The Club's Results

Lent Term 2007

3rd men's VIII

Newnham Short Course (Lower VIIIs)

20th overall, 12th in division, 4th fastest 3rd VIII
Time: 6:23
fun at the time, but highlighted a need for more training; well, a lot of this crew were in the same crew (nm1) last term that scored a poor result in the first race of term (winter head) but then went on to win Clare Novices! So same again this term, hopefully? (Jij)
A terrible result we should be very ashamed of, basically.

Of course, we have plenty of excuses lined up - not least that we were rowing in a bathtub. I'm quite surprised we did this badly. Perhaps it was the poor timing, but there was power being laid down, and sporadic commitment to a reasonable rate.

One thing we can be happy about is the relative success of Jesus III, Homerton and Robinson II (in comparison to Selwyn II who - I hang my head - beat us comfortably).

Actual race was a bit splashy, and highlighted a total lack of fitness. Gorgeous weather though, and the crew banter was excellent. Definitely a recommended family day out. (Dan)
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Pembroke Regatta (3rd division)

1st round
Beat Churchill III by a country mile
A good solid row. Quite panicked but the opposition never troubled us. Good for the confidence going into the next round. (Dan Newton)
Hmmmm... possibly the recorded 'winning margins' are a little arrogant, but I do think we have a lot of positives from the days racing.

I expected Churchill III to be slower than us, and they were. Interestingly our first three draw strokes had a lot of patience and power despite stressful conditions - side by side race from stationary, plus truly incompetent marshals (who vastly improved over the day/ were quickly replaced).

I should have wound it down under the railway bridge, but was too busy trying to play with possible rhythms. Unfortunately, we never found one. (Dan)
2nd round
Beat Jesus III with bells on
Probably the toughest round. Took a bit off the start and extended that going down the reach. Excellent tactics when we matched and beat their push at us a few hundred metres from the railway bridge. That finished them off and we rowed away quite frantically but at least fairly quickly too. (Dan Newton)
A blistering practice start on the way down, well done boys! Jij really hit the 'aaaaaaand STRIDE!' call at the right time, and there was a decent sustainable rhythm by stroke 15.

Didn't quite carry over to the actual race, which was partly my fault - I felt a few extra pips on the first race wouldn't hurt after such a good practice start.

Nevertheless, there was enough of a platform for us to gently ease ahead using the inside of the Reach. They seemed fairly composed and were looking for an early monster push into the Railway Bridge - their corner. Felt it was best to nip that in the bud, so Jij pushed us even earlier, and effectively killed them off in the first half.

A very dominant row; powerful and intelligent. If we can nail the rhythm under pressure and with those two extra pips we're sorted. Its all on the fast hands, good separation and controlled slide. Honest. Oh, and loads of power. (Dan)
Semi finals
Beat Queens III with our eyes shut
Had improved each race and this one was no different. We were still a little frantic but less so than the opposition. Towards the end we even got some signs of control coming up the slide. (Dan Newton)
Eyes shut is a good way of putting this race. Lots of individual rowing, with heads down as tiredness set in.

A truly awful first draw stroke on stroke side (no names... this time...) let to a panic in strokes 2 and 3 and a rather messy wind. Luckily it was enough to beat Queens III, who seemed to give up as soon as we were a seat up.

Main things to take from this are how much one's head affects one's rowing. If the eyes are down, its definitely going to be rubbish at our level. (Dan)
The awful draw stroke was mine... unfortunately... fortunately it didn't cost us this time, something for me to work on though. (Thomas)
Final
Crushed LMBC III into dust
Immensely satisfying. Quote of the day goes to Pilot Neil : 'GUYS LMBC ARE THE SPAWN OF THE DEVIL. CRUSH THEM'

Our start was faster and a good 7 pips lower than theirs. They caught a crab which was a shame as we would have dominated without it. Got a few lengths clear and never looked back.

More importantly never took our feet off the gas and had a cheeky 'up two' coming up to the line to send out a strong signal for bumps. It's business time. (Dan Newton)
Well done, we failed our public mission, keeping warm, but we did succeed in our secret mission, winning Pembroke Regatta. I particularly liked this result; 6 lengths is nice, especially against the old rivals and the people chasing us in Bumps.

GET IN! Let's have an amazing Lents; proper FaT rowing! (Jij)
Much better mental attitude here - not totally unsurprising given it was against LMBC in a final.

Very powerful start killed them almost immediately. Given a slight lack of crew fitness and pieces for more than 600m I was interested to see what would happen as we got tired. Catches went after 300m, but rhythm was still bearable. After 700m Jij took it up two for the finish. There was a good commitment, and lots of promise for the Bumps.

Bring it. (Dan)

1. VICTORY!
2. Prep for battle: Pil...
3. Technical spack
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Lent Bumps

Tuesday
Bumped Christ's II
Good start procedure; we didn't panic, which is probably what made a major difference between us and some of the other crews. Scary stuff at the end, but we held it more or less together. I'll work on louder calls for tomorrow :). And sorry that Christ's cox. The late concession threw me for a stroke, and that stroke was just enough to flatten her and bend our bow rigger. whoops.

Anyway, solid-ish row, must be improved upon for tomorrow, where we face Homerton I. (Jij)
Quite fun. Fantastic first three draw strokes and controlled wind. Little bit of confusion about the stride, because half of us were already gunning for the bump. In the end we settled to a leisurely 35 and reeled them in before first post. From position six...

