The Club's Results

Mich Term 2007

2nd men's VIII

Cambridge Autumn Head (College VIIIs)

5th fastest college VIII, fastest 2nd VIII
Time: 10:00
Ok the crew list looks odd now that I've tried to update it but it won't accept Lilie's name for the 2 seat.

Anyway, the row wasn't great, the rate dropped halfway (not helped by a rate meter deficient cox box) and the boat got heavy. It did sit a little better though as we came onto the reach. There was a good pickup towards the finish but we still have a lot of work to do considering we were over 1 minute slower than the 1st 8.

I guess the whole thing wasn't helped by the constant crew changing. Thanks to Lilie and Lorry for subbing in at short and very short notice. (S.C. Mertes)
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Cambridge Winter Head (Student Senior VIIIs)

22nd mens 8+ overall, 13th college 8+, 1st college 2nd 8+
Time: 9:10
We had a massive bank party, again. This made Emma put on her enthusiastic face and yell at us all the way through the race which we really needed.

Held rate 32 which felt easy and looked relaxed till first post when things started to go a little. The push out of the corner on the legs really moved the boat and the speed came back up. Out of Grassy we did 10 suspension which also gave us another boost in speed.

The reach took forever with us consistently moving up on Imperial. The wind from the railway bridge felt like we were really bringing up the rate but actually only got 1 pip, ie we took it up on the slide, AGAIN... with no substantial change in boatspeed.

Overall not a bad base from which to get even faster till Fairbairns. From what I can get out of the results, we beat Jesus, Darwin, Christs, Girton and Queens 1st 8s and more importantly Caius 2nd 8 by 7 seconds. (S.C. Mertes)
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Fairbairn Cup (Senior VIIIs)

18th overall, 12th college VIII, 1st Second VIII
Time: 15:13.85
Pretty good race...about as much fun as senior fairbairns can be!
Overtaking Selwin just before the finish was an added bonus.
Recent training was a bit dodgy, but as usual on the day we pulled it out of the bag. (M.H. Dehabadi)
Yeah taking Selwyn (spellt correctly in this report) on the line felt good. Mo's "three cheers for us", not so good and frowned upon by both bank parties.

Anyway, pretty good race with some good unsustainable pushes. Let's carry this through to Lents and get the 2nd VIII headship back. (S.C. Mertes)
'Spelt' is spelt correctly in this report. (BJ)
Why are we incapable of training like we race? Like Winter Head, considerably surpassing my expectations and producing good solid pushes throughout the race and pretty good crew cohesion (I think?). Mo's cheering definitely dodgy... (Peter)
Slightly messy, but good enough to win our division by over 10s. The start was untidy, with half the boat listening to the marshal and the other half doing nothing, but once we got in to the wind we brought it together and held a relaxed 32. We didn't attack the first third as hard as we should have, and I think we lost at least 5s to worrying to much about how difficult the rest of the course would be.
Coming out of Chesterton, we had an untidy push that gave us only slightly more speed, but reminded us that we could go faster. As we began to gain on Selwyn the power came up, and we moved well down the reach and around Ditton, so that we overtook them just as we crossed the line.
Hopefully they thought the cheering was for them, if not, sorry. Next term we will have to commit during outings, not just during the races, and then we can have a go at the 2nd eight headship. Thanks to everyone who coached us, we couldn't have won it without you. (John)

1. Guns....... there!!!!
2. And the winner is......
3. The catch(s)
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