The first water race of the season for NM1 and one that not all novice crews do. Nevertheless, it’s 2.5km of open river and an excellent opportunity to practice rowing all 8s at a higher rate.
An early start for NM1, securing the ergs for a lengthy warm-up, practicing winding it up to 28 strokes a minute in preparation for the race. Following a quick stretch and team talk, we boated in what was pretty chilly weather and prepared to absolutely nail our first race of the season.
The practice start down the reach was nice but we needed to focus on keeping our heads in the boat and not looking at our blade or other crews. Once we stated doing this, the rowing improved dramatically.
Excellent work on the race itself boys, you gave it everything you had and despite the substantial gap in between you and the crews in front, comfortably overtook two of them. Admittedly these were two crews of 4 x 15 year old girls but it was a nice taste of side-by-side rowing and a great motivator for some big pushes. Final time was 11 minutes 25 seconds, very respectable.
Some top quality steering and good motivating coxing from Heloise. Remember, precision will come with practice.
The only college novice boats that beat us were Trinity and Kings. Let’s train hard this week and take our revenge at Emma Sprints next Sunday.