IM3 4+ June 2013

Posted by Ashley Mander | August 11, 2013

Peterborough Regatta – 2nd June 2013 – Men’s Nov 4+

This crew came together early in the New Year and had reason to be optimistic for the regatta season, on the back of an encouraging first outing together in the Nottingham head race, finishing fourth from 13.  Our first Regatta together was Twickenham and despite nearly missing our start we stormed through the first race into the semi-final. Our blistering start in the semi shattered the hopes and dreams of the Twickenham Crew and we eased through to into the final.  Sadly our dream of losing our novice status in our first regatta was not to be as fatigue overcame us and we splashed over the line in second.

Next up. Peterborough. We came into this fairly confident although it was clear from Nottingham and Twickenham that the standard of these Novice crews was high so a win would have to be earnt! Our heat saw us line up against Peterborough City, Cambridge City and Churchill Coll.  Our start was not the best, but we put that down to our 75kg cox, Dave Pike (making his debut), but once we got going we caught up with Churchill Col (who led) and glided past them into the lead and remained there to win the heat by 4 seconds booking our place in the final. Hooray. Following the other heat we learned that we were the fastest crew meaning we had the unfortunate tag of “favourites”.  The Final saw us line up against Sudbury, Derby and Churchill Coll.  Our start was again below par, which we’ll yet again blame Dave and his hearty lunch. Derby (the 3rd fastest qualifiers) stormed out the traps like a bat out of hell taking a surprise led.  Alarmed but not panicked, we kept it long and strong keeping Derby in our sights. Derby remained only half a boat length in front until Dave screamed for a big effort for the last 10 strokes which we duly obliged.. only to discover that there was a clear a miss-communication because it wasn’t the finish line we pasted but the 750m marker!!  This push did however see us ease past a tired Derby but having emptied the tank in those last 10 stokes, maintaining technique was tough, the crew never the less manned up to the challenge and maintained that lead through the to the end crossing the line 4 seconds ahead of our distraught Opponents. Broxbourne triumph. Novice status lost.

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