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Pembroke Regatta, Lent Term 2012

4th men's VIII (3rd division)

Coxed by: Kate Pfeffer

1st round
Beat Jesus III easily
On the way up the reach to the start-line it was clear that M4 were quicker off the start than their counterparts in Jesus M3, and thus we prepared for the race feeling confident.

After a rather rushed start by a rather nervous marshal who didn't want to allow either crew to get ready, M4 shot ahead of Jesus M3, clearly demonstrating their superior technique. Unfortunately, there wasn't an opportunity to demonstrate this further, as Jesus crashed after less than 10 strokes.

The wind prevented me and Neil from being able to make ourselves heard by the crew, and so they rowed at full pace until the kink, at which point they eased off, and gave all the crews waiting to marshal time to admire just how severely Jesus were being thrashed. Rowed to the finish at around rate 24, easy.

Overall a good race, which I believe would have been a clear victory regardless of whether Jesus had crashed. (R.J.C. Stroud)
A race I'd been somewhat nervous about beforehand turned out to be easier than expected when Jesus decided they needed a rest shortly after the start.

Whether we would have beaten them otherwise is unknowable, but superior coxing is as legitimate a way to win as any. (Alasdair)
2nd round
Lost to Girton III by 1/2 a length
For this round, we were against a crew who looked a lot better than our previous opponents.

Once again, though, M4 were much quicker off the start and pulled ahead by about half a length. Girton M3 had some big guys in it though, and so they made back the distance, and by the kink M4 were only ahead by about a foot or two.

For the second half of the race, Girton used their extra weight to their advantage, and put on a series of bursts which, combined with some rushing in M4 and a few duff strokes, enabled them to pull ahead by about two foot.

M4 held them with determination until the final corner, when Girton were slightly too wide, and M4 (apparently) on the outside turned in too sharply, and so there was a collision. Girton managed to start rowing again before M4, and pulled ahead; however, M4 put on one final burst and closed the gap to half a length on the finish line.

An intense race throughout, and perhaps, under different conditions, M4 could have won. A very pleasing result nonetheless! (R.J.C. Stroud)

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