The Club's Results

May Term 2007

2nd women's VIII

Radegund Mile Head Race (College VIIIs)

Fastest (only) College 2nd VIII, 5th College crew
Time: 7:25
Oh man! Another race we've "won" and not got a pot for. And who knew that a mile race could feel so good? Definately agree that rounding off the row with sausages was an awesome plan. They should sell them in the lard cupboard... (Charley)
good row :) and we got a free drink out of it - not bad for a morning's work! (Kristina)

1. Almost finished
2. Stern 3 + Cox
3. Past the railway bridge
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LMBC erg champs (Women's Lower), Blue-and-Golden Girls

Won
Time: 15:16.3
Wow! Awesome! It was neck and neck at the start but you guys soon showed them that you're the best 2nd VIII around!
(Average split including changeovers 1:54.5) (Jane)
Lining up at the start we felt confident, but sadly so did the other crews. We didn't let them continue with that for long. By the 3rd rower we were ahead and we weren't going to be caught. We finished 120m ahead of Maggie - basically a walkover. Many thanks to Clair for subbing, and a special congratulations to Jiske for winning her first ever FaT race. (Harriet)
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Cambridge Head-2-Head (1st division)

Winners W2, 5th Overall
Time: 22:05
We won pots!!! Best row of term (by a very long way) - now we know we can do it, hopefully all our outings will be miles better.
We were awesome!!! (Rachel)
Fresh from beating Maggie W2 at their own erg game, we were happy to see that we were starting behind them so could look forward to the inevitable overtaking. We started off well and found the rhythm that we have been looking for since about Lents. There were good, solid pushes into, round and out of Ditton which closed the gap on Maggie, and we passed them on Grassy, giving us the much needed boost to take us to the finish.

The way back started well, this time chasing Darwin. The rhythm was there again, and the power in the water, but Darwin were not going to give in easily. After some blade clashing (surely they are supposed to concede the racing line?!) we eventually passed them after the railway bridge and managed to finish despite panicking and rushing. We knew we deserved to win, so it was nice to be rewarded with pots. However, there is still lots to work on if we want to keep Bumps as short as possible... (Harriet)
From the bank this looked like a pretty solid and committed row. There were some wobbles in the first leg and a bit of panic crept in during the overtake on LMBC which threw the rhythm off slightly. However, the second leg looked a good deal more controlled, especially while overtaking Darwin, and it was great to see you start to sit up and walk away from them once you'd taken a few seats. Good racing.

The next fastest W2 crew were over a minute and a half behind :o) (Erica)
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Champion of the Thames Eights Head (Women's 3rd Div. Mays)

Winners W3, 11th Overall
Time: 5:33.8
fastest crew in the 3rd division. 3rd fastest in the 2nd (less than a second off the 2nd fastest).

still the fittest 2nd viii on the cam :) (Dami)

1. Into Ditton
2. I'm sure I've seen t...

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May Bumps

Wednesday
Bumped LMBC III
Good first outing for the 2nd VIII tops. Not the best row (sorry Jenny), but job done. Bring on Catz.

(Harriet not Clair) (Clair)
Very very quick bump - but they are a 3rd VIII so just as well! (Martin P)
Thursday
Bumped St. Catharine's II
I remember being in the 2nd viii (which also contained the mighty Russell and the even mightier Aiken) that was about 1/4 of a length off being over-bumped by these bad-boys on the 1st day of the Mays and consequentally were bumped by them a few days later. Glad you got them back. Rah rah!
Edit: Amelia is as mighty as Catherine when she is not injured. Both are mightier than I. (Becca)
Can't work out who I felt more sorry for - Maggie III as we followed them to the start or Catz II as we followed them home. We're too fast to be in this division. Let's keep moving up. (Harriet)
Took a bit longer than LMBC III, but pretty quick nevertheless! (Martin P)
Friday
Bumped Darwin II
As well as (not-over)bumping, we proved that we are the fittest 2nd VIII by winning an impromptu wet T-shirt contest, judged by the creepy man who wanted a photo taken with us. All in a day's work. (Harriet)
Saturday
Bumped Trinity Hall II
WOW!!! What more can I say! We got blades AGAIN! Totally deserved. We could have triple overbumped any boat in that divsion given a free river. Good commitment, LOTS of power, nice rowing, and pretty damn good looking rowers. We are the fittest and fastest second eight on the Cam. Fact! I will miss you guy so much next year. It has been two absolutely amazing terms that I will remember forever. Keep up the good work next year. I hope to get to row with you in Black Prince. (Julijana)
Fit fit fit fit fit. Done with style. My favourite quote of the week, from Jenny yesterday: "well, we can't be too disappointed that we bumped today." Damn Darwin if they'd been a bit quicker we would have been up 6 instead of 4, but hey, I'm not complaining. We have two pretty blades to hang on our walls. Time for M2 to swallow their pride, I think. (Jo)
Time for me to actually write a useful race report. Here goes...

This term the only problem we were facing was could we bump quickly enough every day to avoid cornering. We started off over-confident, after our succesful lents, and won everything we entered in the first few weeks of term. It all seemed to fall to pieces around crew selection, with some people feeling severly disheartened due to rowing in scratch crews. This was not helped by a week of IVs during exams, and a massive thank you is due to Jenny for keeping us positive and on the right track.

Finally getting back in the VIII we suddenly realised that we could do it, that we are in fact the fittest 2nd VIII, and that the feeling of winning is worth everything else - all those long outings, missed revision sessions, sober post-exam celebrations. Rowing with you girls has been amazing, we deserve those two blades. I can't wait to start training with you next term. Lets show M2 that this year hasn't been a fluke.

I'd like to say thank you to all our subs, particularly Erica, Amelia and Clair, and of course to Jenny - we really couldn't have done it without you. Don't forget to collect your present from my room! (Harriet)

1. Dami and the flag
2. Four crews in line u...
3. A bit scrappy but mo...
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