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Pembroke Regatta, Lent Term 2020

4th men's VIII (M3 division)

Coxed by: Ana Dolinar

1st round
Beat Pembroke M5 (1 ½ Lengths)
Having the misfortune of being one of the two crews who failed to get a bye into the second-round, we gingerly arrived at our early marshalling appointment half-expecting the race to be called off. In spite of the vicious cross-winds, the conditions were deemed safe...

After a quick chat with Ana to clarify our steering strategy (i.e. hold our line and wait for the wind to blow the opposition onto our side), the two crews were lined up and ready to go. A strong push off the start saw us take a healthy lead, and some slick rowing saw us steadily edge ahead as we neared the railway bridge. A final effort by Pembroke got them ever so slightly closer, but we easily held on to take our first win of the day.
(Michael Nguyen)
Quarter finals
Beat LMBC M3 (Easily)
After the fortuitous scratching of Girton M3 in the previous round, we entered the quarter-finals expecting a stern test from the red menace. Somewhat surprisingly, a strong start led to us opening up a 1/2 length lead, and both crews settled in for what was shaping to be a nailbiting race.

Unfortunately, our rivals were no match for the cross-wind, gradually veering towards the towpath side and causing us to steer into the bank twice. After we had come to a grinding halt just before the railway bridge, LMBC capitalised and set up a commanding lead, crossing the finish line first.

Some tense conversations on the bank followed, as both crews awaited a verdict. Reluctant to disqualify our opposition for their obvious misdeeds, the umpires came up with a novel solution - a re-row in the opposite direction downstream.

Thankfully, instant karma prevailed as Maggie crashed straight into a houseboat off the restart. After a chunky paddle down the reach, we were into the semi-finals.
(Michael Nguyen)
Semi finals
Lost to Pembroke M3 (Easily)
Very impressive for M4 to reach the semi final of the M3 division - bring on the Getting on Race!! (H.J. Hampson)
As an M4 entered in the M3 division, it is safe to say that we did not expect to be gunning for a spot in the final. The only thing standing between us and an all-FaT finale were Pembroke M3 - winners of the M3 division at the previous week's Newnham Head.

Knowing they were easily faster than us, our strategy was simply to keep with them long enough so that the wind would hopefully blow them onto our side of the river and disqualify them. This went slightly pear-shaped when they absolutely gunned it off the start and immediately took clear water. The short turnaround after the quarter-final re-row took its toll on us with Pembroke's lead gradually increasing. A valiant push off the railway bridge was for nought as there was simply no juice left in the legs.

(Michael Nguyen)

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