The Club's Results

Cambridge Head-2-Head, Lent Term 2009

A timed headrace in two parts, length 2x2000m
Sat 24th January

The official results published by the organisers, City RC, can be found here. At the bottom of this page there is a summary of the results of college crews and a link to Cambridge weather. Club members, please go here to add (or correct) results, crews or race reports.


1st men's trial VIII, 1st division

1st
Time: 13:14
A reasonable row. We jumped into our scratch crew (having redesginated the crew order in the morning), wound high and settled to something sensible. Sensible for the race distance, but a bit of a shock to the system, as the first high rate of the season always is. Corners were relatively clean, with even our new bowsider Hannes at 3 getting his catches in most of the time. At this point I was discovering the substantial personal disadvantage to the crew reshuffle; instead of being 3 seats behind Hannes' splashing, I was directly in the line of fire. Arriving at the road bridge quite wet, I put lots of kit on and we got out for the traditional bag of Haribo. The row back was still good in parts, but with some distinctly sketchy moments. Towards the end of the piece, as our succession of "up 2"s hit home, I was becoming seriously concerned as to whether I was going to retain control over the blade, as I could no longer feel my hands, and it took 4 tops and 10 minutes until they were properly back in contact, and another half an hour in the boathouse to warm up. It seems I must remember never to underestimate again either the amount of splashing possible, or the effect it can have in cold conditions... (Peter)
Potential Success. 33 days to go to Lents. 56 days to HORR. (Thomas)
My first even won race. Thanks for the ride boys :)
But seriously, I thought this was a good commited row with its ups and downs (my personal favourite was that push on the 1st leg in the Plough) All in all, well done for a scratch crew and the first high rate piece of term. There is a lot of potential to go quite faster in the future. (Sonya)
The course was exactly bridge to bridge, which I think is 50-100 yards shorter than last year. We didn't really attack it, the aim was to set up a platform where everyone could show the coaches how good they are at race pace.

There's a long list of injuries sustained in other sports that don't affect rowing. Bruised ribs is not on the list and I don't recommend it in any way. (Tom C)
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2nd men's trial VIII, 2nd division

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1st women's VIII, 4th division

2nd W1 college VIII
Time: 15:57
An amazing result girls!! (Sonya)
A good row, not brilliant, but definitely committed from start to finish.

We had a good 1st leg, with a massive push off Ditton really lifting the boat into a new gear. A slight wobble on Grassy was quickly rectified, followed by a slightly poor line by me on First Post and a slight wobble with our final push for the finish.

The 2nd leg was also good, closing on Pembroke constantly off the start. We started to move wide to overtake coming out of Ditton and closed to the point of overlap when we then wobbled and Pembroke stopped our gain. An all-out push from the kink brought us just 1 second behind Pembroke at the finish.

Still a long way to go, but a very surprising and a throughly deserved result for our first race of the term! (Mark)
A fantastic start to term! We still have a lot of work to do before bumps but the potential is there, so let's keep up the hard work!

The race had a few wobbles but we got it back together quickly and there was definite commitment from *everyone* in the boat.

OARSOME!

(Thanks to Derek for taking the photos) (Liz)
AWESOME, GIRLS!!!
Would have loved to see you row!
Just keep this spirit up and carry on training hard, and there'll be no way anyone snatches the headship from you guys!!! (Ulrike)

1. Pushing for the finish
2. Overlap
3. Closing the gap
[more...]

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Coxless pairs, RGS spare pair, S2 2-

No opposition
Time: 16:42
The row didn't feel too bad, but the result wasn't anywhere close to what I was hoping before. Percentages say we were 7% off M1, on a par with Emma M1, or the LMBC 4+. I guess I shouldn't have expected a good row off the back of hardly any outings together, and it seems that rowing in time with each other would improve things somewhat. Unsurprising, that. More timetable adjustment and triple runs required, and we'll see you in April... (Peter)
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2nd women's VIII, 3rd division

1. Stern 4 + cox
2. Bow 5
3. Marshalling

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1st women's pair, College 1st

no opposition
Time: 18:55
Positive points:

We didn't crash.
We didn't come last (time-wise). In fact, we beat 9 other crews, among them 2 VIIIs (okay, they must have been really crap).
We had a really good line on the first leg.
We finally got it together and rowed nicely for the last 40 or 50 strokes of the race.

Negative points:

Well, all the rest, I would say.
On the first leg, we managed to sustain a surprisingly high rate (probably around 30ish) for the whole course, but our rowing was definitely spacky and it felt quite rushed. Thanks to the stream, our time wasn't too bad.
On the way back, we started off not too badly but lost it completely around the corners. Zig-zagging down the gut and Plough reach didn't really make it better, and so the women's single chasing us had caught up quite a bit by the time we came onto the reach. As said above, we finally managed to remember how to row at around the kink and slowly gained back some distance on the single, but not enough to get a good time on this one.

