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Cambridge Winter Head to Head 2007

Saturday 20th January

Previous event: Winter Training Camp - Following event: Peterborough Head of the Nene

1st Men's VIII

Bow: Will Kerr‑Muir, 2: Ed Day, 3: Philip Garsed, 4: Ben Evans, 5: David Hardeman, 6: David O'Brien, 7: Chris Baker, Stroke: Joel Jennings, Cox: Mary Flook/Nick Acock

Scratched due to broken rudder string

Chris Baker reports:

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The Mighty Men's 1st VIII, and their macons, took to the water ready to show the other colleges the effects of all the hard work put in at Molesey. After disregarding Nick's pre race instructions for the first minute, the boat settled to a leisurely 30, disappearing from LMBC2 and gaining ground on Pembroke. That is until grassy, where the shear force of the teams bulk caused the rudder wire to capitulate. After having a brief altercation with the bank, the men pulled over 6 lengths clear of LMBC2 by the finish.

After an inspirational team talk, it was decided to row back in sixes, with Nick showing us the less agricultural line through grassy. However, the men still managed to catch Girton(W2), finishing in an estimated total time of 22:50 (9:05 downstream [excluding pit stop], 13:45 upstream).

There is much more to come from this crew, and they will no doubt show this in the coming weeks; equipment permitting.

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Photos of the 1st Men's VIII: click to view full size. (see all six photos of this crew)


1st Women's VIII

3rd out of 12 College 1st VIIIs in a total time of 22:35 (downstream: 10:05 - 2nd, upstream: 12:30 - 4th)

David Jones reports:

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The 1st Women didn't really know what to expect at the H2H given our style of rowing at this point in the term (powerful but not terribly elegant...). However, in very strong wind and stream conditions we put up a pretty good show on the first leg, overtaking Trinity Hall and finishing 2s off Jesus in 2nd place. On the return leg into a very gusty headwind it perhaps felt a little more sluggish than we would have liked, but the time was still fairly solid considering we felt there was more in the tanks: ending up 3rd overall, 15s ahead of Emma...

So a pretty satisfactory start to the term. If nothing else it was interesting to get a rough gauge of where other colleges are at this point (with Caius being the noticeable absentee), and certainly a reasonable platform to build on for the races coming up over the next few weekends.

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