Women’s Round Up:
As crew 282, we knew we had a long and cold wait up to the start; however, it was not all bad with some great eye candy racing down the river to keep moral high! We also tried adopting some mind games to psych out the Imperial crew marshalling with us, plus I passed on some ‘tricks of the trade’ with a sponge.
So to the race itself…….We stuck to our racing start, with great calls from Gemma enabling us to hit our target rhythm and race pace before Fred (at Barnes) had a chance to say ‘Ratio!!’. We knew Im
perial had long gone but we had a competitive City of Bristol crew steadily gaining on us. They reached us by
Chiswick Eyot, but we managed to hold them off and fed our legs with the numerous frustrated grunts coming from their stroke. We raced side by side all the way to the black buoy, and only then did they finally break free. Becky steered a fabulous line whilst ensuring Bristol did not affect our rhythm. With the cheers from the bank it was down to Jess to take us home, winding it up pip by pip and making sure the donkey’s didn’t do anything stupid.
Overall, a great race, especially competing in the same boat class as the top clubs. We are very happy with our result, coming 5/13 in Band 2 and 13/21 of all W4- crews. Now our focus is on WEHORR!!!
Men’s Round Up: