Our crew dealt better with the fairly tough headwind conditions, putting distance between the two boats steadily. Shortly after half way, having a good few lengths of clear water, Jij finally asked the crew to take the rate down and to solidly paddle it to the finish line. (Sebastian Pancratz)
After the first few strokes, the Fitz crew was up a seat or two, but by the end of the start both crews were level again. Having had a better stride, our crew managed to walk up to half a length. Quite impressively, the Fitz crew did not give in at all, holding on for almost the entire race, with both crews rising up to this pressure. It was just within the last 20 strokes that our crew managed to pull out to a length, eventually seeing small amounts of clear water. (Sebastian Pancratz)
Well earned, they were strong but you did not break, a fantastic row right until the finish and the pain on your faces said it all right at the end.
Well rowed guys!!! (Martin Y)
After a slightly better start, our crew was two seats up. This was converted to half a length, which both crews held for about 200m. Then someone in the Jesus crew crabbed and our cew managed to get half a length of clear water. About half way through the race, someone in our crew jammed his seat, allowing Jesus to come back and gain some overlap, which our crew managed to hold on to. (Sebastian Pancratz)
we won clare novices!
seb's gonna get wasted tonight...
but brilliant effort lads, i cant quite believe how much power and commitment you put down, it was an awesome day, couldnt have thought of anything more worth doing! (Jij)
Our crew finished with about 2 lengths of clear water, which they obtained steadily over the entire course. (Sebastian Pancratz)
A relaxed and controlled rhythm was found quickly by the girls off the start, and they quickly moved up to a length and a half lead as Downing struggled with seemingly every aspect of rowing. In the seconf half though the opposition got it togehter and with the bend under the Railway Bridge in their favour they came back at the girls to be a length off. The girls then held them at this distance with relative ease.
I was very pleased with the relaxation and confirdence displayed by the crew - a rare thing in Clare Novices. (Phil)
Unfortunate. The whole way through the main part of the race you girls didn't drop any time to them at all. However, the fact they had a strong start meant the length or so they gained off that was enough for them to carry on through and take the win. Still, a very tidy strong row - Fairbairns all the way...! (Lyns)
Given that we were rowing for the first time with 2 Subs and me on stroke position we really did well (especially in the first round)!!! The second round was really a bit unlucky, and the nasty weather conditions and all that sitting around and waiting in cold and damp clothes over most of the day did not really help to keep up our spirits, but nevertheless, we went out again and really fought for it. I'm proud to be member of this crew!!! (Ulrike)
The problem with nm2 is that half of them are medics and hence have to attend dissection. A desperate call for subs by Martin lead to 4 of our (later victorious) nm1 crew to row in this boat, two of which, namely Tristan and I rowing strokeside instead of bowside. This lead to some obvious squareing up difficulties (and blisters) on my part which I more or less had sorted out by the beginning of the race.
We pushed off with a magnificent start to be almost a length ahead by stroke 10. Seb's hardcore training with nm1 really paid off here. We caght a crab about a third of the way down which almost slowed the boat to a standstill but we managed to sort it out and row on.
About 100 m before the railway bridge there seemed to be a general consensus among the rowers to reduce the pressure and take it easy to the finish line. This meant we didn't gain any more ground on Clare B but as we were at least 5 lengths ahead this didn't matter too much. (S.C. Mertes)
Well novice men 1 stole our strokeman, so I as valiant lbc had to sub for the race. Although not in the true spirit of clare novices LMBC were keen for a duel no matter what.
Off the start we gave them exactly that, a strong pulse kept us ahead until moments before the line when a double crab gifted LMBC the victory which was so close to being ours.
Guys through all the races you were fantastic and I'm sorry it ended so close, but you fought so hard and come fairbairns we will prove your worth!!!! (Martin Y)
Stunning row guys. I was watching you the whole time, and I really thought you were going to push through. The opposition were fading, and even lost a seat...however, the crab (at almost the same time as they lost their seat) meant a loss by the smallest of margins. Th epick up to the finish was impressive tho. I see you guys doing very well in Fairbairns and was pleased to see how well you guys kept working together the whole way especially as the crew was so close to you the whole time. A weaker crew would have lost that race a lot earlier (Lyns)
Clare B didn't look like much, we thought we could take them.
Their start was good, ours was rubbish, but from then on we just rowed much quicker than them. However a crab at 4 which lasted approximately 400m meant that they gained a good 7-8 lengths on us. We pushed back, gained a couple of lengths, but general spackiness and too great a deficit meant we didn't have a chance. Crabs do happen, just learn to sort them out!! (Lorry)
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