Nottingham Rowing Club go head to head with Cambridge University Lightweights

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Monday, 27 January 2014 13:37 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 13:46

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While the rest of the club were racing and winning at the Boston Head on the 19th of January, the Senior Men's squad went off to Ely with coach Dan Johnson to row against Cambridge Lightweight RC and Jesus College BC.

Said Johnson: “On Saturday, we arranged a private match against Cambridge University Lightweights for the first eight, while the second eight trained with Jesus College. The race against Cambridge was over a 3,000m piece from a standing start. Cambridge started fast and gained an early half length lead; we pulled back level after 250m. We then started to slowly move away and built a three-quarter length advantage. There was plenty of aggressive steering from both coxes, and after about 1250m there was a major clash in neutral water which resulted in lost blades and the crews were halted. The re-start meant that our lead was cancelled out but we soon eased out to three-quarters of a length, which we held for the rest of the course despite several major pushes from Cambridge. The crew put in by far their best performance so far this year. The second eight had a solid morning of competitive training against Jesus.

On Sunday we made some changes to our crews, and our two eights and the Cambridge eight trained together. It was a good day's training and all involved enjoyed the weekend despite the hangovers acquired following a Saturday evening tour around some of Cambridge's fine pubs.”

All crews returned to the Trent to prepare for the Head race on March 2nd.

 

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