead of Leicester. Our push for home wasn't that together, and the balance of the boat suffered. Seb was struggling a bit through the last 15 strokes as well. The combination of the two saw Leicester cross the line a few feet in front of us, but we were safely through to the final, clocking 3:29 for our semi. (Richard)
Final
4th (5 secs behind the winner)
Time: 3:30
The 4 crews through to the final had all posted times within 4 seconds of each other in the semi-finals (we had posted the 3rd quickest time of the 4, but were only 2 seconds off the quickest). It was clear that the final could be very close indeed. The final was moved 50 minutes earlier than planned, due to a clash with another division, and Seb said that he was still feeling a bit iffy by the start.

We lined up in lane 4, alongside St. Cuthbert's Society, who had posted the fastest time of anyone in the semi (and apparently outweighed us by over 15kg per man). In lane 2 was the Leicester crew that had just pipped us in the semi. We found ourselves slightly down after the start, and St. Cuthbert's and Leicester started to slowly open the gap on us. At 250m to go, we had quite a good lift, and the boatspeed did increase, but it wasn't enough to avoid coming 4th in the final. St. Cuthbert's and Leicester both posted times of 3:25 (with St. Cuth's just pipping Leicester to victory), leaving us 5 seconds down on the overall winner.

It was nice to hear cheers of support from other Cambridge crews as well as the men's and women's 1st VIIIs, so thanks for that.

Overall, a good bit of racing - a bit disappointing to come 4th in the final, but nice to have made it to the final, and a world of improvement on our Cam Sprints performance! (Richard)

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