The Club's Results

Lent Term 2017

1st men's VIII

Head of the Nene (IM3 VIIIs)

3rd in category, 11th overall
Time: 17:31.6
Not the most usual or expected of races. We overtook three times, were overtaken by St Paul's' hungry 2nd VIII, and were impeded on an overtake by an overhead crabbing RAF crew.

It's quite clear that we're not rowing together. There are many odd things going on, and once our crew order is fixed we can (and must) really work on getting all the parts of our stroke and recovery together. I think the 8 of us can row sufficiently well - we just need to agree on what we are doing at each point in the cycle. We also need to keep our heads in the boat more - I know I was myself guilty of breaching this fundamental rule more than once on Saturday.

Not our best race, but we went in with a good attitude, and came out with a great one. Now we just need to make sure we all do weights, do our set ergs, and commit to every single stroke, every single outing.

Most importantly, the post-race "Nandanks" generated a new goal for the term: JESUS-PEMBROKE-CAIUS. Let's do it, lads. We've got it in us, now we know exactly what we're fighting for, let's go out and smash it over the next four weeks.
(Forbes)
Crews were set off with barely any gap. As a result we spent most of our time in pretty awful water. This was good preparation for all of the bumps we are going to be making. There was a tremendous feeling that there is a lot more to come from the crew. Let's bring it all together.

Crew Nandos generated a lot of positive energy. Time to smash it.
(Ben)
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Robinson Head (1st division)

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Pembroke Regatta (1st division)

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Lent Bumps

Wednesday
Rowed over
We did not anticipate any threat from Queens M1 behind us, and so our focus was on trying to bump Jesus M1.
Unfortunately, our rowing was untidy and overexcited, trying to use brute force that we didn't really have. We didn't really get anywhere near Jesus M1, and by the time we got to the Reach they had pulled away quite convincingly and so our bank party got us to take the rate down.
(Chris E.)
Thursday
Rowed over
This time we had a real threat behind from Peterhouse M1, and JPD had warned us that if we rowed like we did yesterday we were going to get bumped.
We found more calmness and solidity right from the start, and it soon became apparent that Peterhouse were not getting particularly close. Thus we were able to keep calm through the corners. Out of Ditton we took a push and started moving away from Peterhouse M1. We kept moving throughout the Reach, and finished a long way ahead of them.
(Chris E.)
Friday
Bumped by Peterhouse
My collar broke. Bummer. Despite at least 30 crabs it still took Peterhouse till the exit of Ditton to hit us. (Ben)
We went into this race with a lot of optimism, having seen off Peterhouse M1 yesterday and with the descending Pembroke M1 crew ahead of us.
We had some very messy strokes in the start, but then things seemed to settle down and I was not particularly worried. But then the messy strokes happened again and the balance of the boat became very chaotic, before seeming to settle down again for a while. Again and again this kept happening, and it quickly became apparent that something was wrong.
In fact the button (also known as the collar) of our stroke-man's oar had broken, meaning that he kept getting stuck with his blade at the wrong angle, unable to take the stroke and instead slowing the boat down.
Peterhouse gradually gained on us, and were clearly dangerously close by the time we came out of Ditton. We tried to hold them off with some increase in pressure, but we got bumped a short distance along the Reach.
(Chris E.)
Saturday
Bumped by Christ's
We were angry after yesterday, but also somewhat hopeful that we might be able to bump Peterhouse M1 back given how far we moved away from them on Thursday.
I don't think we rowed quite as well off the start and around the corners as we did on Tuesday, and Christ's M1 managed to get inside station. But then, coming onto the reach, we had a push that brought more power and a big rhythm, and at that point it felt like we were going to move away and probably get the bump on Peterhouse M1.
Unfortunately, we were possibly going slightly too all-out with power and becoming incautious with platform. Or maybe we just got unlucky. Either way, a crab brought an end to our move, we did not manage to recover it in time, and Christ's M1 caught us.
(Chris E.)
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