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Cambridge Winter Head (M1) (Race Report)

Posted by Lizzie Bennett on Saturday 19th November 2011
Winter head 2011 - 19th November

It would be fair to say that this year’s Winter Head was a bit of a fiasco from start to (almost) finish for Peterhouse Boat Club. This was not the fault of any of the rowers: firstly, only one of the club’s six entries (two each for the first boats and one each for the second boats) was actually entered into the draw: M1’s IM3 entry. Although the other crews were disappointed (and M1 were really very unhappy only to be able to row the course once instead of twice), the M1 IV entered the race in good spirits, which perhaps had been elevated by the spectacle of Bomber locking one of our most supportive alumni in the fours bay (like a true Petrean, Gordon took it in his stride).

The row down to the marshalling area was neat and powerful, but there was quite a long wait in the cold during the marshalling. Unperturbed, Peterhouse took their place in the queue of boats to be sent off from the start (the Motorway Bridge), although for some reason a women’s eight from London had been moved into the position immediately before us. Despite having a slight time delay to account for the fact that we would be faster than the London crew, we still caught up with the London crew well before First Post Corner. The London crew refused to clear to the outside so that we could take the racing line, and we were forced to overtake on the outside. Unfortunately the London cox decided not to steer to the left round Grassy Corner, but instead to steer to the right, straight towards the bank and into us. Peterhouse M1 - somewhat miffed - disentangled themselves from the London crew and the towpath and stormed off down Plough Reach, attempting to relax and put in a good time for the rest of the course, despite having lost a good thirty seconds in the pile-up.

As a testament to the crew’s ability to reset mentally and settle straight back into a rhythm, they still put in a time which won the IM3 IV division, and which also beat the winning crew in the IM2 division. The presentation of an engraved hip flask to each member of the crew did calm our spirits a bit, especially when said hip flasks were filled with something stronger than water. One of the advantages of having put in a slow time was that our Fairbairns opposition would not know how quick we could actually be. It was a useful day which proved that the crew certainly had the right mindset when it came to racing, and that even our interrupted time was by no means slow.

Crew:
bow - Bob Evans
2 - Simon Kirk
3 - Karel Kabelik
stroke - Rob Watson
cox - Lizzie Bennett

M1 May Bumps 2010 - Fourth Day: Bumped Selwyn (Race Report)

Posted by Admin on Thursday 9th September 2010
The final day of the 2010 Bumps found us facing Selwyn, who had bumped us on the first day. The weather was fine and the atmosphere electric. We knew that Selwyn would outpace us over the first three minutes, but we also knew we could be outperform over the length of the course. It was simply a case of Robinson holding on for those first three minutes. According to observers on the bank, Selwyn got quite close to making the Bump. I recall one Petrean shouting at us quite angrily from the bank because of the gap which Selwyn had placed between us. However, out of Ditton the water just disappeared as we went from two lengths to half a length with startling speed. LMBC II - with a miraculously rebuilt boat which it had apparently taken 4 boatmen all night to repair - were nowhere in sight behind us. We closed in on Selwyn coming into the railway bridge and just as our cox was about to give the kill call they caught a crab and conceded before any damage was done. It had been a turbulent week, but it finished on a high.

M1 May Bumps 2010 - Third Day: Bumped LMBC II (Race Report)

Posted by Admin on Thursday 9th September 2010
Today was the day we sought the Bump we felt we had been denied on the first day. We knew we were capable of catching LMBC II and holding off Downing providing we kept our heads. We did. The start was far more disciplined and we settled into a good, advancing rhythm which reeled in LMBC II. As we pulled out of Ditton, we delivered the killing blow, hitting them several times before they conceded. And went into the bank. Despite the boat-breaking entanglement which ensued, we'd like to thank LMBC for their rowers' sportsmanship afterwards.

M1 May Bumps 2010 - Second Day: Rowed Over (Race Report)

Posted by Admin on Thursday 9th September 2010
Slighlty put out by the events of the first day we produced a creditable - if again workmanlike - row. The start was smoother and we settled better. Although getting in a strong rhythm, we failed to challenge Selwyn before they took out LMBC II on Grassy and every credit to our cox for managing to negotiate the potential nightmare which was developing. We cruised out onto Plough Reach and began to settle and although Downing II made a challenge, we pushed them away easily. From Ditton to the Top Finish we took lengths out of Robinson ahead of us, but failed to consolidate these gains, only coming to within two lengths by the end. We rowed over without any serious problems, looking forward to challenging LMBC II the next day.

M1 May Bumps 2010 - First Day: Bumped By Selwyn (Race Report)

Posted by Admin on Thursday 9th September 2010
The first day of the Mays was not quite what anyone expected. The gun went, we got through a start that was workmanlike rather than spectacular and managed to settle into a reasonable rhythm as we came into First Post corner, gaining on LMBC II. Selwyn had a push and began to move up on us through the gut. However, we pushed away from them coming out of grassy, gaining on LMBC II and getting to three whistles. Unfortunately the appalling conditions and bouncing water spun our bowman's blade, resulting in a boat stopping crab. Selwyn closed in a few strokes. What resulted behind was utter carnage as Downing crashed into the bank, Selwyn's cox went into the river and Grassy corner generally looked like a sea battle.
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