A dangerously late concession from the Christs cox, and quite a lot of lip on the way home. And I thought we were meant to be the arrogant bc! Still, at least we can row, although perhaps our holding it up needs working on. (Dan)
Started with swan-like grace and composure. The crew looked as relaxed as if it was a normal piece and ground Christs down slowly and definitely. Christs didn't concede until Sam was level with their cox, we were right in line with them so the boats locked and Christs were sent on up the bank. They rowed home so hopefully their boat isn't broken.


An excellent start but tomorrow is looking much tougher. I back us to pull something out of the bag if we hit the stride well and don't let the wind put us off. ('Wind' as in the weather, not the start procedure) (Dan Newton)
Wednesday
Rowed over
An excellent performance. We had an awful start but dealt with it calmly. By the time we were back straight and winding Christs had made quite an impression. Once we got going we held them but Homerton in front had already bumped out and Selwyn three in front followed shortly after.


The conditions were oceanic, especially on the reach, and Christs were a good deal faster than yesterday. The boys held it together admirably in what was a baptism of fire for many of them - having had no real rough water or wind experience.


We would probably have not caught Homerton with a good start and so the result was fair - just Christs got a little closer than we would have liked. Looks positive for the last two days as we collect Homerton's driftwood. (Dan Newton)
*sigh* Plenty of good things to take from this race, but not the result we were looking for.

Horrendous start (we need a bigger bankparty, guys!) with no-one in the bows ready for the first stroke. School boy error. Didn't crash altogether though (Well steered, Jij!), and Igor deserves special mention for a controlled wind with his blade half in.

After the crap draw strokes and tentative wind we got back into it, hitting a very comfortable 39 sprinting speed; the control in the start is such a plus. Nowhere near fast enough to catch Homerton though (well done, guys), and they bumped out in front of us by first post.

Race was made slightly more interesting by the terrible start and Christs II behind us going hell for leather for the bump back. They got within 3/4 of a length (although their bank party were positive it was 1/2), but were never in touch to be honest. Awful conditions on the reach meant the crews bunched a bit, but Jesus III didn't have what it takes alas, and bloody Christs II kept us rowing above 28 the whole way. (Dan)
I know I said I was looking forward to racing past first post corner for the first time in a bumps race, but come on, this is ridiculous! :P

Good recovery off the abysmal start, let's keep focused on friday and hopefully we won't have to do this ever again! (Sam Z)
Think the pictures capture something of the conditions - though I missed some of the choppiest stuff at the start of the Reach. (Martin P)
Friday
Bumped Robinson II
An imperial performance. Today's mission was codenamed 'Assassin' and to be executed quickly, cleanly and professionally.

Our swan start put us up on Binson immediately. When things were looking beyond doubt Homerton, who had bumped out ahead of Binson, started to swing out from their inside of the corner clearing position. Binson squeezed through and we had to take the corner very wide. Stroke side did a fabulous job swinging us back round and once straight the onslaught began in earnest. We were soon back to a length, half a length and then bump. Moved up consistently and powerfully, bumping just before grassy.

More of the same tomorrow barring any unforeseen mishaps. (Dan Newton)
Just like day 1, a buff start set us off well for the race. We drew, wound and sprinted well, didn't really bother striding until we saw Homerton looming in our path. A wide line and a gut-busting pull from strokeside neatly avoided a big crash.

Robinson went strong off the start, trying to avoid the fate that they'd suffered at the hands of our boathouse-mates. However, our boys had fire in their bellies after Mo's curry last night and it really showed in the push for the kill.

Good row lads, more of the same tomorrow please. It's been a pleasure coxing, make me proud tomorrow! (Jij)
Saturday
Bumped Trinity Hall II
More of the same. A powerful start and reeled them by about the time we strode.

The focus for the row home was 'sexual'. 'Sexual' rowing is achieved by using either 'blue steel' or, for softer water work - 'le tigre', along with much flexing of the muscles (pronounced 'moose-clays'). The aim of 'sexual' rowing is to make as many females pregnant as possible merely by rowing past them. We obviously won't know quite how sexual we were for a month or so but there were definitely a few weak knees on the towpath. One lady even fell over. This may have been due to the crew 'wave' which M3 have incorporated into their one arm rowing exercise rather than leave their spare arm hanging uselessly behind their backs. (Dan Newton)
Up 3 lads, we might have deserved more but I'm immensely happy that the first time I did bumps I had such a crew behind me (or in front of me, really). Today's race was the day when all that training was given the chance to slice, dazzle and quite possibly outshine them all.

Our spirit carried us to the bumps, through the bumps and back from the bumps. And quite possibly a new call - bullet time slides, complete with sound effects. This was a performance we can really be proud of, from the May colours to the first timers. Go M3! Go First and Third!

It's been great. Hopefully won't be the last time I row with you guys. (Jij)
In hindsight we were probably unlucky in not joing the top four boats and winning our blades... but then again hindsight is such a wonderful thing. Two dubious outings leading up to Pembroke regatta left me fearing for my bumps average, but an excellent result on the day plus a week of good solid outings set us up nicely for bumps. Three quick bumps and a rowover in the most amazing head wind has made for a most enjoyable four days of racing. Not too bad at all :) (Sam Z)

1. Awesome!
2. Not squaring early.....
3. Chasing down Tit Hal...
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