The Club's Results

X-Press Head Race, May Term 2015

2nd men's VIII (2nd Mays)

Coxed by: Liv Godwin

5th in category, 2nd fastest M2
Time: 8:15
Not our best rowing. The wind was impressively strong, and this had some kind of psychological impact on our rowing. Even in the sheltered areas simply sitting the boat became a thing we couldn't do. Our race plan was to start as close behind Darwin as possible, then try to blow up by the Plough and spook them by moving closer, as we planned to in bumps. What actually happened was Darwin started miles away and we never got close to them, and we paddled it round at somewhere between 30 and 32, making the rowing calm but still rocky. We weren't remotely dead by the Plough, but this translated into a solid row down the Reach as we tried to put into practice our focus on drive separation. Occuring the day after 2k tests, it was never going to be our best race, but a bit more of what we'd had earlier in the term would have made it more pleasant. Our thanks to Alex Caulfield for coxing us today! (John)

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