Women’s Eights Head of the River Race 2015

W1 — 206th overall, 24:00.7
It was an early start for the crew, heading down to London for our first experience on the Tideway. After having our division cancelled in the previous year, we were looking forward to finally getting a chance to row on the Thames. Paddling down to marshall, we warmed up and got used to the choppier waters— very different from what we were used to on the Cam! As we passed the start line, the crew wound it up to a steady rate 32, getting off to a strong start. It was quickly evident that we were gaining on the crew in front of us, getting into position for an overtake. Despite the choppy swells in the middle section of the race, we held our form together and maintained a constant rate of 30/32. We pulled past the crew in front around Hammersmith Bridge, and continued to lengthen the gap between us as we powered down the final section of the course. It hardly seemed like any time at all before we were rowing past Putney Embankment, the finish line within reach. With a final burst of power, we crossed the finish in a respectable 24:00.7. Exhausted but exhilarated, we were pleased to see how much our rowing as a crew had improved since we came together at the beginning of Lent term. A perfect way to end and set us up for success in the Mays.

[Bow] Sophie Harrington, [2] Hana Lewington, [3] Niamh Mulcahy, [4] Vanessa Tyler, [5] Christina Woolner, [6] Phoebe Thompson, [7] Ellie Archer, [Stroke] Antoanela Siminiuc, [Cox] Colette Bane, [Boat] Leo Sharpston.

W1 at Putney Embankment

W1 at Putney Embankment

W1 racing under Hammersmith Bridge

W1 racing under Hammersmith Bridge

Lent Bumps 2015 – Wednesday

M1 – Bumped Girton
We knew Day One was going to be a tough one – behind us we would face the pressure of Clare and Robinson, who have both looked fast this term. In front was Girton, who was much more of an unknown. Our start was pretty scrappy, however we didn’t panic and managed to get onto a reasonable rhythm coming into the motorway bridge. Clare behind had gained to a length, but we were focussed and onto our race speed past the outflow. Approaching first post corner we were outside station on Girton, but holding Clare – who were about to be bumped out by Robinson. We cornered well and started to close in on Girton. Lifting up in the gut we got our first whistle having closed to one length and still gaining gradually. Along plough reach we had moved to half a length on Girton, but stopped gaining coming around Ditton. Out of the corner we lifted and started gaining again, three whistles. The Girton cox steered towards meadow-side allowing us to get clean water in front, and continue our advance to overlap. Half way up the reach Girton conceded as their bowside blade clipped our bows. We showed great focus and attack, but still have some improvements to make for tomorrow.

W1 – Bumped by Girton
It was an excited and nervous crew that rowed down on the first day of bumps. With half the crew never having competed in bumps, including our stroke, it was sure to be quite an experience! Despite a bit of blade trouble luckily spotted before the race, W1 was feeling confident and prepared. We knew keeping away from Girton was going to be tough, but were ready to put as much effort in as we could. After a quick start, W1 gained slightly on Churchill as we tried to put lots of water between us and Girton. Yet despite our best abilities, as we approached first post corner it was clear Girton was coming up strongly from behind. Bumped just before the corner, we were disappointed but sure that we’d given it our best. Looking forward to tomorrow, where we’ll be doing our best to get Girton back, and failing that row over and stay in the first division.

M2 – Rowed over at Head of Division 4 and Sandwich Boat
M2 have been preparing intensely for the Lent bumps this year. Indeed, having not got on last year, some might say that they have in fact been preparing for the last two years, with last year’s failure merely being an attempt to lull the opposition into a false sense of security. This stealth approach continued this term, with the final crew order only being revealed to the crew two thirds of the way through the final outing before the getting on race. While part of the plan, it was a little painful to watch bow 6 being horribly out of time with stern pair in the lead up to the crew changes. However this is a small price to pay for success.

