The Club's Results
Champion of the Thames Eights Head, May Term 2006
A Head race for eights from the Plough Pub to the Penny Ferry.
Sun 21st May
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In any case, it was good fun... rarely do I get a chance to row in such a powerful crew.
1. Feel the burn
Caius M2 were 14s faster than us today. We need to - and will - raise our game and start to row with confidence and precision, to retain our position on the river.
1. 2nd Men
2. the beast
Sadly not quite enough to win today but 5s off the winners (Caius) and joint second with Jesus isn't a bad result. We should be aiming to increase our speed by being a bit more together and confident in the way the boat is moving as a result; once we've done that I hope we can close the gap on the crews at the top of the division.
1. On on to Ditton
2. The umbrella gives i...
Once marshalled, it started raining, so someone had the bright idea of singing 'We're Singing in the Rain' on the start line. After a couple of practices, boats marshalling near us were left in no doubt as to our singing ability. And probably more bemused by the follow-up whistling of the chorus (bow 4 can't whislte...) There was also a round of guess Amelia's weight. Still, we duly sang on the start line and were rewarded with champagne. Ironically, it was no longer raining by the time we started...
Pretty good and aggresive off the start. Unfortunately once got around Ditton, it slightly degenerated into a bit of a standard lower boats spack up the reach, not helped by myself missing (what I assume were) 'up 1 down 1s' as the cox box wasn't working. I think the last half minute was a bit more solid.
Still, it was all good practice at something approaching race rating, and at least we won *something*. Plenty of room for improvement, and hopefully we might eventually end up faster than W1... Right, best get back to the weights, else bow and three will *never* get the boat round Grassy come bumps. And I've been in boats that didn't turn round that corner...
A very mediocre row, the crew is capable of an awful lot better than this result. At least we beat the fifth men though... ;-)
1. All smiles
2. Does my hair really ...
3. Smiley Mark
Focussing on long finishes paid dividends in the first half, but these shortened up as the pain set in. Some good calls from Rich seemed to bring it back together for the last pushes. Looking encouraging for Bumps.
1. Push for the finish
2. Heading for home
3. (Mostly) holding fin...
1. Looking lovely, as ever
1. Poor marshal must ha...