We entered in the 'open' category as we were the only women's 2x in the whole race and thought we'd rather have some opposition. Consequently, our goal was to beat at least one of the men's crews we were racing. I guess the one we did beat in the end probably was a complete scratch crew, but then we only had one brief paddle together before the race as well, so we were pretty happy with the result!
Racing in the double was great fun and leaves me convinced that I want to do more of the same in the future! (Ulrike)
Not much to say. Clear testimonial of still being way too slow. This was partly due to being really inconsistent. I started behind Anna Railton who quickly faded into the distance (well... no surprise) and in front of a girl from Emmanuel who was more in my own league. Crashing under the Motorway bridge after only about 10 strokes didn't quite help. After pushing out and restarting I slowly made ground on the Emma girl, only to have her catch up again every time I did something stupid like catching a crab or taking a really appalling line. On the positive side, I had some of my best sculling strokes so far coming towards the railway bridge. In the end I lost by about 10s to the Emma girl and know that there's lots to work on before SBR. (Ulrike)
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