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CUCBC Small Boats RegattaMonday
Fairbairn Junior Sculls - David Hopper (by 13 seconds) and Mark Jacobs (by 11 seconds) both lost their first races and took no further part in the competition.
Maiden Sculls - Sarah Allen won two races to reach the final where she lost to Newnham's Chlo Squires by 6.5 seconds.
Men's Magalene Silver Pairs - Seb Thormann won the event with his race partner from Clare.
Bushe-Fox Freshmen's Sculls - David Hopper reached Wednesday's final.
Peter Brandt Men's Maiden Sculls - Mark Jacobs won his first race.
Dave Hopper beat scullers from LMBC and St Catherine´s to win the Bushe-Fox Freshmen´s Sculls, winning the final race by a 35 seconds.
Mark Jacobs reached the semi-finals of the Peter Brandt Men´s Maiden Sculls losing by 4 seconds to the eventual winner from Robinson.
In the Foster-Fairbairn Trial Pairs for Men, Matthew Satchwell and Mark Jacobs narrowly lost (by 3 seconds) their first race in the event to a pair from First and Third.
Overall, Petreans won two out of the eleven events in the Regatta (The Bushe-Foxe Freshman Sculls and the Magdalene Silver Pairs), reached the semi finals of the Men´s Maiden Sculls and the finals of the Women´s Maiden Sculls as well as putting in good performances in the heats of other events.
Head Of The Nene (Peterborough)After a somewhat hectic start to the term, with several unfortunate issues surrounding crew selection, and a considerable amount of on-water time being spent in traffic; the mens first VIII ventured to Peterborough to race in Head of the Nene.
The crew comprised of three freshmen and only two 1st Mays oarsmen; so the intention was to use the opportunity to get a long training piece in with the chance to experience rowing in close proximity to other crews, and to row on another stretch of river.
Due to stroke having a previously ARA point, we were racing in S3, and were intending to race over at 28.
A good, solid, start saw us holding the AK crew behind, with them slowly catching us up over the first 5 mins of the race; during this time we were catching the crew ahead, and as Mark Stringer (coxing) wanted to move out to overtake, the AK crew did likewise; forcing us to hold our line. Running out of water, we were forced to drop the rate to prevent an accident. The situation occurred again as an Imperial crew attempted to pass ourselves, AK and the crew ahead of us - this time forcing us to easy as the crew ahead moved into the centre of the river blocking crews from passing. The crew handled this maturely and the rating returned to 28 for the remainder of the race, sitting on a very solid rhythm throughout, despite very bumpy water rowing in the wash of so many crews.
Finished 36th overall, 14th in Senior 3 in 16:29; the fastest College crew being Jesus, who won Senior 3 in 15:10.
Sadly, despite a good row and an enjoyable day, we were unable to convince one of the freshmen to remain in the first VIII, much to the crew's disappointment.
Senior Fairbairns 2005Racing as a somewhat scratch IV+, Mark Stringer, James Curran, Nick Grafton Green, Matthew Satchwell and I decided two weeks before Fairbairns that we'd like to race. Putting in an outing for each crew member (one of which was half an outing due to traffic) and borrowing a boat for the race, we were at a disadvantage to those crews who had been training all term.
Race day arrived and it was windy as Fairbairns often is, and cold, although not that cold when out of the wind; but escaping the wind whilst marshalling is quite tricky. Our start was simple, two light strokes to get the boat moving, followed by 10 build strokes, 5 high and a "settle now" call to hit our race rhythm. 5 strokes into the build our boat speed had come up nicely, but we were rating, at best, 24. The last 5 strokes of the build brought it up a bit, and we settled onto a solid, long and sustainable rhythm, probably rating about 26, although 28 was the intention.
Excellent coxing by Mark meant that we took full advantage of every wind shadow - putting in big silent pushes and taking the rate up where we could. We got early notification of every gust of wind, and the crew dealt with these maturely, sharpening up and holding in the finishes. Although by the end of stage 2 when Mark called that it was starting to hurt, everyone in the crew was thinking that it had already been hurting for a good few minutes.
Pushing into and out of Chesterton we solidified our rhythm down to the Railway bridge, trying to ensure that our earlier pushes weren't wasted. Pushing off the Railway bridge we put in a good reach, before taking it up 2 at the railings and building for the finish. The last 40 strokes went really quickly with Mark putting in awesome silent pushes for each of us in the boat, and the crew were really responsive to them - bringing the boat speed and rating up all the way to the finish.
After returning, snacking, derigging the boat, and a well-earned pint, we found out the time and the result. 3rd place. Excellent achievement for an unfit, technically crude crew, but a really committed and well-coxed race.
Boston Marathon 2005The race, well, how to describe it - the others may disagree but for me the first word that leaps to mind is 'boring'. It's hard to convey the deep sense of hopelessness that comes from rowing for what seems like an eternity only to hear Ali's cheerful voice go "now I can see the 23 km mark, we're doing really well!" and vaguely remembering being told you were passing the 22 km mark sometime in the distant past, but you have died inside of boredom and exhaustion four times since then. Oh, and it hurts of course.
Three moments from the race stick in my mind - the first is the time we were overtaken by our opposition (the other S4 mixed four), who had started around half an hour after us. They looked at us in disbelief and said "is that our opposition?", then vanished. The second was being overtaken after around 30k by a pair with two grey-haired old gentlemen in it. Ali asked them how they felt: their stroke replied "f***ked" and their bow replied "old" - then they disappeared off into the distance leaving us 19-22-year olds paddling along in their wake. The
third was after about 35k being told encouragingly by some guys on a stationary boat that we looked "really good". That was the worst, quite clearly we looked anything but, but we looked like we needed the encouragement or something. Very upsetting.
