The Club's Results

Cambridge Autumn Head, Mich Term 2005

1st men's VIII (College VIIIs)

Coxed by: Rachel Munro

1st of 7 college VIIIs, 3rd overall
Time: 9:25
We nailed the first half of this race -- according to Henry's unofficial timing, we had taken 7 seconds off Jesus by Plough Reach. I think if half of our 20-strike wind hadn't taken place before the start line, we'd have taken even more!

Then we had a (minor) crab as we came around Ditton, and in literal terms we recovered from it quickly and admirably, getting things sorted within a couple of strokes. The minor hiccup, however, seemed to affect us far, far more than it should have. We failed to execute our planned "second start," which transformed into a run-of-the-mill push that fizzled out after a few strokes. As a result, we didn't attack the Reach nearly as aggressively as we should have. This showed in our time: having taken ~7 seconds in the first third of the race, we made up no further ground through the final two-thirds. Still a good result, and I think we've got a lot of speed left on the table. (James)

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