GoR 2012 – W3

Gloomy and cold as usual, plus extremely windy. We had a strong rolling start and pushed hard to keep the boat sat in the choppy water. But at the corner near the Plough, finally the wind took the control blowing W3 right to the bank. We didn’t panic and started off again from front stop with 3 draws, 5 winds, 10 lengths and a few more strokes… and we overtook Sidney Sussex III ! Definitely one of a kind racing pieces with an happy ending– we got on May Bumps Division IV. Let’s bump!

Lufei Zhang, W3, bow

Champs Head 2012 W3 report

Laura Desert, W3, 4 Champs Head 2012

The weather was beautiful and very warm as we marshalled all the way down to the lock. Spirits were high, and were kept high by the motivational speeches of coaches Pete and Rich. As we were marshalling, someone's oar did come out of their gate though, so we were extra wary of tightening them before the race. Only as we were marshalling did we realise we would have to do a standing start, but the practice start we did before the lock was good enough to get our confidence up.


We were off to a strong start, and cox Christina took a good line around Ditton corner as we powered through onto a windy reach. Our speed kept us going however, and we settled into a steady race rhythm, punctuated by extra hard pushes for ten, called by Christina.


This race was a particularly enjoyable one for me, having been in Robinson Head last term, when we had to marshal for more than an hour in the freezing cold weather. Today was not only sunny, but our crew really came together and produced some fine rowing.


Bring on May Bumps !

Results: W3 – time – 6:36.7

-2nd in Mays 4th division behind Tit Hall W3

-2nd of college W3’s behind Tit Hall W3

                -beat 3 other W3’s (Pembroke, LMBC and Queens’)

-beat 10 W2’s (Newnham, Emma, Jesus, Caius, Selwyn, FaT, Girton, King’s, Sidney, Hughes/Lucy)

-tied with 1 W1, beat 2 other W1’s (Robinson – tied, beat Wolfson and Clare Hall)

-WHEN W3 gets on into May Bumps, at least 11 of the boats they beat today will be ahead of them, 7 in the 3rd division, 4 in the 2nd division

                W3 was only 5 seconds off the time of a Mays 1st division boat (Selwyn W1)

beat last year’s W2 Champs Head time of 6:37.6

                -last year we didn’t even have a W3 to enter in Champs Head

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W3 Squad Outings from Monday 16 May

cox – Sophie
row – Jess Rae, Jenny T, Charlotte, Bex, Melissa, Bethan, Roki, Brigid
coaches – Reana, Chloe

cox – Aj
row – Sophie, Yaping, Tehnuka, Jenny T, Brigid, Katie, Bethan, Melissa
coaches – Ola, Marina

cox – Aj
row – Jess Rae, Charlotte, Bex, Roki, Yaping, Tehnuka, Sophie, Katie
coaches – Ying or Eve