Having got on magnificently the crew decided that they would skip the final preparation outing for bumps owing to the need for rest and a desire to focus mentally on the task at hand (again to lull the opposition into a false sense of security this was disguised as the stoke man oversleeping – a commendable effort was made by all to act out a pretence of anger in the boathouse at 6:40 am). The first day of bumps dawned with a strong determination on the part of the crew to put their training over the term to good use. Their position at the top of a division, and the fact that most of the training had been long stamina building ergs made this a realisable goal. Nowhere else was it possibly to prove manly stamina and row over twice in one day. The only regret being of course that the shortened bumps course meant that rowing over was shorter that it might have been in the glory days of the past when Will was stroking M2.

The first race allowed the crew to show their worth, with boats bumping out behind to relieve some of the pressure on the crew, allowing them to enjoy their first bumps race with the sort of calm relaxation that can normally only be found in monastic communities. Serene progress was made through the bends to the finish of the course and thereafter back to the marshalling point for the second race of the day, in the higher division. The second race was largely uneventful. Being unable to gain sufficient ground on the boats ahead before they bumped out was ideal, as otherwise it would have meant needing to take a break owing to bumping, thus interfering with the ideal situation of rowing over.

Having demonstrated the superior fitness and mental powers of concentration of M2 on day 1, it is likely that the aim for day 2 will be to row over again, at least in the first race. To avoid the prospect of a faster crew (who don’t have the same appreciation for the finer arts of stamina) bumping them later on the in the week, the aim for the second race will be bumping out just as the bows of the boat ahead cross the finishing line.

Fairbairn Cup – 30th November 2012

M1 – Fairbairn Cup Senior Men’s Eight Winners
Fairbairns has been the main focus of Michaelmas for M1. From the beginning of term we knew we had a crew strong enough to challenge Caius to their third successive Fairbairns victory. King’s M1 has never won the Fairbairn Cup before, so we were all eager to change this and have our names recorded in KCBC history. The whole crew has been committed to the training that Chris Smith and I have set this term; pushing each other to the limit on the ergs and uniting as a crew on the water. As Fairbairns approached we knew Queens’ would be one of our closest rivals, while the speed and form of Caius remained elusive; as we had not directly raced them over the course of the term.

Race day saw relatively fast stream conditions for the Cam, so I adjusted my racing lines appropriately to maximise speed from the river. We warmed up just as we had practised for the past three weeks, but heading into the unfamiliar waters upstream of the boathouse. As ten o’clock approached and the first crews headed off we de-kitted, passing everything we could to Chris Smith to hold in his duffle bag. Rowing down to the start the crew was silent, a mixture of nerves and excitement – we were all focused on the task in hand; the next 14 minutes of racing that would define our term’s efforts as a crew.

I lined us up ready to start outside Goldie boathouse. The crew came forward to front-stops for our racing start.

Attention. Go.

It was crucial that we got a good start; moving together and up at our top speed – we did. The first two minutes took us around the corners under the Elizabeth Way Bridge and saw us complete our start sequence. As we came past the King’s boathouse we sharpened up our catches and brought the boat speed back up to cruising. We were flying along in a smooth rhythm set up by stern pair, driven faster by the stream and aiming to pass through halfway as the quickest crew – Official results put us first at halfway, ahead of the lightweights by 1.7 seconds.

Chesterton Footbridge marked the second phase of our race plan – from this point we would step on in an attempt to break all the other competition. We lifted out of the corner and surged past the P&E, focusing on the leg drive and connecting with the water. As we raced under the Railway Bridge we knew we had just over two kilometres to go – bridge to bridge, just as we had practised twenty times before. The crew was moving dynamically and fast, focusing on breaking Caius and winning from this point. We were approx. eight minutes into the race and tiredness was beginning to kick in, boat speed dropped slightly and the possibility of losing began to creep into our minds. As we rounded Ditton I knew we had to get back up to speed as we lifted out of it. I prepared the crew for the lift and surge. They responded.

