The Club's Results

Foster Fairbairn Pairs, May Term 2010

Coxless pairs, Griffiths-Ford (Men's 2-)

Coxless pairs
in Amartya Sen
bow Peter Ford str Matthew Griffiths
Quarter finals
Lost by 6s
Time: 8:03
A very disappointing result. Training had been going well, driving each other on in fitness and technique, and the times done in training suggested we were well placed to win against average competition for the event.
Given the standard of the crews that turned up (I can think of 4 FaT pairs who entered FF in the last two years who would have won this event), we were definitely looking to win.

Sadly Matt still hadn't got anywhere with getting his forearms to work properly, particularly with wooden handles and in the slower boat. The race went reasonably well (although my line was a bit dodgy) upto about 1k, then Matt started to lose control, and by 400m to go he was square blades and only occasionally managing to put down any pressure. The (practised...) up 8 into the mid 40s simultaneous with going to ghost pressure maintained boatspeed for a while, but I was having to keep the boat down to strokeside to keep Matt's square blade clear of the water and eventually we took a duff stroke. The high rate ghost pressure wasn't possible for re-accelerating the boat, and I ended up rowing the last 150m basically on my own; while this is a useful exercise in the tubs, it doesn't work as well against a little racing rudder and we limped across the line. (Peter)

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