Conclusion:
Good practise and nice to have something to train for before I go off for field work! We definitely benefited a lot from training in a small boat for 2 weeks - massive thanks to JPD and Tom Rose for some very helpful coaching!!! (Ulrike)
Not that bad of a row indeed! The first part of the race was quite good. We probably didn't rate higher than 26-28, and my steering was great! Not only did we not crash, but I took nice lines even as a scull overtook us on Ditton and I had to go wide. There were bits where we lost it, but nothing that we did not recover in a few strokes. The difference between the first and the second piece is that we went for it in the first. The second felt a bit sluggish and heavy, and we never really pushed for it. After first post I steered too early into Grassy, nearly crashed and had to steer out which made me steer back in quite hard into the black barge, leading to a few zig-zags. This obviously affected our rowing, and we only started rowing together again after Ditton. The reach was a nice piece as the final to the race, but as said before we didn't really go for it. Still, a good experience to row in a pair, and get some amazing coaching from JPD and Tom Rose. We went out *every* day (except for two) in the last two weeks. Good effort! (Julijana)
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<h3><a name="selectedresults">Selected Results</a></h3><h4>College men's VIIIs</h4><p><pre><b>Pos Pos in cat Club Crew 1st 2nd Total</b> <b> 1 1 / 17 1st &amp; 3rd Trinity M1 06:07 07:07 13:14</b> 2 2 / 17 Clare College Boat Club M1 06:06 07:26 13:32 3 3 / 17 Downing College M1 06:15 07:17 13:32 4 4 / 17 Jesus College Boat Club Egg 06:10 07:24 13:34 5 5 / 17 Caius Boat Club Rock 06:15 07:26 13:41 6 6 / 17 Pembroke BC M1 06:20 07:25 13:45 7 7 / 17 Trinity Hall M1 06:23 07:32 13:55 8 8 / 17 Christ's College Boat Club M1 06:27 07:36 14:03 9 9 / 17 Magdalene Boat Club M1 06:29 07:36 14:05 10 10 / 17 Fitzwilliam College Boat Club M1 06:24 07:46 14:10 11 11 / 17 Darwin College Darwin M1 06:21 07:49 14:10 12 12 / 17 Emmanuel Boat Club M1 06:36 07:40 14:16 13 13 / 17 LMBC M1 06:32 07:49 14:21 14 14 / 17 King's College Boat Club M1 06:36 07:49 14:25 15 1 / 12 Jesus College Boat Club Chicken 06:37 07:49 14:26 16 15 / 17 Sidney Sussex Boat Club M1 06:39 07:50 14:29 17 16 / 17 Selwyn College BC M1 06:40 07:55 14:35 18 2 / 12 LMBC M2 06:41 07:56 14:37 19 3 / 12 Caius Boat Club Paper 06:43 07:59 14:42 <b>20 4 / 12 1st &amp; 3rd Trinity M2 06:43 08:03 14:46</b> 21 17 / 17 Wolfson College BC M1 06:48 08:02 14:50 22 5 / 12 King's College Boat Club M2 06:55 08:14 15:09 23 6 / 12 LMBC M2 06:54 08:23 15:17 24 1 / 5 Christ's College Boat Club Blue 06:51 08:27 15:18 25 2 / 5 LMBC M3 06:52 08:33 15:25 26 7 / 12 Pembroke BC M2 06:55 08:34 15:29 27 8 / 12 Clare College Boat Club M2 07:12 08:20 15:32 28 3 / 5 Jesus College Boat Club M3 07:13 08:36 15:49 29 9 / 12 Wolfson College BC M2 07:07 08:43 15:50 30 10 / 12 Sidney Sussex Boat Club M2 07:21 08:53 16:14 31 1 / 2 King's College Boat Club M4 07:24 08:58 16:22 32 11 / 12 Emmanuel Boat Club M2 07:29 09:15 16:44 33 4 / 5 Wolfson College BC M3 07:43 09:35 17:18 34 5 / 5 King's College Boat Club M3 07:38 09:52 17:30 35 12 / 12 Trinity Hall M2 08:13 09:41 17:54 36 1 / 1 LMBC M5 07:57 10:19 18:16 37 2 / 2 Christ's College Boat Club White 07:29 10:50 18:19</pre></p><h4>College women's VIIIs</h4><p><pre><b>Pos Pos in cat Club Crew 1st 2nd Total</b> 1 1 / 15 Jesus College Boat Club W1 07:03 08:41 15:44 <b> 2 2 / 15 1st &amp; 3rd Trinity W1 07:12 08:45 15:57</b> 3 3 / 15 Christ's College Boat Club W1 07:08 08:55 16:03 4 4 / 15 Downing College W1 07:19 08:49 16:08 5 5 / 15 Emmanuel Boat Club W1 07:19 08:53 16:12 6 6 / 15 LMBC W1 07:21 09:07 16:28 7 7 / 15 Sidney Sussex Boat Club W1 07:32 09:05 16:37 8 8 / 15 Pembroke BC W1 07:33 09:06 16:39 9 9 / 15 Selwyn College BC W1 07:36 09:10 16:46 10 10 / 15 Churchill College Boat Club W1 07:37 09:13 16:50 11 11 / 15 Clare College Boat Club W1 07:36 09:23 16:59 12 12 / 15 King's College Boat Club W1 07:51 09:13 17:04 13 13 / 15 Hughes Hall/Lucy Cavendish W1 07:46 09:22 17:08 14 14 / 15 Magdalene Boat Club W1 07:48 09:25 17:13 15 15 / 15 Fitzwilliam College Boat Club W1 07:44 09:33 17:17 16 1 / 5 LMBC W2 07:40 10:02 17:42 17 2 / 5 Pembroke BC W2 08:07 10:02 18:09 <b>18 3 / 5 1st &amp; 3rd Trinity W2 08:08 10:14 18:22</b> 19 4 / 5 Jesus College Boat Club W2 08:17 10:06 18:23 20 5 / 5 Sidney Sussex Boat Club W2 08:13 10:13 18:26</pre></p><div align="right"><font size="-1"><a href="#top">^ top</a></font></div><hr>
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