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Fairbairn Cup - IVs 2011

1st women's IV (College IVs)

Coxed by: Alex Manion

7th in College IVs
Time: 14:00
It's difficult to take the IVs race seriously (as evidenced by the fact that I've just typed it as 'rave' and had to go back and change it) after the 4.3k slog that is the VIIIs race.

I don't think any of us knew how this was going to go, with very little rest time between the VIIIs race and this one, losing all of our possible bank parties to the spur of the moment Black Prince IV, and people switching sides and crew order. We consoled ourselves with the fact that it was 'only about 3k' and the day was 'almost over'.

The rowing was scrappy up until the white bridge while we sorted ourselves out, and then Alex called an up 2, which fixed most things. I was a bit concerned at the call, as we typically do our best rowing at middling-high rates, but I did my best to follow it.

The P&E came up faster than I was expecting, and at the same time I was aware of some sort of activity at Chesterton, but couldn't quite see what was going on. We had our restart and calls for catches, moving together and finishes, and by the reach the rowing had gone from acceptable, to really quite nice. Halfway up the reach we became aware of some epic battle between the two IVs behind us, but it was a relief to be able to observe it rather than be in the thick of it this time.

We crossed the finish line strong, and slightly worried that Sara was about to die after the battle cries on the reach.

The final verdict was that it felt much better than the VIIIs race, but probably could have done with more oomph overall. Reasonable result considering how pleasant the race was.

Our actual opportunity to finish Sara off was on the paddle back, with SP sitting the boat at bow, unable to row due to her Mars bar and jeans, (Becky having run off to catch the Varsity bus) and Alex swapping Nina and I in to row with Sara. The proof of her power was in the length of time it took certain crews to come by us. It was an amusing row back, (probably less so for our amazing 3 girl) and a nice way to end the day. (Julia A.)
They don't call me Sharapova for nothing. (Sara)

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