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Cambridge 99's Regatta, May Term 2013

1st men's VIII (1st division)

Coxed by: Michael Thornton

Quarter finals
Beat Jesus M1 by 3/4 of a length
The instructions claimed the finish line was the bumps lower finish, but since the two lower finishes are the start line and the railings we (mainly me) decided 99s had cocked up and mistakenly called women's top finish (the usual regatta finish) lower finish. Naturally they had cocked up, as did we in deciphering this cock up, which prompted general laughter as we crossed the finish line ahead of Jesus.

Technically this was our best race, underrating Jesus whilst walking through them over the course. Apparently put the blades in then push is good advice. (mt)
A solid race for M1: Jesus attempted to tank it down the course, rating 38, or thereabouts, while M1 sat back at 34 and cruised away. Very pleasing to watch! (R.J.C. Stroud)
Semi finals
Beat Emma M1 by 5/2 of a length
This was fun. On stroke 18 I had bowman, there isn't really much else to it. As the gap opened it got heavy with our victory fairly clear, so we brought the rate down to about 29 to allow people to get the legs on with lower power output. (mt)
I don't think there was any point at which Emma posed a threat during this race- we were faster off the start, and faster throughout the race, end of. (R.J.C. Stroud)
Beat LMBC M1 by 1/3 of a length
Technically a little scrappy, but when rating 4 pips higher than in any sustained piece so far I suppose that's to be expected. We took about 2 seats in the start then steadily moved through them up the reach. On 3 man we had a move which took me to bow ball. Then we hit the railway bridge. With the corner to their advantage, they took a huge lift. We tried to respond but didn't gain much speed for it. Julia thinks the corner was worth 1/3 of a length, they gained 1/2 a length. Then they got stuck, and soon enough we had crossed the line and won. (mt)
Maggie put out a pretty stacked boat, with 2 or 3 people who rowed in the boat races this year. Intimidating? Nah...

The two boats were pretty level off the start, with neither gaining an advantage. From there, we slowly edged away, and had about 1 length coming under the railway bridge. Maggie made a heroic push under the bridge, trying to capitalise on their corner advantage, and closed around half a length. We held them using sheer determination (and a decent amount of brute force- the rhythm slipped a bit as a result), knowing that the finish line was in sight, and won by about 1/4 length. This was retribution for last year's race, under very similar circumstances, but when Maggie managed to squeeze past the finish line 1 foot ahead.

M1's technical superiority won the race; Maggie were more powerful man for man, but failed to transfer that into boat speed.

Yeah boys! (R.J.C. Stroud)

1. M1 Winners Photo

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