We flew along Plough Reach, thirty strokes of pure power to drive us into the corners and bring us closer to the finish. The boat was perfectly set on the entry to Grassy and stayed that way as we slingshot around it – maintaining boat speed and rhythm. First Post Corner marked the final stage of the race, this was our final chance to win it, if we so happened to be behind. I called a lift over three, getting the crew up onto their toes and allowing those with power left in their legs to drive the boat on. The intensity from everyone was outstanding as we raced along at 35 strokes per minutes, the bows lifting out of the water each stroke and propelling us forward. I may have shouted the famous Gladiator quote, ‘What we do in life echoes in eternity’, over the cox box at this point to help maintain focus – we were going to do it. Nearing the Motorway Bridge I called for a final lift and the response was incredible. Just when I thought the guys could give no more, they took the rate up to 36½ and the speed jumped up another notch. This was it. The final surge for the line; lactate in the legs burning, lungs gasping for air, and faces grimacing.

Wind it down.

As the crew slumped over their oars it was clear that none of us could have done any more to obtain victory in that race. Faces were marred by sweat and pain. Eight weeks of training focused on one race, a chance for King’s to take a step forward on the river and beat the best rowing colleges; to grace a place on the Cam where no King’s crew had gone before – the Head of the River.

Result: 13:47.6 (1st Senior Men’s Eight)

We have won Fairbairns – technically a joint victory with Queens’ M1 who were within one second (slower) of our time. I would personally like to thank every member of the crew and Chris Smith for being extremely committed to the boat club this term and making this victory possible. We have made history guys!

 

M2
With the two boat rule in action and several yellow flags in the weeks leading up to the race, as well as two last minute subs, M2 weren’t best prepared for the 4.4km Fairbairns course. In the true spirit of King’s we went out to do our best anyway!

After working our way through the chaotic marshalling pattern we lined up ready for the start. Having not quite perfected our standing starts we set off from rolling; winding up over seven and lengthening over three. Despite having a scratch crew we managed to settle onto a good rhythm, with the boat moving well up at a high stroke rate. As we came past King’s boathouse everyone seemed to sit up tall, allowing the boat to fly along centre stream. Legs were going down fast and strong, driving the boat along at a respectable speed to last out the race.

As we rounded Chesterton, with the entire length of the Reach in front of us, tiredness began to take its toll. Lifting out of the corner we lost the strong rhythm we had before, such that the boat felt heavier with each stroke. Everyone was still putting in the effort, but crucially not together. Surging down the Reach we managed to keep our composure, setting up a level platform to attack to corners from. Coming out of First Post Corner we pushed on towards the line; taking the rate up a couple of pips and driving the boat speed up. Emptying the tanks we drove on from the Motorway Bridge with less than twenty strokes left. Crossing the line we were spent. Thanks to all the M2 guys for the work they have put in over the term, let’s keep it up and push on toward Lents.
Result: 16:46.0 (15th Second Men’s Eight)

Will Miller

W1
Fairbairns is arguably the most eagerly anticipated and most dreaded race of the Michaelmas term; it promises a great turn out from all the clubs and a chance to measure up crews against one another yet at the same time it is the longest race of the rowing calendar. Fired by the good performance at Bedford the crew entered into Fairbairns with a positive frame of mind.
The row was solid and we managed to maintain a nice rhythm throughout the piece. The fitness that the crew had been developing throughout the term seemed to have paid off, as the overall feel of the row was solid from start to finish.
Although the end result saw King’s 1 second off their Murray Edwards rivals, our time still beat some of the most respected crews on the river and the overall result was top five among the college boats which was more than satisfying.

Alex Hayes

Crew lists:
M1: [Bow] Andre Thunot, [2] Neil Paul, [3] Craig Lambert, [4] Conor Burgess, [5] Alge Wallis, [6] Paddy Buchanan, [7] Joel Wilson, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine, [Cox] Will Miller, [Coach] Chris Smith
M2: [Bow] Lee Nissim, [2] Erik Wannerberg, [3] Harry Ragan, [4] Tim Martin, [5] Mike Hoffman, [6] Nick Rabey, [7] Rutger Grisel, [Stroke] Will Miller, [Cox] Colette Bane, [Coach] Chris Braithwaite
W1: [Bow] Naomi Fenwick, [2] Vera Konieczny, [3] Brioni Aston, [4] Alex Hayes, [5] Beth Wratislaw, [6] Liz Dzeng, [7] Matilda Greig, [Stroke] Marijne Mak, [Cox] Nicole Samuel, [Coach] Roger Thorogood

