The Club's Results

Pembroke Regatta, Lent Term 2013

1st women's VIII (1st division)

Coxed by: Yining Nie

2nd round
Beat Sidney W1 by 3 lengths
This was the only race in which we managed to marshal correctly. It was a huge faff, and in retrospect our modified version was probably better, but stressful at the time. I'm happy to report that the whole division managed to get to the start with bows and stern intact, despite inconvenient barge placement in Plough Reach.

We hadn't really 'road tested' our start yet and so were a little apprehensive on the start line, but we kept our eyes in the boat and very soon Yining was shouting 'Bowgirl!' and then 'Bowball!'. We strode once or twice and began conserving energy for the next race. The boat felt solid and commitment was good. We knew complacency could finish us off earlier in the regatta than we wanted, and so kept the pressure on across the line. A good race for our frazzled nerves. (Julia A.)
Sun in Lent term is a rare occurrence and we had it in boatloads on the day. Our first race saw the crew in high spirits and committing solidly to moving the boat together, a good start to one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Definitely agree with Thornton about the meadowpath (yes, there's a path) line - must have been the bizarrely idyllic weather messing with our heads! Would've liked to practise our wind for the finish in non-early morning water, but we decided to spare Sidney the "easily." (Yining)
Quarter finals
Beat Selwyn W1 easily
The Pembroke results are largely wrong when they state the margin as a 'canvas'. This race was much the same as the last, solid start, nice rhythm, and a good settle onto 28 once we had enough clear water.

If Pembroke would just rent some portable toilets I would have been much less stressed during marshalling. I'm sure the locals at the pub would be grateful too. Having sweaty rowers in damp lycra traipsing through your pub can't be nice for them... (Julia A.)
First time I've turned around in the cox's seat in a while. Unfortunately I still missed seeing the crab. (Yining)
Semi finals
Lost to Downing W1 by 1 length
This was the race we had been gearing up for all day. From past results, we suspected that whoever won this race would win the regatta. Having had a few dress-rehearsals, our start had been honed a bit and though Downing took distance here, it felt sharp and clean.

We settled onto our race pace with a big rhythm change that set us up on a solid platform. Yining buoyed us up with calls for power and reports of what was going on on our right while steering such brilliant lines that Fordy was worried we might lose a blade.

While Downing maintained their lead, a series of pushed from both crews saw the gap between us oscillate. Jon, Fordy and Neil were fantastic, shouting encouragement and generally drowning out the Downing bank party. Definitely some psychological warfare taking place there.

The end of this story is that in a hard fought race, Downing won (and won the regatta), but we've made huge strides in the past few weeks, and we're going to continue to get stronger, sharper and more determined. This was some of our best rowing so far, but there's more to come. Next week we'll see if we can surprise everyone again. (Julia A.)
Easily the best start of the day. Downing were able to pull ahead by 3/4 length early on but we matched them push for push all the way down the reach. Our racing line quickly turned to a rather racy line under the bridge but we did well to hold it together through the wash. A big thanks to Catherine for subbing in to what was some of our most committed rowing all term. Indeed it was a disappointing result but still one that demonstrated the serious challenge we pose to Downing's headship. I think we can come out of this regatta with renewed conviction that if we lay everything on the line and work together, Downing will go down. (Yining)

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