The Club's Results

Mich Term 2005

2nd men's novice VIII

Queens' Novice Ergo Competition (1st division)

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Cambridge Winter Head (Student Beginner VIIIs)

12th of 25 student beginner VIIIs, 6th of 16 college novice VIIIs
Time: 11:12
Experty guided down the river by our cox Amelia, we settled in to a solid 26-28 rhythm off the start and maintained it. Our row was free of disasters. We didn't crash into the bank, and no-one lost their seat or caught a crab. We were somewhat slowed by a pair of drunken idiots in a motorboat who forced us into a very bad line round Ditton, but still managed a pretty good time and overall performance. The general feel of the race was quite good and together, though we proved we were capable both of some quite high-quality work (the beat-the-First-Men push) and some serius spacking (last five strokes before the finish). Well rowed guys - now let's get our sights on the Clare Novice Regatta. (Magnus Jones)
This was a good committed piece. We went over at about 28, didn't crab or crash and everyone was tired at the end; a good start.

Through the first half we managed to keep the work on, and had some nice pushes out of the corners to prevent a drop in speed. We were unfortunately slightly impeded by a drunkard in a motor cruiser on Ditton and had to go horribly wide, but once on the reach had an excellent ratio shift and lift in boat speed. Our "Obliterate" push into the railway bridge set us up excellently for the last chunk of racing, and depsite some spacking just shy of the finish line, the power and technique were consistent throughout.

A really impressive first row, well done to everyone and thanks to the mlbcs for coming along and supporting. Bodes well for next week and the Fairbairns. Ra ra! (Amelia)
A very encouraging result indeed. The row was committed and solid from start to finish (who's counting those last 5 anti-phase strokes anyway :-D).

Spurred on by the knowledge that the 1sts had rowed the course at a very relaxed rate, these guys put a mighty effort into their race and managed to make it pay off, holding off a Queen's senior crew and expertly negotiating a swerving pleasure boat at Ditton.

The boys responded well to Amelia's well-judged calls, and each push brought noticeable improvement. Congrats on a good result and let's build on it for Clare Novices and Fairbairns. (Albert)

1. Passing Peter's Post
2. Title
3. Ditton Corner

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Clare Novice Regatta (Cup)

1st round
Lost to Fitzwilliam A by a length
Fitzwilliam A has the slightly better start, taking two seats on us, but we pulled back well to end up about half a length in front halfway down the reach. Fitz then caught up a little on the inside of us and then took us on the outside of the corner underneath the railway bridge. Sadly we panicked again towards the finish and it cost us dearly - our heads dropped and the rhythm of the boat was serverely disrupted. Our composure towards the end of races is certainly something to work on over the next week before Fairbairns. However, there were several positives to take from the race. For the most part we were technically superior to the strong Fitz A crew and if we hadn't panicked I'm pretty sure we'd have won, but again the loss of intensity cost us. Not the best of days for First and Third generally, but Fitz A start right behind us in Fairbairns, so we have a chance to reclaim our glory in the important race! (A.J. Sugden)

1. Warming up
2. Setting off

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Novice Fairbairn Cup (1st division)

16th Novice Men's Crew, 4th of 23 2nd Boats
Time: 11:07
Unfortunately I missed this race due to a logistical ballsup, but just wanted to say congrats on a solid result. 4th in the second novices race is something to be proud of, especially when you look at the 13 first boats we beat (by my count). Hope you've enjoyed the term - you're all seniors now, and we look forward to rowing with you next term :-) Of course there's still the minor issue of Senior Fairbairns tomorrow... (Albert)

1. Post-race
2. Post-race in the Hut
3. My finger on the len...
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Fairbairn Cup (Lower VIIIs), 4th men's VIII

Only 4th VIII, 37th of 37 College VIIIs
Time: 19:01
Not too bad, considering we'd only just stopped being novices, and were rather tired after the day before.

We didn't have much luck with the equipment; the cox-box was intermittent, removing (at least for bow four) the knowledge of some of Nadi's calls; and Harry broke his seat so we lost our Rhythm and had to row the last 1k or so with only 6 full-slide. And even so, we were only last by 2 seconds.

Everyone was committed and worked as hard as they could; and ultimately, thats what matters. Next term we'll learn technique:) (Paul)

1. Down First Post Reach
2. Looking pretty good ...
3. On First Post Reach

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