King’s Alumni
A few weeks ago I had strange idea while coaching M2 that it would be fun to do Fairbairns without doing any of the tedious training type bits first. Obviously to do this I would need to enlist the help of 8 other fairly stupid people who thought the same thing. Fortunately through years of association with KCBC, I count many such stupid people amongst my friends, and so the alumni crew was born. The crew itself took a little bit of organising, and then reorganising as people who said they were available suddenly remembered that the 30th was a Friday rather than a Saturday and that Cambridge was a distance away from where they lived and they would have to travel to get here (thus meaning they would have to get up early). Eventually however the crew was fixed as:

[Cox] Andy Clark (1999)
[Stroke] Chris Braithwaite (2000)
[7] Matt Drozdzynski (2009)
[6] Richard Rollins (2007)
[5] Matt Tancock (2005)
[4] Paul Thomas (2005) – obviously Paul is still here, but he is old enough.
[3] Chris Perry (2010) – owing to being old and senile and the fact that I only see people if they row; I erroneously thought Chris had graduated.
[2] Mark Hancock (2003)
[Bow] Elliot Carter (2009)

We arrived at precisely the time we meant to, which ranged from about 9-9:15 depending on traffic or whether Elliot’s borrowed bike worked. Having relaxed M1 with our old school chat and setting them up for their famous win, we busied ourselves with misadjusting our boat so that we had something to blame for a poor performance later on. After boating we had a brief warm up where we realised that we could balance the boat fairly well, and Andy had an opportunity to run through a variety of coxing accents (cockney, overly posh, South African and John Anderson from Gladiators) before settling on his own accent for the race. Marshalling went as well as could be expected, it would have gone better had we been left to our own wise devices, but sadly it seemed the organisers wanted to demonstrate that we paid the entry fee for something and tried to interject a couple of times.

Eventually it came time to reduce our layers and start the race. The start went well, hitting the high 30s after only a couple of strokes, and we settled down well, allowing us to concentrate on the first of our race plan goals; looking good on the photos. This seemed to go fairly well and we kept up a decent pace to King’s boathouse, where the watching crowd cheered us past with a mixture of sympathy and surprise (alumni rowing is like a talking dog, it is not how well it is done, but more that it is done at all….). Safely out of the sight of people watching we turned our attention to a solid rhythm of 30.5 spm and the second of our race goals, getting to Chesterton without screwing up anyone else’s race by being too slow. Having achieved this we moved onto the tactical master plan that we had been working on all morning. Basically it had occurred to us that going fast on the way down stream was all well and good, but as we would still be waiting for the last boat to finish, it wouldn’t help us get to the pub any earlier. Hence we decided the best course of action would be to save ourselves a little for the row home. This plan also had the benefit of protecting the more aged of us from arthritic flare ups and so on.

Up until the end of the reach the plan was working very well. Unfortunately at this point, Boars Head (Queen’s Alumni) who had started behind us began to gain alarmingly fast. This was probably due to the rather unsporting tactic of having done some training, so we weren’t about to let them come by and spoil our theory that training wasn’t actually necessary. From Ditton to First Post, this played out like the end of an unsuccessful bumps race, and on First Post we were forced to move out wide in a cunning feint to allow Boar’s Head to try and overtake. Then we showed them the true meaning of racing. Anyone can go fast if they have done some training and aren’t under pressure, it’s when the chips are down that it really counts, and looking at some of the waistlines in our crew we knew a thing or two about the chips being down. Pushing hard out of the corner, the race became more like a side by side regatta, with a sudden spurt taking us back out to a length. Boars Head tried valiantly, using all of their fitness and training, to get back but only managed to cut our lead (won by sheer bloody mindedness) to half a length by the line. Having finished to the cheers of M1, who were presumably hiding their horror that in 5 years they will be like us, we gave three cheers to Boar’s Head and received 3 in return as though in fact only the last 500m of the race had actually mattered and they hadn’t handed us a 35 second spanking.

