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Nines' Regatta 2008

Sunday 25th May

Previous event: Champs Eights Head - Following event: May Bumps Getting-on Race

1st Men's VIII

Bow: James Fulcher, 2: Ed Day, 3: David Hardeman, 4: Ben Evans, 5: Will Kerr‑Muir, 6: Joel Jennings, 7: Chris Baker, Stroke: David O'Brien, Cox: Laura Sutcliffe

Semi-final: Lost to Downing by 1 length; Plate final: Beat First and Third by 1 1/2 lengths

Will Kerr-Muir reports:


Downing race: they were pretty nifty and we were quite rough in the first race - the rhythm came and went but wasn't consistently there.

FaT race: the start is still a bit hit-and-miss but we settled into a good rhythm so we could all put the power down effectively during the race. Excellent steering and increased confidence gave us clear water as we came under the railway bridge.

Interestingly, although the crew was full of mathmos, the FaT race plan, loudly announced at the start, required each crew member to push 1% harder so that overall the boat would go 8% faster. Despite the result, I think they may be on to something: for bumps, we're each going to push 12.5% harder, so overall the boat speed will double and we'll bump in just a few strokes.

Uploaded Sunday 25th May, 21:22