The Club's Results

Pairs Head, Mich Term 2005

Coxless pairs, FaT / Pembroke composite (S3 2-)

Coxless pairs
in Hambleden
bow Colin Leonard str Jacob Shepherd
10th of 23 in S3 2-
Time: 14:24
The Great Day out started at a reasonable hour with Jacob and I cycling to the Leys boathouse to get the bus.

When we arrived it was sunny with a light but building head wind. We would soon learn all about it, but marshalling in the lee of the shore we lay back and enjoyed the sun and discussed the finer points of tideway tactics.

We went off close to the crew in front, closer than intended but some wayward steering after Barnes didn't stop us from charging past. As we left the stream Wolfson Oxford slipped past to 2nd in S3.

As we glided to the eyot we had good rhythm and and a dynamic backs call lifted us past another crew. We went to take it up for the finish as we hit the headwind at Hammersmith. Choppy water and lack of experience meant that we struggled a bit but solid work carried us through to victory over FaT 1.

I agree with Tom that a bit of Tideway practice would have helped. It is really annoying to have lost 95% of the time on the winners by shoddy steering.

A challenge has been issued from FaT/ Pem to FaT 1 for a side by side race down the reach for the glory of a couple of pints. Tom and Dan have been training.

On a slightly more serious note, thanks for all those at FaT who made me so welcome and also to Ian the boatman for helping us to sort the boat etc etc.

C (Colin)

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