The Club's Results
Fairbairn Cup 2018
A 4300m timed head race on the Cam for VIIIs
Fri 30th November
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8th, 6th Cambridge College, 12th overall
Not our best row perhaps, but I think this race was really a fitting final race for this Michaelmas M1: nothing spectacular technically, but powerful and truly intensely committed.
We blasted off the start going over rate 40, and "settled" to a powerful 37 coming under Elizabethan bridge. Bomber described the first few minutes of this race as "really quite good", which is some compliment for those of us who know him. I think the rate fell to (still quite a powerful) 35 by the time we were under the white bridge. Technically, I think we started losing some patience around the front end which meant we were not connecting as well - something to work on for next term.
To be honest I can't say I remember much of the rest of the race, (not that I remember the first part very well) but I think we had very good lifts under the railway bridge and coming into the plough. Jedge started winding it up in the gut for the finish, and the entire crew threw everything we had into it for a fantastic (albeit slightly frantic) sprint for the finish.
Winning seems to have been an ambitious goal looking at the margin by which Downing beat us, but we were really not far off a 3rd place finish and miles ahead of many other colleges, some of which are quite close to us in bumps. There are also still many obvious technical changes that could be made, which suggests that there is a lot of easy speed to be found next term. While a slightly disappointing result, I had a fantastic time rowing with great people in a great crew. Every time Kerem called for a lift, I knew that I would have 7 other people to back me up - thanks for the great term guys.
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