Anyway, we had, um, well fun isn't really the right word. Lisa had cut herself the day before and bled profusely all over the inside of the boat. Matthew hurt his back but soldiered bravely on. Mark has a chemical imbalance in his brain that makes him think that the race was enjoyable, and I still haven't broken it to him that I would rather die than do that marathon again - and as for myself, well, I don't recommend trialling AT ALL because the coaches take a sadistic joy in seeing people cradle their lacerated palms and weep as they say "spin here, we have time for another reach".
Anyway, thought I'd let you know how it went, forgive the long email. We raised 48 quid from PBC members by the way (which doubles thanks to Patrick - to 96 pounds) and a bunch more from others which we haven't worked out yet. Thanks for your support!
May Bumps 2005Day 1
A slow start to the Mays this year, with nobody going up on the first day.
Good solid start from M1. Caius cranked it up hard for the start, hoping for a quick bump and moved in to about a length while M1 held distance on Selwyn. From halfway between the motorway and first post, Selwyn started moving away, caius started to fall back. In first post corner, Selwyn were fortunate to survive, clashing heavily with a crew on the outside of the corner, but managed to reset as M1 came back on distance. Caius were still falling well back. Out of grassy, Selwyn started moving out from M1, with fitness being the major decider. Out of ditton into the reach, Caius started moving back in, closing to about a length at the finish.
W1 got a good start, gaining slightly on Kings until they caught Emma and bumped out. Held off Fitz pretty well until hitting the headwind around Ditton then everything just collapsed, allowing Fitz to catch us in the Reach.
M2 set off with a far from prefect start, and didn't really move in on Emma III. The lower half of the division was halted after another boat failed to clear, and all except Trinity III and Emma III were awarded technical rowovers. Emma failed to catch Trinity in their re-row, so it'll be just the same start order for all of us tomorrow.
W2 - A bit of a scrappy start (mainly due to the cannon going when we reached 5 on the countdown!) turned into a respecatble row. Unfortuately Catz who were chasing us ploughed straight into the bank on the second stroke and were immediately bumped. A very good and rather stacked LMBC crew gradually moved in from 3 crews behind, and despite holding them off all the way to Ditton, we were reeled in on the Reach, and over-bumped with less than a minute to go before the finish.
M3 were unfortunately got the better of by a rather unsporting gust of wind, which with but a few seconds to the cannon blew the bows towards the meadow-side bank. With no time to recover M3 were overtaken (and therefore bumped) by a rather lethargic Homerton II (whom we shall catch tomorrow) whilst parked in the trees.
Another hard day for Peterhouse. M1 had a good and solid start but were rowed down by a determined Trinity crew coming up to Ditton corner. W1 had a solid row over being chased by CCAT, with some excellent corners around all the traffic on Grassy!
M2 fought hard to close in on Emma, but were worn down by a much larger Fitz crew, again getting bumped just before Ditton corner. W2 had a 'rather dissappointing' row with Newnham closing in rapidly and bumping us soon after the motorway bridge. M3 recovered well from a skewed start, but were rowed down by a fast Christ's crew just after 1st post corner.
Our luck still fails to change, with another bump free day. M1 had an awesome start, good and solid like the first two days, striding out to 36. A second stride brough it down to a more sustainable 33 after 1st post corner. The Caius machine ground us down, taking the inside line round Ditton, forcing us wide and eventually took the bump after the corner. W1 had another gruelling rowover in the heat, this time chasing Emma.
M2 pushed on hard to catch Fitz after their bump yesterday, but they held us on station for most of the course. A very solid rowover. W2 faced another quick boat behind them, and despite a better and more committed row Sidney moved in for the bump fairly quickly. M3 freed themselves from potential spoons by giving a solid rowover, again in the scorching midday sun. Well done to everyone for some committed efforts against the odds.
The last day of racing, and it was a hot one!
The first men were racing off of the second station, chasing Caius II, and being chased by Downing II. Whilst slower than Caius II, Downing never stopped pushing, and again we were wound in, surviving into the long reach. For the first women, it was chance no. 2 at Emma but with Jesus II on for blades tearing up behind us. We matched them for whistles up to Grassy; Emma had another good corner and so did we, only we couldn't hear our coach Matt through the crowds, didn't have a clue where Emma were - and Jesus got us outside the Plough. We tried hard, nothing went wrong, but we were bumped and now down 2 overall - though this is a 50% improvement on last Mays..!
M2 were chasing Fitz II again, with Darwin II following. After colliding with an ocean rowing boat on the reach on the way up to marshall, it looked as if Darwin wouldn't make the gun but they arrived with minutes to spare in a replacement boat. Fitz caught Trinity Hall in front shortly after the motorway bridge, and we rowed solidly down the course in the heat stretching our lead over Darwin all the way. A steady end to the week for the most successful PBC boat, with only one bump. W2's attempts to avoid spoons were dealt a heavy blow when our bow girl badly cut her leg while cycling to the boathouse. A frantic search for a last minute sub ensued, and Tabi very kindy stepped in, despite injury, allowing us to avoid the technical bump. We raced to the lock to get there in time, just made it before the start, then tried to get ready to row, albeit missing one rower and our counting-down-person (ably subbed in by Mark). Sadly, any chance of avoiding spoons was lost in all the confusion before the race, but at least we managed to field a boat rather than get technicaly bumped.