The Club's Results
Cambridge Winter Head, Mich Term 2010
A timed head race over 2300m, from the Motorway bridge to the Pike & Eel
Sat 20th November
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Although we started off technically well (we were, arguably, gaining on the crew in front off the start), tiredness set in along plough reach, and we were left but nothing but power (albeit deployed in a sub-optimal manner) to get us through.
By the end, we weren't rowing as a crew, squaring early was a distant memory, and our blades were flying around in all directions (rarely in the same one as the man's in front), but we gave it our all right to the end.
Indeed, even as it fell apart (to the great amusement of Swords and Katie on the bank) in the final 500m wind, we were still grunting, roaring, and against all the odds attempting to drive the rate up.
A bloody good show, in my opinion. It must have been the jaffa cakes.
All things having been said, I was reliably informed that M2 didn't even exist this term not long ago, so seeing as I imagine you've only recently been put together, that's a pretty decent showing.
Having said that, First Post reach was solid, and we are far closer to the top crews now that we were at Autumn head. The crew is also very aware of the large changes which could have been made over that course, it is now simply a case of bringing a really chunky, aggressive racing rhythm out of paddling into the ratework
1. Middle three
2. Stern pair
After realising that there wasn't any W Inv opposition in the draw we thought we might as well take on the challenge and race against the men... and Cantabs came up with the ingenious idea to create a sponaneous time handicap system for us. It remains to see if they actually implemented it...
After an initial unsuccessful attempt to get the timing around the back end together we gave up on that and decided to just make up for the lack of togetherness by increasing the "grunt factor". Cantabs in turn decided to start us first in the division and then not give us more than the usual gap before setting off a LMBC men's VIII to hunt us down. We responded with an epic push out of First Post which helped to delay the inevitable for a little while, but unfortunately we then panicked a bit on Plough Reach when LMBC steamed past us. After some wobbles around Ditton we got it back together on the Reach and found a slightly too controlled but reasonably efficient rhythm for everything but the back end which was still all over the place since we all felt the desperate urge to keep up some individualism. We nevertheless put up a good fight against Pembroke men who came up from behind and held them off pretty much up to Peters Posts. In summary, it was a committed though not pretty row and for a scratch crew we gave a pretty solid performance!
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