The Club's Results

May Term 2005

3rd men's VIII

Champion of the Thames Eights Head (Men's 3rd Div. Mays), FaT Grads, Grad VIII

25th overall, 3rd of 5 3rd VIIIs, 7th of 8 in M3
Time: 5:28
Not bad, a better rhythm than previously and held up quite well, just a few dodgy strokes now and then. Results are distorted as the wind dropped off during the day, but 17s behind the 1st VIII who went off at a similar time isn't bad. (waits to be informed they were rate-capped at 12) (Neil)
Good race plus it turns out we didn't get beaten by the girls! (really can't think of one)

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Cambridge 99's Regatta (3rd division), FaT Grads, GoldenBoys

Semi finals
Beat Magdalene III by 1/3 length
Gained a few feet off the start, but didnt really extend our lead, as we were quite scrappy throughout. (Fergus)
We did better than that and were half a length up, but we didn't respond to their push off the railway bridge and lost some distance. We have rowed much better. (Neil)
Final
Beat Magdalene II
They were slightly quicker off the start, but we held them well, up until the point where they inexplicably started to swerve towards us. Both boats ended up against the bank. Stern pair werent too keen on the idea of a re-row, so we claimed the win. It must have been our new kit that made the difference... (Fergus)
Such a shame Magdalene's steering let them down- I was looking forward to making it to the railway bridge for our "secret" push. That would have surprised them! Possibly even more than our kit did. (Aileen)

1. FaT Golden Grads
2. Tudor proudly reveal...
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May Bumps, Grad VIII

Wednesday
Rowed over
By "nearly had us" we mean a foot away. A race of Golden legends :) Now we must get Tit Hall tomorrow. (Tudor)
We were worried when we saw 'red mist' and no 'golden glow' at the horizon as we were marshalled an moving up towards our second race of the day...

Gloriously we had an excellent view on the great start the guys had in their rerow. Emma III did look strong, but were ultimately found wanting!

The 1st women wish their sparring buddies the best of luck in today's racing!! (Pia)
The lower half of the division was caught up in some monster carnage, apparently caused by Magdalene II bumping Downing III and totally failing to clear. By the time we ploughed into the gridlock, just past the motorway bridge, we held Emma III at what we believe was just outside a length. However, they cheekily asked for a rerow - and in an umpire decision that was as controversial as this week's Michael Jackson jury verdict, their request was granted.

For the rerow we started from the top station, just ahead of W2. Despite a much better start, this time Emma really *did* close to within a length at Grassy, to within half a length past the Plough, and to within a few feet by Ditton corner. Just like Icarus was drawn towards the sun, the bright golden glow of our crew shirts seemed to exert an irresistible pull on their oarsmen. And just like the legendary adventurer of the Greek myth ended up having his wings melted and clipped, Emma equally couldn't cope with the heat: Their bow man's blade got stuck in Fergus' maelstrom-like wash, he caught a massive overhead crab (have a look at Martin's pictures!), and Emma's challenge was effectively over.

Down the reach we pushed them into the distance with surprising ease - perhaps they still had equipment issues, or their burn-and-die race plan had reached the second phase. Today Emma III will start right behind us again, but we hope for a quick bump on Trinity Hall III to put us out of Emma's reach for the foreseeable future. (Christoph)
Yeah! What was Julia saying about the sweet feeling of rowing away from your opposition during a row over........? She was right- sweet indeed!

Well rowed guys! (Aileen)
Sorry for the mistake on the rerow result. Had just seen you row over... just had a bit of a short curcuit :-( (Martin)
When a blacksmith forges a steel tool, he must successively anneal, harden and temper it. It needs to be both hard and tough. Too much tempering and the tool will blunt like butter; too little and it will shatter like glass. There is one easy but potentially terminal way to test it: the hammer test. Hit it hard with a hammer and see if it breaks.

The grads have been annealed, hardened and tempered in training this term. Today was their hammer test. Today they showed they are both hard and tough. Today they proved they are a crew of true mettle. (Smiley Mark)
Three years ago I was bumped by Emma III, rowing in the 4th VIII.

Two years ago I was bumped in a one on one re-row.

Ghosts put to rest. (Keith)
Hmmm I've changed the result, but the bumps chart hasnt altered.

And yeah, that was really satisfying - I can now see why so many people voted for "being the one that got away" in the poll. (Fergus)
Hey! We were NOT bumped by Emma III. In a rerow of just us and them chasing us, they nearly had us at Ditton corner, but then we pulled away all up the reach. A fantastic row! (Monster Munch)
Thursday
Bumped Trinity Hall III
Nicely done just after the motorway bridge. Strangely less exciting than yesterday's row over away from Emma but probably because it was rather easy. The most satisfying thing was that Emma were nowhere to be seen. Mwahahaha (Aileen)
The golden lycra-clad grads tore into the Trinity Hall all-blacks like a bright bolt of lightning into the heart of darkness...

Ok, I'll stop the metaphors here and now. Anyway, the bump leaves us right in the middle of a cluster of five crews all vying for the 3rd boat headship. A good result so far, and certainly a very solid row today. (Christoph)
Friday
Rowed over
Closing on LMBC III, but, as expected, they bumped the much slower Downing III before we really had a chance. Tit Hall III and Emma III bumped out behind leaving us a relatively relaxed row over. (Monster Munch)
Saturday
Bumped Downing III
Quick bump as expected, just after the motorway bridge. Unfortunately wedged Downing into the bank a little. A good week of bumps, earned by our row-over on day one.

Having gained off the start on Maggie before they hit slow crews on days 1 and 3 we'd have liked to have had a go at them over the whole course for the third boat headship, though they did well to bump today.

A few more days and
we might have got the red scum.
Who said bumps was fair? (Neil)

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2. First post corner
3. Rowing at grassy
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