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Head of the Cam

16/35 - 2nd in Other Mays - 9:42

It was a beautifully sunny day for the first race of the season, the Head of the Cam race run by Chesterton Rowing Club. Using Emma as our substitute cox, we sat in a massive queue of boats waiting to get up to the start, which didn't help our attempts at getting into a good rhythm. After a bit of sunbathing whilst marshalling at Baitsbite, we were finally ready to start.

Head of the River

113   -   2nd Fastest College   -   23rd /79 in IM2

M1 approaching the finish

Kingston Head of the River

16:01.4 - 3rd Fastest College

M1 Racing at Kingston

Yes, you read that correctly. M1 raced off cam for the first time in recent memory (at least 4-9 years) this weekend, coming down to Kingston Head preparation for head of the river next Saturday.

Day 4 W2

Bumped Emma III.

 

Full race report to follow.

Day 4 M2

Rowed Over


AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

We knew we had our toughest ask of the week as the last act. Not only were King's II the fastest crew that we'd chased all week, they were also chasing a spooning Girton II crew who hadn't rowed more than a kilometre combined across their 3 races. The fact that they took in excess of 5 minutes parking at Chesterton didn't do a lot to inspire confidence that they'd be able to hold King's off for long enough.

Day 4 M1

"AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH" 

Rowed over.

 

We set out feeling fairly confident; we had been improving all week, we knew we were faster than Selwyn and we knew they had failed to gain on Christ's the day before. Not complacent about the threat they posed, we put together our race plan built around our strong cruising speed and strength in the second minute of the race.

Day 4 W1

Day 3 W1

Day three

 

New day, new opportunities. After bumping LMBC yesterday (and feeling

PRETTY good about that!), we were ready for day three, with Clare once

again ahead of us. With two original crew members out, we were lucky enough

to get two amazing subs (thanks Emily and Rachael!), and the plan was to

have a solid row, knowing that LMBC were eager to take back our well-earned

bump! Despite the heavy winds and strong current we set off to a good

Day 3 M1

Heading into the race, we knew FaT II would be much stronger than their LMBC/Caius counterparts. We geared the race plan accordingly, anticipating the long game and over the quick bump.

Day 3 M2

Bumped FaT IV

The conditions today were, to put it mildly, far from ideal. After a lot of discussion about whether the boats in the W3 division would be rowing fast enough to avoid drifting back down the reach (it turns out they were, just), and Ivan fitted his new (smaller) shoes, we eventually got the boat out to drift down to Chesterton for marshalling.