Obviously, this was not ideal. I could sit here and make excuses (we were overtaken on Ditton by a very quick CUWBC crew and this forced us wide/panicked us, not our fastest crew, only one outing etc. etc.) but that would be missing the point. We got beaten very soundly by a Downing VIII, which start 2nd in the Lents. If we want to retain the headship, or even perform similarly to last year in Fairbairn's we are going to have to row with more length, more composure, more control, and a metric shedload more pressure.
On the plus side, we have a large amount of time and hopefully this will give the girls and I the motivation required. (Swords)
A strange result. I genuinely thought we were pretty fast, however the times agree with my coxbox, so unless there is some form of Rob Roy conspiracy against FaT women (which, for the record, I doubt very much), I was wrong. We raced fairly well, had a good battle with CUWBC down the reach (we got overtaken on Ditton again, my wide line round there is getting pretty good), however they were unable to break properly clear until after the railway bridge. It was fairly controlled and pretty, so I'm guessing it was just lacking the serious grunt required to win these races. (Swords)
Well, as a rule, if you throw 4 fairly decent rowers into a four, it tends to go pretty badly at first. If you then do a race at 22, you tend to go quite slowly. However, we beat a CUWBC quad, by a solid 11 minutes, so we are clearly immensely rapid. (Swords)
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