The Club's Results

University IVs 2013

1st men's IV (1st division)

Coxed by: Michael Thornton

1st round
Lost to Clare by 45s
Time: 8:28
Outings suggested we rowed much better in headwinds (get the blades in roughly together, then lever together for a few seconds) than tailwinds (miss the catches, leave Matt hanging at the front on his own for a while, mess up the finishes slightly later), so we were disappointed when the predicted headwind was "only" gusting 30 knots.

It turned out to be a bit irrelevant; we moved away from Clare slightly off the start, but before the rudder had come on for First Post corner they had closed more than half of the initial 100 yard gap and the result was painfully obvious. As they politely asked to overtake coming into Ditton, a brief debate was held as to whether they had the umpire's permission to do so before the reach, but a quick check revealed that CUCBC hadn't deigned to supply our race with an umpire. We therefore had the pleasure of racing alongside Clare's 1.5 Blues crew for... a few strokes, as they took the outside of Ditton.

With the race over and Clare out of sight, we rather lost cohesion/power/interest for the slog up the reach and so don't have much idea how races against Queens' or Kings' might have played out. Three of us (with the addition of Bence) look forward to our return on Thursday for a lighter and more wiggly race against the old enemy. (Peter)

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