The Club's Results

Clare Novice Regatta, Mich Term 2007

3rd men's novice VIII (Plate)

Coxed by: Hans Liu

1st round
Beat Tit Hall B by 3 lengths
A neat start got us going at a similar speed, but by the stride we were gaining a foot with every stroke.
Got to about a length and a half and maintained for most of the reach, mostly due to a drop from our own boat commitment and therefore speed. A tit hall crab let us gain another length and a bit before the fact we were meadow side allowed us to take the third full length before the finish in the final turn. (Thomas)
2nd round
Beat Magdalene B by Inches
I wouldn't have wanted to be the umpire calling this!

Magdalene were faster off the start gaining about half a length on the towpath side of the reach. The guys focussed in well though and we held it there until magdalene crabbed allowing us to pull a couple of length lead which led to them dying as they gave up.

The lead was lost when a series of incidents around the railway bridge led to a serious loss of timing and boatspeed as bow pair dropped out.

Magdalene passed us to go 4 seats ahead 20 strokes from the finish. The guys in the boat commited there all. Overrating the magdalene crew by 4 or 5 pips we pushed for the end, getting our bows ahead a mere stroke from the finish.

Know one knew which way it was called until we checked with the marshalls. A massive cheer from the bank was met by similar from the boat. (Thomas)
Quarter finals
Lost to LMBC D by a Length
They took us off the start as we sort of expected. We started to draw back but despite cutting the deficit to a length and a half, problems and heads dropping due to being behind meant we dropped back again.
A good final push off the railway bridge took us to a mere length and a bit off. A few hundred more metres and I think we would have had them.
A good race and a good performance from a 3rd/4th novice VIII. Hope you guys do well in fairbairns. (Thomas)

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