The Club's Results
Novice Fairbairn Cup 2012
A 2700m timed head race on the Cam for Cambridge College novice VIIIs
Thu 29th November
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11th novice men's VIII
This was a good race in which we kept a steady rate and had a push off the railway bridge. Afterwards it transpired that there was some confusion over where the start and finish lines were and Oskar "300" Schortz revealed he could have pushed harder. After the race, we got out of the boat and witnessed some 'unusual' rowing styles from the boats after us. Then we had an interesting row back to the boathouse with the crew order reversed.
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.
4th novice women's VIII
We started with a wind that took us up to racing speed (and rate 34) as we crossed the start line before settling into a consistent rate 30 that was maintained for the rest of the race. After focussing on some technical points (catches and finishes) and pushing off Chesterton Footbridge, it became clear we were gaining on the Maggie boat that had started about 50 seconds ahead. We had another push off the railway bridge and despite looking exhauted (Alexa's "angry face" had been replaced by a rather more tired looking expression) the rowing was still technically good and we were still gaining on Maggie. I called a push for the finish as we approached the railings and we took the rate up to 32 before crossing the finish line of our last race as novices. Overall an excellent race. Very well done girls!
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