The Club's Results
Fairbairn Cup 2014
BPBC 2nd men's VIII (Invitation VIIIs)
I only found out I was doing this on the morning of the race, which is I feel in the best of Black Prince tradition. With no real idea of what to expect, we set off, at which point things started to go a bit wrong. Before the start, there had been a minor cox box panic, which had led to me giving my cox box to W2, as theirs had broken. As such I had no ratemeter and little ability to make calls. This wouldn't have been an issue, however the rhythm at which we set off may best be described as "potentially overenthusiastic". I have no way of knowing for sure, but I feel it was a punchy 35 ish. I would have started shouting to try and get more control, but frankly, I was having to much fun blazing down the gasworks wall. Anyway, we proceeded on, and predictably the rhythm started to control itself as people tired, however at Ditton things took a subtle turn for the worse, as Dan caught a crab. This would have been okay, however the gate was damaged, so we were reduced to sevens for the rest of the course, which probably made us a bit slower. I was told by the crew afterwards that we were still dropping the crew behind in sevens, so it wasn't too bad... Anyway, we reached the finish after a difficult but decent row, with a time which was pretty unrepresentative of the quality of the crew. Oh well.