After this we did a couple of high rate burst on the way home using the energy conserved from the race, and thankfully for all arrived at the pub in good time. In my case I went via watching M2, who whilst failing to match our speed, did show admirable alumnus potential by breaking a seat a couple of times to give themselves a good excuse. All in all a good time was had by all, and judging by the comments I have had back since, it may even become a yearly fixture.

Result: 16:05.0 (5th Alumni Eight)

Chris Braithwaite

Winter Head – 17th November 2012

M1
After our successes in Uni IVs we were determined to transfer our speed, rhythm and control to the eight. Due to injury, Chris Smith, our coach, subbed into the seven seat for the race; allowing us to compare ourselves to the other colleges, but race for time only. We set off behind two off-Cam crews, who we were determined to chase down as their coxes attempted to get round the Cam’s tight corners! Our start was good; hitting forty strokes per minute and driving the boat speed up. Along First Post Reach we dropped down to our race rhythm a little too early, resulting in a slightly heavy feeling to our rowing. Nevertheless we were still moving rapidly and took the corners well, closing on the Imperial crew in front. On the Reach we faced the rough conditions of Imperial’s wash as they swerved across the river, blocking any clear water. We held our rowing together, pushing on from the Railway Bridge, and surging toward the finish line. We hadn’t rowed badly, but we all agreed on several ways in which we could improve before Fairbairns.
Result: 8:25 (1st College – time only, 2nd Overall)

M2
We had only been rowing as a second eight for two weeks when Winter Head arrived, however the experience of our stern pair had helped us find a good crew rhythm during training. Our starts still needed some attention, but we were all excited about our first race of the year. Off the start we were absolutely flying; comfortably up at rate 36, getting the blades in right at the front and squeezing the boat forward. Unfortunately as we came into First Post Corner a crab knocked us off our rhythm and we never found the same speed we had before. On the Reach we kept the intensity as tiredness started to show; there was no point where our rowing fell to pieces. We held our own all the way to the finish line. It was a promising display from the second boat as we now focus on Fairbairns.
Result: 9:52 (9th in Nov. Student Division)

Crew lists:
M1: [Bow] Andre Thunot, [2] Conor Burgess, [3] Alge Wallis, [4] Neil Paul, [5] Craig Lambert, [6] Paddy Buchanan, [7] Chris Smith, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine, [Cox] Will Miller
M2: [Bow] Lee Nissim, [2] Erik Wannerberg, [3] Matt Folks, [4] Raph Scheps, [5] Mike Hoffman, [6] Nick Rabey, [7] Rutger Grisel, [Stroke] Will Miller, [Cox] Colette Bane

Novices

Winter Head was the first opportunity for the novice men to experience a real race, and also get a taste for how far they would be expected to row in Fairbairns. The crews were unfortunately placed near the bottom of their divisions as timing restrictions meant they had to enter the senior-heavy morning divisions. However, they did their best to fend off the cold during marshaling and were underway eventually. Both crews were unlucky enough to suffer from both crabs and seats coming off, so the results weren’t awe-inspiring. However, they definitely benefited from the high rate experience and practice in a race.

