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Mich Term 2005

1st men's novice VIII

Queens' Novice Ergo Competition (1st division)

5th in the heats and 4th in the final
Time: 12:28.4
A gutsy performance all round. The guys gave it everything to come 5th in the heats, ten seconds behind LMBC, and then they came back and did it all again, really throwing in the kitchen sink to climb to 4th position in the final. Good work.

By all accounts we were running in 3rd until the last man, at which point Homerton wheeled out their comedy giant.

Round one to the red scum, but we were back in training by 7.10 the next morning, and it'll be much closer the next time we meet... (Albert)

1. andy goes "grrr...

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Cambridge Winter Head (Student Beginner VIIIs)

20th of 25 student beginner VIIIs, 12th of 16 college novice VIIIs
Time: 11:50
In the freezing cold of an early morning in the Cambridge winter, nine brave souls (and Dan Jane) set out in the good ship Richard Church to do battle on the Cam. After losing various body parts to frostbite, they set off down the course with a solid rhythm and good amounts of power going into the water.

The 11 minutes and 50 seconds of rowing that ensued were characterized by generally good technique and power. Unfortunately, the 1st novice men turned in a time not worthy of themselves, by choosing to row the course at a rating which most would call good for training, but simply too low for racing...

Next time we'll go out there and throw the kitchen sink at them. In the meantime we need to get back in the boat and focus on turning our power and technique into speed.

It should also be noted that a large number of seconds were lost due to having to hold it up at Grassy. Several coxes have reported that the 'good' ship is only good at turning right. Today's events seem to have confirmed that rumour, and to be honest it never seemd like the boat was going to turn at all, let alone complete the corner. Nadi made the smart decision to abort the corner before it was too late, and the 2nds subsequently opted for Peter Brandt. (Albert)
Not a great race- in mitigation, some of us couldn't feel our hands thanks to pre-race frostbite, and the coxbox and rating meter were both faulty... Technique coming on well though (P.E. Jefferys)

1. 1st men & women ...
2. Blades off the water
3. Still looking tidy

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Clare Novice Regatta (Cup)

1st round
Beat Emma A easily by tactically crabbing into them
This was another unlucky and disappointing race from the First Novice Men. A fantastic first few strokes saw them a length up on Emma 1 at the end of their start and powering away from them... then Disaster Struck (TM). The failing cox-box prevented a cohesive stride, and stern four took it down to race rhythm while bow four continued at high rating. The resulting wobble cause our stroke-man to crab, which swung the bows round by about 30 degrees and into the path of Emma 1. Both boats headed for the bank at high speed and unfortunately Emma came off worse, their bows hanging off limply.

NM1 headed home, hoping that the umpire would have the sense to award the win (or at least a bye) to the obviously faster crew, despite the crab. However, it was not to be - on marshalling for the next round we were informed that they had been disqualified and that Emma would be racing with their bows duct-taped together instead.

An unfortunate race, and a real shame about Emma's boat, but I think the moral victory goes to the crew who were that far up after only about 30 strokes. Well done guys - don't let it get you down. Revenge will be taken on Thursday. (Erica)
Well, we'd said we would destroy them, and we did. We took more than a length of the start, and after only about a minute their bow collapsed completely. Before the finish bow four had basically stopped rowing, and we crossed the finish well ahead of them. Apparently though, you get disqualified for that sort of thing, so our paddle up to the second round ended in disappointment.

The LBCs were impressed by our start though, and gutted that we didn't get the opportunity to live up to our potential. We've got to kill ourselves in the outing tomorrow, guys - Fairbairns is this crew's last, best chance to shine. (Magnus Jones)
Our boys looked positively majestic off the start, rating 36 and essentially munching Emma A for breakfast. From the bank it looked as if the race was over about a third of the way down the Reach.

Just as I was beginning to allow myself a little gloat, our guys suddenly veered hard to the left, and slammed it into the opposite bank, with a sound that struck fear into the depths of my soul. Emma A meanwhile, cut off by our shenanigans, couldn't avoid a collision, and watched helplessly as their bow section impacted with our boat and sheared off.

Apologies to Emma for the damage to their boat - I'm glad to report that TR4 was fine.

We paddled down to the finish, and were told that we would be racing the next round. (Albert)
2nd round
Told to go home
D'oh! Turns out the marshals changed their decision without telling us. They reasoned that the faster, better crew with a shot at the finals should go home, whilst the slower crew with the broken bow section should progress further in the competition.

We now go into Fairbairns with a very strong, focussed 1st VIII, who are hungry for a win after being denied twice. Some real application in the last couple of outings should pay dividends. (Albert)

1. ... and then breakin...
2. Eating Emma alive...
3. At least they didn't...

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Novice Fairbairn Cup (1st division)

6th Men's Novice Crew
Time: 10:25
After two disappointing racing experiences in the Winter Head and Clare Novices, the first novice men showed their true colours today with a fanastic row. It was committed, techincally proficient and powerful throughout, going over the course at a consistently rhythmic 32.

We had an excellent start, surged well through the first two bridges and kept the work on nicely in the stretch between Elizabeth Way and Chesterton with lots of focus on technique and timing. A good line through Chesterton saw us gain on the Christs crew ahead, and coming past the P&E the boat lifted noticeably. Our pairs pushes out of the Railway Bridge set us up nicely for the last 20 strokes before the finish, and we beasted it home in true style.

Hopefully this commitment and power will be rewarded with a good time. No matter what the result though, these guys deserve applause; they've made a great deal of progress this term and really rowed their (gold) socks off today. I'm so proud! :) Love you all guys, mwah mwah xxxxxxxx

Thanks to the bank party, I hope we provided some amusement in our row home. Oh and thanks to Michal for some inspired coxing... (Amelia)
After some lacklustre training pieces we had talked about shifting gears for the race, and today it felt like we really made the change. The rating felt considerably lower than it was, and the whole crew was showing committment all the way through. We still don't know our time but given that this was our first proper high-rate piece I reckon 6th place is a pretty decent result. Nice to see the whole crew manage to come together for this one - now let's carry that commitment into tomorrow and our first taste of rowing as seniors. (Magnus Jones)
Well done guys! A great row and a solid result to cap off a good term's training. LBC's and I hope you've enjoyed this term as much as we have, and welcome to the senior squad. That goes for all you novices! (Albert)

1. Post-race
2. Sepia!
3. NM1 2005

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Fairbairn Cup (Lower VIIIs), 3rd men's VIII

2nd of 3 Third VIIIs, 30th of 37 College VIIIs, beat the girls ;)
Time: 17:18
Well rowed! This was a really committed piece; the work stayed on right through to the finish line, even though it was considerably further than they've rowed before. A very creditable result, and well up there with smaller college's first VIIIs and other second VIIIs. More importantly, they beat LMBC III (scum ex-novices) by nearly a minute and a half. Nice work.

I hope you've enjoyed rowing this term. This result shows that if you guys come back to row next term (please!) you'll be a force to be reckoned with. (Erica)
Beat the girls, beat a bunch of senior crews, beat BP 2 and caned LMBC 3! A strong and sustained row all the way. Thanks for letting me have my first outing of the term with you :-) I enjoyed every second, and look forward to rowing with you next term. (Albert)

1. The third senior men...
2. Tidy catches from st...
3. Less than halfway th...

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