We knew this was the race - both crews on this side of the semis were faster than the other semi finalists. Unfortunately, NM1 had met quite the match. Both crews were even in the first few hundred meters of the race but a mini-crab caught followed by a few (or quite a few?) bad strokes meant Caius pulled out to maybe a quarter of length of clear water.
The boys never gave up and a push around the inside corner meant we pulled to maybe a quarter of length of overlap by the finish, but it was sadly not enough. Still, very high level of racing from NM1 (much improved from their rowing at Emma!) and a mentality which bodes well for all of their futures!
Thanks to plenty of practice over the previous week, our start was strong, gaining an entire length on Jesus almost immediately. At this point, Jesus veered right and into the bank, so we understandably thought the race was essentially won. Unfortunately soon after, one of our bowsiders caught a very large crab, pushing us not only across Jesus' path but into the same bank they had hit. As we were pushing back off, Jesus were rapidly approaching, getting a lot of us very worried! Thankfully by the time we were back on the correct side of the river our advantage was around the same as it was before, and the race continued with us slowly pulling away further. An entertaining and hopefully fun first race for the crew!
Pembroke had an extremely strong start and gradually gained around half a length on us in the opening stage of the race. This was almost certainly the best we had rowed so far, but unfortunately Pembroke were on fire and we couldn't consistently gain on them. A controlled but very strong effort which should hopefully bode well for Fairbairns! (Patrick Winter)
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