Crew lists:
Novice M1: [Bow] Stefan Weetman, [2] Philip Smith, [3] Karolos Dionelis, [4] Jonny Foster, [5] Edward Bentley, [6] Fletcher Williams, [7] Nick Mulder, [Stroke] Tom Watson, [Cox] Megan McCluskey
Novice M2: [Bow] Giovanni Braghieri, [2] Ruairi O’Donoghue, [3] Ashley Chhibber, [4] Tom Waszkowycz, [5] Tim Woodman, [6] Joe Gladstone, [7] Chris Diamand, [Stroke] Oisin Huhn, [Cox] Neha Vaidya

University IVs – 29th Oct – 2nd Nov 2012

M1 – First Coxed Four Winners

Quarter-Final – Won against Queens’ M1 (2 seconds)
A last scratch from Jesus gave us a bye through the first round and set us up with a quarter-final against Queens’ M1 (last year’s joint winners). We started from the upstream station allowing Will to focus on the corners from his bow-loaded position and the crew to push away from the chasing Queens’ boat. After a good start we were flying down First Post Reach and took a tight line round First Post Corner – we knew we could beat Queens’. However it became apparent on Grassy Corner that there was a problem with the rudder; we scraped round the outside of the bend Will frantically calling for bowside pressure! After an awesome lift out of the corner to help salvage our loss of speed, we had cornering problems around Ditton as well. On the Reach we were on station with Queens’ and as we went through the finish it was too close to call. Official verdict – dead heat; this meant we had a re-row straight away! Second time round, despite being tired, we smashed the start and took an early lead. Will’s cornering was better having removed the significant amount of debris that had been obstructing the rudder. Queens’ were not going to beaten easily though and it took a huge push in the last minute to assure a narrow victory, officially just two seconds

Semi-Final – Won against Christ’s M1 (16 seconds)
Finals Friday presented us with the possibility of rowing twice in the afternoon; the re-row of the previous day had us prepped and ready for this eventuality! We got off to an impressive start from our downstream station; our rowing felt smooth and comfortable as we tour along First Post Reach. Within ten strokes we were noticeably gaining on Christ’s who could see us catching them, but never really responded to the threat. We lifted out of Grassy onto a powerful rhythm that lifted the bows out of the water and had us flying along. After three tight lines around the corners (much improved on the previous day) and a brilliant response to lifts, Christ’s were beaten. We had found an awesome rhythm and boat speed that could potentially win us the competition if we could recreate it in the final.

Final – Won against Caius M1 (3 seconds)
In the final we were facing Caius M1, who knocked us out in last year’s semis. Again we were on the downstream station, determination consumed us – King’s had not won Uni IVs for several years, this was our chance. After a great start we were up on our rhythm, allowing the boat to flow under us, really attacking the course into the first corner. Caius had taken an early lead, but the crew was not aware of this – we still had the belief. After two extremely tight lines around First Post and Grassy, we took the boat speed up a notch and started to make our move on Caius. In front of the Plough they were approx. a length ahead – only a couple of precious seconds to get back. As we rounded Ditton, Will could see Caius splashing about in the headwind – we gritted our teeth, sat up tall and held our form in the wind. As we stormed up the Reach we drew back on station and pushed on through to a powerful finish. It took several tantalising minutes for the official result to be announced, but finally it came – we had won by three seconds.
Result: University IVs – First Coxed Four – Winners

M2 – Second Coxed Four Runners Up

Quarter-Final – Won against LMBC M3 (81 seconds)
Having been lucky in the draw and securing a bye through the first round, we lined up for the quarter final feeling fresh and ready to race. We were starting from the upstream station, meaning we would be able to see how far ahead we were throughout the race. We got off to a good start, hitting one of the best rhythms we had managed in our short time as a four. It quickly became apparent that LMBC were not going to keep up with our pace, but we held our rate and pushed them away through the corners just in case they put in a sudden burst! Once we got onto the Long Reach we were sure they were not going to catch us, so Ben settled us into a slightly more relaxed rhythm to hold through to the finish. Despite this drop in intensity we still set the fastest time of the second division, covering the course in 7 minutes 51 seconds.

Semi-Final – Won against Downing M2 (11 seconds)
Following our success on the Thursday, we knew we would have to pull out two equal, if not better, performances on Friday if we were to win the competition. This time we were starting on the downstream station, so we had to rely on Ben’s feedback to know how we were doing against Downing. The rhythm we hit off the start was good, but perhaps not quite our best, so we pushed hard when Ben called for it. When he told us we were gaining, this only served to make us push even harder. Despite the Long Reach being rough with a strong head wind, we held our lead to the finish to secure our place in the final.

