The Club's Results

Robinson Head, Lent Term 2012

2nd women's VIII (2nd division)

Coxed by: Alex Manion

Time: 5:29
There was a lot of incertitude around Robinson Head - it was W2's first race, in first division, the course was modified, conditions on both the river and towpath unknown. The queueing and spinning was happening in the rolling start area, so Alex had to make up for other coxes' incompetence and spin with bow side blades in the ice.

The race was surprisingly composed for such circumstances. That's actually the best description for it, especially since Rachel and I were disadvantaged by jogging in the snow. The rowing was neat and rate 30-32 looked comfortable (note that we've had very little water time this term), but there was a notable drop down in power around the Railway Bridge and Alex wasn't happy with responses to her pressure calls. Having wrong information about the finish line didn't help, which might affect her overall impression.

The finish improved the picture and showed the potential of this crew. This potential is the reason I'm being reserved - it's a great crew, the girls can row together, and even with an average performance, they managed to win the division!

Many thanks to Rachel and Iain for bank partying (Iain also gave a couple of individual points that can make the boat go faster). The result is a genuine springboard, and with a bit more 'oomph' and a couple of miles, we're looking at great Bumps! (Nina)

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