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Autumn Head, Mich Term 2022
2,600m head race upstream on the River Cam organised by Rob Roy Boat Club
Sat 1st October
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I joined the other three rowers who had already raced that day for the afternoon division, and, simultaneously, as I was told before setting off, entering into a seat race with our captain. The wind had picked up in the afternoon which made the Reach particularly challenging, as was reflected in the photographed facial expressions of W1(b). Despite these windy conditions and the fact that most of the crew had already raced earlier that day, we managed to keep the rate at 33 throughout. The cox made sure to remind us to keep the power in the legs as we battled to keep Scylla as set as possible, with Bomber’s recommendation to row with an extra clam helping us through the particularly bumpy areas. Despite the harsh conditions and the exhaustion of the 3 rowers that had already raced once, we managed to race the course quicker than the morning division, even if only by 2 seconds. Overall two successful but challenging races and a victorious seat race.
Having been rather ill for the past week, I was happy to be back in a yellow boat for the first time since Monday, even if I was doomed only to be racing once as I was still recovering.
The rest of the crew had already raced, and weren't entirely pleased with how it had gone. It hadn't been smooth, and we'd lost to Peterhouse by 10 seconds.
We set off first in our division, ahead of a 4- filled with ominous all-in-ones from various universities, and stayed at rate 36 off the start, before settling into 32-33.
We stayed at sub-1:40 splits for a surprising length of time - though the Gut did put an end to that. Plough Reach was smooth, controlled and almost pleasant. The Long Reach was quite bad.
The wind had picked up from the morning, and it was immensely scrappy rowing along it. Calls of 'get below 2-minute splits boys' were not quite as encouraging to the heart as they were to the legs. We made it through eventually, seeing the four close some distance as we did. The drive home to Green Dragon was again far smoother than I'd have expected, and we finished in exhaustion.
All smiles, nevertheless, as the rowing felt significantly better than the first race according to those who were there, despite the time being slower. I blame the wind for the loss of this impromptu seat race.
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