Final – Lost to Queens’ M2 (6 seconds)
We had made it to the final. We knew Queens’ M2 were fast, so when we lined up on the upstream station nerves were on edge. Queens’ started well, but had we. Straight into our fast, strong, and controlled rhythm – with the boats on station the corners would test both coxes to bring their crew out ahead. By the time we were passing the Plough, we looked to be slightly in front of Queens’. However, as we came onto the Reach we were hit by a stronger headwind than we expected. Despite our best efforts to hold off Queens’, we could see them gaining – they were coping with the headwind better. Ben did all he could to lift us up and we appeared to stop Queens’ gaining, but it was too little too late. No number of power tens could recover the lost ground. We had a demoralizing moment of realisation when we saw their finish marshal lower his arm before we had crossed the line. The crew was understandably very disappointed, but we were proud of our achievement. We had still made it to the final and given it our all.
Result: University IVs – Second Coxed Four – Runners Up

Crew lists:
M1: [Cox] Will Miller, [Bow] Alge Wallis, [2] Paddy Buchanan, [3] Joel Wilson, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine
M2: [Bow] Andre Thunot, [2] Neil Paul, [3] Craig Lambert, [Stroke] Conor Burgess, [Cox] Ben Alexander-Dann

M1 collecting their medals in Goldie Boathouse Captain’s Room

Autumn Head – 20th October 2012

With just over a week until the start of Uni IVs, Autumn Head was a perfect chance to test our fours against the rest of the college competition, and to combine both crews to race as an eight. In the first division of the day we raced the fours.

M1(stern) went off first, rapidly getting up some good boat speed and settling onto a driving rhythm that would take us through the entirety of the course. As we approached the end of First Post Reach, subtlety from bow pair enabled our cox, Will – who was coxing his first race – to take some tight lines around the corners, gaining ground on the fours ahead. As we came out onto the Reach it was clear we would have to overtake the crew ahead. As we took the racing line tight under the Railway Bridge we pulled level with them, surging past a seat with every stroke; the excitement of sudden ‘regatta style’ racing lifted up the boat speed and sent us into the last 300m really giving it all. It was a good race for the first four, finishing a close second to Jesus.
Result: 10:21 (2nd College 4+)

M1(bow) also got off to a good start; locking in together and moving as a unit. Most of the crew was relatively inexperienced at racing in a four, therefore they benefited greatly from the expert coxing of Simon; who knew how to get the best out of them over the course. After some great work through the corners, fatigue on the Reach caused a slight loss of form, resulting in a drop in boat speed. However the guys kept together and pushed on through to the finish, posting a respectable time that placed them ahead of all the other second fours and fourth overall.
Result: 10:46 (4th College 4+)

After a couple hours recovery time we returned to the boathouse ready to take on competition in the eight. After a sharp start we were up at 36, pushing out the cover and driving the boat on. As we lifted out of each of the corners the response from the crew was great; gripping the boat at front stops and lifting the boat speed back up to cruising. The combination of five experienced Mays colours and sheer power kept the boat surging along all the way up the Reach. From the Railway Bridge it was just a case of digging deep and putting all on the footplate; striving for the line. This result shows the potential that King’s M1 has this term as we now turn our attention toward Uni IVs.
Result: 9:09 (1st College 8+, 2nd Overall)

Crew Lists:

M1(stern) 4+: [Cox] Will Miller, [Bow] Chris Smith, [2] Paddy Buchanan, [3] Joel Wilson, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine
M1(bow) 4+: [Bow] Andre Thunot, [2] Conor Burgess, [3] Craig Lambert, [Stroke] Neil Paul, [Cox] Simon Emmings

M1 8+: [Bow] Andre Thunot, [2] Conor Burgess, [3] Craig Lambert, [4] Neil Paul, [5] Alge Wallis, [6] Paddy Buchanan, [7] Joel Wilson, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine, [Cox] Chris Connor