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Pub crawl by mjb93 - Sun 31st Mar 2013, 7:23am
Thanks to all who contributed to an excellent event ... hope everyone made it home afterwards
Does Aerodynamics matter in rowing? by JSB - Fri 15th Mar 2013, 10:17am
From Professor Tony Purnell's proposed 4h year engineering projects:

"Aerodynamics is of second order importance to rowing as the boats move through the air quite slowly. Is this misguided? What is the average cross wind for a season's rowing in major events? Could the rowers, the rigs, the oars, the boats be improved (within the regulations) to lower the aerodynamic drag experienced?"
1+3 In Charge. Again. by Rich - Fri 9th Nov 2012, 6:39pm
Not content with ruling the UK (plenty of Lords in our ranks), 1+3 is now making a play to rule the heavens. We congratulate the cox of the 1975 & 1976 May VIIIs on being appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury - see this article. We are still waiting for confirmation of Peter Brandt being installed as Supreme Ruler of All Existence - can't be long now.
Offer; W. Gilet and Splash Jacket by Jo Sampson - Sun 29th Jul 2012, 8:06pm
I have a couple of items of (women's) kit which are doing nobody any good sitting in a drawer under my bed.

Spartan Gilet, Medium. Fleece, with splashproof back. First & Third Trinity printed on back. Cat & Buns (& Mercer logo) embroidered on front.
Spartan Splash Jacket, Small. Cat & Buns (& Mercer logo) embroidered on front.

If you are interested please contact me by email. I'm happy to give them away for the price of postage, or free collection from London.


Internet Explorer 9 by Neil T - Wed 22nd Feb 2012, 12:47pm
My computer decided to install IE9 of its own accord last night. The FaT website now looks weird and won't display any images (other websites seem unaffected). Can I do anything about this or is it something to do with old-style code having been rendered obsolete?

[Yes yes, I know, "use Firefox/Chrome" etc.] (2 replies...)
Rowing video quality by RTT - Mon 15th Mar 2010, 6:40pm
I suspect this issue has been tackled by many of us before, so I was hoping to gather suggestions and information into one place.

The problem is simple to frame: What is the best and most practical way to take, process and display video of people rowing, assuming the camera is being used on a bike?

I know that using a tandem can have very positive effects on the raw video, but even then there is lots of shaking involved. How can this be reduced at time of capture? What tools do you / have you used to process the footage? What file types lend themselves best to storing and playing footage of rowing?

Please fire away with suggestions / further questions etc. and hopefully we'll gather a bit of a guide for anyone trying to video rowing in future. (4 replies...)
Pedro at sea by Emma - Thu 11th Mar 2010, 11:46pm
Hi all,

For anyone who would like to follow Pedro's progress in his Atlantic crossing, the website is After five days at sea the crew are coping well and making good progress of 60-70nm a day.

The daily blog is updated usually around 7pm - although unfortunately for avid blob-watchers the satellite tracker only updates sporadically about twice a day. Any messages left on the site will be relayed to the team and are really appreciated by the guys.

Emma (2 replies...)
things in my room by Richard Sworder - Mon 7th Dec 2009, 3:47am
Firstly, I hope everybody had fun at the bop, and the post party in my room. I'm currently cleaning up, and have found a few things.

Pair of black top man shoes
Black coat with two bike lights
Blue scarf
FaT Hoody (Old style, has JPMorgan Sponsorship)

Let me know if it's yours and I'll arrange getting it back to you!

Swords (2 replies...)
Who said physics wasn't useful? by Julijana - Thu 19th Nov 2009, 11:47pm
A friend of mine sent this to me via email. It's from a professor in DAMTP. Any "new" rigging worth trying?
And the winner is... by Emma - Thu 5th Nov 2009, 9:25pm
Number 94 - batch of Magog Muffin Co. Cambridge Blue muffins!!
Number 134 - Overboard 25litre heavy duty yellow dry bag
Number 301 - Ready2Row "I'd Rather be on the River" novelty mug
Number 233 - Ready2Row see-through drybag for documents and valuables

Thanks guys - £101.02 raised!!
Rowing as a group increases pain th by Allen - Sun 18th Oct 2009, 10:17am
I think we already knew this, but now it's published in a journal.
Lookalikes by RTT - Thu 8th Oct 2009, 12:47pm

A dancer
North Pole Challenge by Amelia - Fri 18th Sep 2009, 5:24pm
Dan and I are planning an unsupported expedition to the geographic North Pole in spring 2010. If you are interested, check out our website North Pole Challenge.
Atlantic row by Pedro - Sat 15th Aug 2009, 6:48pm
In January 2010 I'm going to follow in Dan and Rich's 'footsteps' and row across the Atlantic. I've set up a website called One Million Strokes (it's just over 3000 miles!) at , it's still a work in progress. Take a look if you have a minute. Thanks!
Rowing aid on BBC's Dragon's Den by Mark - Thu 30th Jul 2009, 3:48pm
An interesting GCSE D&T concept from a student and rower on Dragon's Den tonight:

Two plastic/rubber blocks that surround the handle, one for each hand, that prevent wear to the hands and blister formation "without interfering with rowing technique".

Will post a BBC iPlayer link when available. (2 replies...)
Seb Swings Stalin the Swan by Jij - Fri 29th May 2009, 9:29am
A friend of mine stumbled across this recent article here.

Read carefully for the name of the assailant.

It seems that's 'Sebastian P' 1-0 'Stalin' the Swan.
Rowing at Oxford by Liz - Wed 11th Mar 2009, 9:33pm
So this is what college boat clubs at Oxford do... (4 replies...) by Emma - Sat 17th Jan 2009, 2:08pm
Details of the University's proposed new sports facilities. (2 replies...)
Graham and Simon's Joke Fest by Simon - Wed 17th Dec 2008, 12:55am
Have just opened a load of Christmas crackers.

Graham: Your starter for ten... (and remember, I must have the answer on my card):

"What did the cavemen say when they saw their first flying reptile?" (378 replies...)
Alastair Hignell by Simon - Sun 14th Dec 2008, 10:46pm
Alastair Hignell was featured in Sports Personality of the Year this evening. For those who don't know, he was an excellent rugby commentator on FiveLive who retired this year. He has degenerative MS, and broadcast with it for eight years, without the illness being widely known by the general public.

Anyway, they said on the show that he was the last person to captain both CUCC and CURFC. He still holds the Cambridge points record for a Varsity rugby march. He has scored a try for England and a century against the West Indies (the latter for his county side). Astonishing.

PS Anyone want to write a "best radio commentator" poll?

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