The Club's Results

May Term 2010

5th men's VIII

Cambridge Head-2-Head (Mays Lower), M4b

56th overall
Time: 15:40
Not too bad at all. I think we were the only M5 boat out there but we still managed to beat a few M3 crews in addition to several W1 crews. And no, that is not necessarily akin to saying that I could beat Stevie Wonder in a game of spot the difference.

We had a few subs who we are thankful to. I particularly enjoyed some smooth, effective stroking from George and some no-nonsense and, at times, very stimulating coxing from Sonya. I was a slave to her orders when she told me to get it in quickly on Grassy. Kudos to the eruption of banter in the short break from Dom.

As for the race, we hit the rhythm well on the Reach; it was chunky around 28. Seemed like good corners and a semi-OK push for the finish.

2nd leg seemed quite good, perhaps rating a little higher when we pushed hard against a slowly closing Sidney crew but we held it together well on the Reach, enough to prevent them getting any more than overlap. Good training for Bumps. Bring on the next race! (Mark)
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Champion of the Thames Eights Head (Men's 5th Div Mays)

Turboblazed
Time: 5:43
With Ironman at two we were always going to struggle, as his suit design is optimized for combat rather than rowing. Were he to deploy the fullest extent of his mechanically assisted turboguns we would have skewed of the start until his rigger detached company with the boat. As such he was forced to row light pressure for the length of the course, perhaps explaining our slow time. However all was not bad, we beat quite a few women, which as a men's 5th crew has to be our primary aim.

In all seriousness, a bit more rhythm, and more pressure through the early stages of the race would have seen us hold the crews around us far more effectively. I'm confident the crew can get the job done come bumps. (Swords)
As Richard said, Ironman was designed to fly not row, and certainly not encounter water due to rusting issues.

That aside, our start was not great but we hit a really good rhythm in the first section of the Reach. Unfortunately it seemed that we could not believe how good the rowing felt at this stage that we lost it all again, eventually scrambling over the finish.

More training on the cards now. (Mark)
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Cambridge 99's Regatta (1st division)

1st round
Lost to King's
We rowed very short, and very rushed, and as a result lost fairly badly. (Swords)
This was the first time Rachel coxed a regatta race and she was certainly excited by it all during the first race!

We had a decent start and seemed to be holding level with King's for at least the first quarter. Unfortunately the race was generally rushed and a little panicked and King's just seemed to be a little more together and slowly opened the gap from just after the kink. (Mark)
Plate 1st round
Beat Girton by 2 lengths
A much better start against Girton, giving us about 1 length within 30 strokes. The catches were sharp and we moved a lot better in that first quarter.

Generally the Reach was quite comfortable, we started to feel the rhythm more than in the first round and we weren't rushing as much into the front end either.

We were about 1+1/2 to 2 lengths up approaching the Railway bridge but then all of a sudden the Girton crew put in an enormous push, visibly eating up the gap between us on every stroke, probably closing by a length in their burst. Credit to the Girton crew for such an attack - it felt like we had nothing to respond to it but it was however all they had after that and we slowly opened up the gap between the bridge and the finish. (Mark)
we rowed with less rush, and longer, and as such we won. A panicked response to a large Girton push was not ideal though (Swords)
Plate semi finals
Beat Magdalene
Much better race. Here we actually hit length. Our start was comparable, despite Magdalene being in a much lighter shell. Once we were up to speed we seemed to cruise faster, and it was nice to row with reasonable length and rhythm. (Swords)
This was the best race we had. The start was the best we'd probably ever performed and the race was unrushed, fluid and manageable. I think the crew would agree that we went faster but with less effort - I certainly didn't feel as exhausted after the race.

The start was slick and we immediately went up in the first 10 or so strokes; a lead which we gradually opened up so that we had a several lengths of clear water at the finish. (Mark)
Plate final
Lost to Emma by 3 lengths
Possibly our best race. Emma were faster and on the faster side, and in a faster shell, so I feel the result was a little flattering, although they probably slackened off towards the end. It was nice to get into a proper rhythm, and row well, so we could actually get the full magnitude of our turboguns into the water, rather than simply attempting to drench Norfolk.

A good days racing. (Swords)
Having despatched M4 in the previous round we knew Emma were going to be tough.

The start was not as clean as the last, with Emma going up slightly in the first quarter and slowly extending that to 1 length up by the kink. We didn't cope well with the strond wind just after the kink, missing loads of water and the rhythm failing. From that point Emma opened up to about 3 lengths as they crossed the line.

On the whole, an excellent set of races and we improved significantly just in this day of racing so I have high hopes for Bumps! (Mark)
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May Bumps

Wednesday
Rowed over
Let's not all go to Cindies tonight, we might do better tomorrow. x (Millsy)
I don't think crew turbolash the night before affected our performance too much, but it was entertaining to row behind 2 people with no hair.
Our practise start was nice, but the real one was quite spacky :(
Also we rowed short all the way. 2 things to fix!
Christ's IV got bumped quite quickly behind us, and we quiched merrily up the reach and thus lost a lot of ground to the boat 3 behind us. We definitely shouldn't do this tomorrow either...


Tomorrow we must man up or our race will be cut brutally short by eddies. Bumps is fun :) (Alex)
It's a good job we were rowing, not driving - some of us were definitely over the limit.

The guest appearance of Captain Picard from Star Trek and Andre Agassi in bow 4 was much appreciated. (Alex Dear is a twat)
Saturday
Bumped by Christ's IV
A disappointing finish to the bumps campaign but it's been a good laugh nonetheless :).

It's been a fun three years folks. Thoroughly enjoyed my time at FaT. Best of luck for the years ahead.

Adios. (Tsunami)
Like Jeff, this will probably be the last time I row at Trinity. Although I haven't achieved nearly as much as Jeff, I'd still like to say thanks for a fun 2 years, regardless of success or lack thereof.

Edmund. (JERH)

1. M5
2. Rowing home
3. Looking back
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