The Lents 2017 – Day 2 Results
Week so far
Today’s schedule (Day 3)
Eddies M2 – M Div 4 – Race time 14:00
Chasing King’s M3, pursued by Caius M4
Eddies W1 – W Div 3 *rest day*
Eddies M1 – M Div 2 - Race time 15:20
Chasing Clare M2, pursued by Sidney M1
M2 Warmup M2 Steve the 'Canon Guy'
A light south-westerly breeze and the first glimpses of sunshine on the towpath. A new day and M2 keen to put the technical problems of yesterday behind them.
Starting Station 7 comes with an additional hazard – the canons! Positioned under the A14 bridge we were to start some eight feet away from the boom of the race guns. If you have ever wondered there are small 3 canons, painted Cambridge Blue (of course!) and gold, which are all primed to fire with gun powder. The ‘canon-guy’ (no other official title that I could ascertain) is a charming chap named Steve, who holds the requisite ‘black-powder licence’ and comes up all the way from Surrey …
I digress, back to the rowing – ‘Defend your ears’ … THUNDERCRACK! A solid start from M2 and we shook off an early challenge from the King’s Men and looked to be starting to make ground on Caius. But King’s rallied and by First Post Corner, they had moved up to within a whisper of our stern. A last push and the bump followed coming out of Osier Holt. Great disappointment for M2 and a long paddle home.
Thursday - Chasing King’s M3, pursued by Caius M4
Thursday - rest day
M1 - rest day
Thursday - Chasing Clare M2, pursued by Sidney M1
Huge thanks again to the splendid Eddies’ bank crew: Glen and Andy
Lily’s (person not boat!) daily bike miles – 8.5
St Edmund’s College Boat Club