Our first leg lacked guts but it was our first outing as a "crew" - we did have one 7-watt sub. Unfortunately we "accidentally forgot" to turn the telemetry on so won't know just how much Marcus quiched.
The second leg we really aimed to attack with guts and did move on Clare until we hit the wind.
It was a pretty choppy set of rowing but a good start. A lot of free speed will come with some miles together. At this time I am reminded of Julia Attwood's unrelenting optimism and am looking forward to hunting down some crews come Bumps.
Although our first leg was in no way lacking in guts, it didn't have the confidence or the togetherness required to really make the most of the tailwind and the stream. Considering this was our first outing as a crew (and with Marcus kindly subbing in for Pete, with Jon jumping up to the stroke seat temporarily), it is hardly surprising that things were moderately rocky and uncertain. However, as I'm sure Jedge will agree, as he and I are the only returners from last year's Lents crew, there is a lot more power than we had this time last year, and equally a great deal of potential to exploit and develop over the term under Jacqui's expert tutelage.
After what can only be described as a grueling and time-consuming selection process, we finally have the 9 friends who are going to gurn 804 up onto Christ's and Peterhouse's sterns in a month's time. The awesome attack which we gave in the second piece, despite an horrific headwind, is a great testament to the commitment and drive in this crew. From start to finish there was a positive, constructive attitude from almost everyone in the crew, and that really does bode well. I can't wait for an awesome term with you guys. Let's go smash it.
Crew selection was yesterday, which means that H2H was our first outing as a crew (with Marcus subbing for Peter).Â
The first leg was rather scrappy, and we struggled to lift the rate to above 30. It also seemed at times that we were too aware of the fact that we would have to do another piece.Â
We aimed to really attack the second piece, which I think we managed to do despite the horrific headwind. After spending most of first post reach trying to not lose our blades to the wind, we had an awesome lift around Grassy where we gained on Clare ahead of us. Then the wind hit us again on the Long Reach.Â
27th of January 2018, a
day that shall live in infamy at least in the mind of Lent M2 crew, for it was
the baptism of fire for what has been called a very fast M2, possibly the
fastest there has ever been. Work started well before the race. After a heated
debate and a careful consideration of every nook and cranny of the river, under
the leadership of Jacqui and Kristina, a plan was drawn up. But then, it
started to rain. Although it is true that bad weather can wear down even the
toughest, it did not have any effect on our heroes, for they carry the heart of
a lion inside them. It would be a mistake to describe the first leg of M2 with
any other word except - heroic. Getting off from a choppy start, the crew
managed to concentrate their effort in the second half of the course and went
for a push. Victory was at hand, but then, a disaster blade popped out of a
gate. This was clearly a sabotage of the dreaded Maggie. Nevertheless, M2
finished with honour. Between first and second leg, Petr shared some biscuits,
with a questionable nutritional value but with invaluable positive effect on
the crews morale. Second leg required our heroes to row directly into a
headwind. Whole crew felt confident throughout the race and went for a push
500m before the finish, this time uninterrupted. When the day was finished M2
received 5th place. A good result no doubt and a solid base for
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