The Club's Results

Pembroke Regatta, Lent Term 2006

2nd women's VIII (2nd division)

Coxed by: Dominic Hockley

1st round
Beat Queens by one and half lengths (then disqualified)
Simply the most awesome side by side since the boat race!

With one sub in the crew and one rower on death's door and no practiced starts or rowing for five days, we were going for all or nothing tactics.

Off the start both crews were level before Dom 'the bomb' Hockley employed some seriously agressive tactics and steered into the other crew. After much yelling by the marshal First and Third eventually returned to their station half a length up. Queens started pushing back, so Dom with a look of Gladiator resolve on his face took his crew back into the fray. Much clashing ensued with strokeside valiantly holding onto their blades for dear life. After a tete-a-tete struggle for supremacy down the reach with both coxes being warned First and Third moved to a dominant length lead which they extended by another half a length at the finish.

However.

Such was the combatitive nature of this race and Dom's casual approach to the lane divide, that the Marshall - employing the three strikes and your out approach (it should be noted for the record that Queen's were warned at least twice) -decided to disqualify us.

Still this was First and Third W2's finest hour so far. Dom, I am sooooo proud of you and bring on the bumps.

Special thanks should also go to Nicola Hensall for subbing in at the last moment. (Charlie)

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