The Club's Results
Mich Term 2012
2nd men's novice VIII
Beat Jesus NM3
Beat Jesus NM3
A complete lack of practice of racing starts as a full crew meant that our start was predictably poor, and after an early blade clash and a crab (or two?) we found ourselves half a length down on the Jesus boat. We soon found a reasonably good rhythm though, and despite plenty of bad strokes we were clearly the faster boat and soon took the lead. We continued to pull away until the finish, winning by a good length or two. It was a little sloppy at times, but overall a fairly decent first race.
The sadistic marshals decided to start our race with the two crews pointing towards each other. Needless to say, within 10 strokes we had a hefty collision on our hands. Credit to the rowers, despite finding themselves 1/2 a length down after this they continued to work hard and we started to move back fairly quickly. 2 stopped rowing for a while which threw my steering a little but halfway down the course we settled on a comfortable rhythm and eased passed Jesus beating them by 1 1/2 lengths.
Lost to Christ's NM2
Lost to Christ's NM2
After a much better start, the two crews seemed to be reasonably well matched for the first 150m or so. Unfortunately for us, however, the Christ's boat didn't seem to understand the concept of rowing in a straight line. The first time they veered into us the resulting blade clash disadvantaged both crews equally, and once they were back on their side of the river we managed to pull ahead by about half a length. The second time they veered into us, we weren't so lucky. A huge blade clash which caused a couple of crabs and most of bowside being unable to row allowed Christ's to take the lead, and by the time we had regained a decent rhythm they had pulled out a length and a half, which they held until the finish. Despite Yimin (our bank party for the day) fighting our case, the marshalls made the outrageous decision not to disqualify the Christ's boat. A disappointing end to the regatta, but we were able to take solace in the fact that, before they ruined our race, we had half a length on the crew that went on to win the NM2 division.
This was a stupid race. Incompetent umpires failed to disqualify Christ's despite their repeated attempts to break our boat and our 7-man. We moved slightly off the start and were about level when the first crash happened. We came out the worse from this but continued to hold Christ's down the reach. It looked like we were in for a close race before their cox decided to veer into us, 100m before the finish, causing our 7-man to catch an overhead crab and the race was over. Christ's went on to win the division so if it wasn't for the poor umpiring we probably would have won some free cocktails.
36th novice men's VIII, 12th NM2
Despite not quite being able to get Titan up to race speed by the time we crossed the start line, we soon managed to find a good rhythm, settling on a rate of about 29spm for most of the race. The rowing was feeling good from the stroke seat - the major landmarks were going by faster than I had expected, and some top class steering from Catarina (and a little help from stroke side around Chesterton) meant that we took some good lines through the corners. We pushed off the Pike and Eel, and on Catarina's call we took the rate up two just before the railway bridge. After a sprint down the reach and the usual confusion about where the finish line was, we were eventually able to bring the rate down, park up, and join NM1 to watch the remaining boats finish. Overall, a really good performance and a great way to end our novice term.