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X-Press Eights' Head 2014

Monday 2nd June

Previous event: Metropolitan Regatta - Following event: May Bumps Getting-on Race

1st Men's VIII

Bow: Richard Gunning, 2: Ed Oughton, 3: Chensong Gao, 4: Ross Buckingham, 5: Callum McKenzie, 6: Jordan Ward‑Williams, 7: Andrzej Hunt, Stroke: Ben Evans, Cox: Esther Momcilovic

2nd overall (Mays 1st Division) in a time of 7:17

Callum McKenzie reports:

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After putting down some solid pieces on Saturday at Met (refer to race reports for sum awesome storiez), we wanted to hold onto the momentum and put in a similar performance for X-press head. We went off from a standing start and the boat picked up very nicely rating around 42 ish (can't really remember). First post corner arrived pretty quickly and had a call for catches (or something similar) coming out of the corner, where we were rating 36. Going up the gut into Grassy corner the rate dropped naturally to a more rhythmic 35 and we just ploughed on through around grassy. Our corners are not perfect yet, but have come on massively from the start of term. As we came onto the reach we went for another big push to keep on the pressure, and the change in the boat could be felt - which was encouraging. Going up the reach felt really nice, again striding onto a nice rhythm. We had another catches call into the railway bridge and a power 10 to really push the bridge away to smash for the line. We wound up for the finish, ending at around rate 36 ish. All in all it was an encouraging race - taking another step forward from where we left off. We need to improve on some finer details within the boat and also our finishes, where hopefully we can pick up some extra boat speed. We were 15 seconds off Caius first VIII - so a somewhat competitive time. We have also just picked up our kit... We are going to look super sexy come bumps!

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2nd Men's VIII

Bow: Nathaniel Zelinsky, 2: Tom Broughton, 3: Alex Gunawan, 4: Robin Elliott, 5: tbc, 6: Ollie Rusk, 7: Ivan Mechkov, Stroke: Jack Barden de Lacroix, Cox: Becky Fletcher

2nd in the Mays 3rd Division in a time of 8:17