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From unlikely beginnings to placing 5th of Cambridge colleges in Fairbairns, M1 has had a blinder of a term. All those long ergs and over-the-lock morning outings paid off in the end.
M1 arrived at the shed an hour before push-off time and settled into a hearty warm-up. When the time came we placed Todd in the water and paddled down to Jesus lock to marshal with some of our most perfectly sat strokes all term. We stayed calm and cool as Pembroke M2 attempted to rattle us by spouting mathematical definitions and theorems through their speakers.
After several hard weeks of training following the Autumn Head disaster, M1 were ready to redeem ourselves. A trip to Peterborough had cemented the crew and we were prepared to spend ourselves.
The paddle down to the lock went smoothly and we managed to get in a burst at pace. With a ridiculous number of crews entered, and a proportional amount of organisational work for Cantabs, the wait at the lock was rather long. We used the opportunity to eye up the crew in front of us - Imperial College School of Medicine BC.
Spurred on by visions of glory, we set to work preparing this boat for the University Fours regatta in the last week of October. Alas, it was not to be. We soon discovered that we had drawn Lady Margaret, the only crew with any chance of beating us, in the first round. Fully prepared to put everything into that first race, we continued with our training, but it was not long before disaster struck. Two days before Race Day, our two-man Simcha Brownson dislocated his shoulder.
On Friday W1 raced Fairbairns – the annual 4.3 km race from Jesus flag pole to just beyond the motorway bridge. In the build up to the race, we had been focussing on putting the power down in every single stroke, and getting the hips swing through to the finish. We practiced this at rate as well, to make sure we would be able to find a nice rhythm on the day. Having had a couple of days of extremely cold weather we had been warned to bring a lot of kit to wear for marshalling so we duly emerged from the portacabin on Friday in at least 3 layers of kit + jumpers each.
On Saturday W1 raced Cambridge winter head. This followed the usual Cambridge head race course from the motorway bridge to just short of Green Dragon footbridge. We entered the race twice as preparation for Fairbairns – the second race designed to give us experience of racing whilst tired from already having raced 2.5 km. The focus of the day was in really making the boat move by pushing hardest in the middle 4 minutes from the gut – a point where we have previously slowed down in racing.
With one hand draped nonchalantly over the brass-handled steering wheel of his Thames motor cruiser the captain, with his other hand holding a Champagne flute, gestured towards his passengers seated behind him. Their eyes widened as they alone saw the Crustaceans Leisure Quad heading towards them from behind reeds around a hairpin bend.
This was an event entered purely for fun. The crew had 3 outings, and 1 erg as the racing crew before the event. We found during training that the rhythm which has been slightly elusive in the 8+, was much easier to manage in the 4+. We also did some catches work, and a couple of practice starts which went very well, managing r 38 easily. The only problem we thought we might have with rowing our best race was managing to settle to a sustainable rhythm at r33 after the start.
Boathouse Tendering took place during Aug 16, during which, thanks to healthy fundraising, it was found possible to combine all phases and proceed with the whole design. The overall build contract was placed by the College with Barnes Construction late Sept 16, and work started on site 10th Oct. Meanwhile the boathouse was cleared during Sept (with some help provided by participants at the Alumni Regatta on 17th Sept!), and the Club will operate from the temporary facility established by Caius in the grounds of Corpus boathouse for the whole of academic year 2016/17.
This weekend we rowed Autumn head, our first race of the year. We entered as an 8, and the crew consisted of 5 members of last year’s May's crew (including the cox), 1 from W2, a girl who has been away from rowing for a year, a girl who rowed at school, and a super-sub. As this was the first race of term we were interested to see how we would perform, and especially to see how we would measure up against other colleges. Our row down was a chance to work on cementing the rhythm that we have been working on for several sessions.