The Club's Results
Clare Novice Regatta, Mich Term 2013
A side-by-side knock out regatta for Cambridge College novice (beginner) VIIIs
Thu 28th - Sat 30th November
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Lost easily to Caius A
I think we were probably faster than Caius. Certainly, we were 2 seats up when Lydia caught the first of her overhead crabs, about 10 strokes in. Sadly, these things happen, and we lost about 5/4 lengths recovering the situation. We did move back to a length down, and were moving through Caius, but Lydia caught another boat-stopper, and we crashed into the towpath bank. At this point, the race was over.
However, to the girls' credit, at no point did the power or rate drop off, even when they were 5 or 6 lengths down, and they gave a good account of themselves. I was proud to see that. With a lack of race experience, we can always expect mistakes to happen. I think the crew dealt with the issues that arose as well as they could, which is very pleasing.
On the face of it, this wasn't an ideal result going into Fairbairns, but perhaps there is a silver lining. We have at least had our shocking race of term. Next time when we line up, we are going to remain calm and in control, and we will try and beat Caius. I believe putting this result right should be the primary objective of the crew coming into Fairbairns, and hopefully we will use every stroke we take from now on to get closer to that goal. Come the dinner, I'll drink to that.
Beat Jesus B by 1/2 length
The boats were pretty even for the first hundred feet or so before we started pulling ahead. Despite getting rather close to their side of the river, no clashes occurred as we were almost a whole length ahead, although the marshals were getting irate.
As the finish line approached, Jesus managed to find new strength and they accelerated forward at an alarming rate. Fortunately, it was a case of too little too late although they did cut the distance between us significantly.
It was a great race and celebrations certainly weren't muted.
Pembroke C scratched
Lost to Lady Margaret B by a canvas
It was a good race, with both crews holding level off the start. We slowly started to move away after a couple of hundred metres, but they hung on to us. We had a big push out of the railway bridge, with Felix deciding that a power ten wasn't enough and calling his own super power ten, and pulled out half a length.
With about 15 strokes to go, I thought they had it in the bag. Then a pretty massive crab appeared, and Maggie came back... and just about edged it over the line. Definitely less than a canvas - neither us nor Maggie knew who'd won it until we asked the marshals.
A very promising race, with a disappointing end. However, it's looking very promising for Fairbairns - I think that NM2 have a good shot at being the fastest NM2 on the river.
Jesus C scratched
Beat Magdalene B by 1 length
Very proud of how they did - they beat an NM2 despite being over a length down, and never gave up.
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