From left to right: Maria, Amy, Aleka, Teresa, Jenny
This term, the Selwyn women’s senior squad are doing everything in IVs- working in IVs has been fantastic for our technique and our responsibility in the boat (you can’t slack off if there’s only 3 other people pushing!) Our first race of term was University IVs, and it was certainly an interesting one. While we’d done plenty of practice pieces, we hadn’t yet done a complete bridge-to-bridge piece before the race, and only realised the day before the race that we hadn’t done any starts. We quickly put one together and practiced on the way up for marshalling, and showed it off in front of our competition as we rowed up to Baitsbite Lock. Our first race was against Queens; it started somewhat unexpectedly (no one had told the umpire he should count down before the whistle) and we managed to quickly widen the gap between us and Queens W1, heading into a power 10 straight out of the start sequence. We lost Queens at First Post Corner and held our distance out, only catching sight of them again when we were half-way down the reach; they started to gain on us a little out on the straight stretch of water but not enough, and we held them off all the way down to the finish post.
Through to the semi-finals, our next race a couple of days later was against Emmanuel W1. Our starting positions were reversed from the previous race, so we were chasing Emma (we had been chased by Queens in the first race). We had an excellent row up to the lock to marshal, including ‘the best start we’ve ever done’ according to our stroke, and got into position to begin the race- unfortunately another unexpected start caught us mid-adjustment, but we managed to recover fairly well and get the boat moving, launching into a power 10 under the motorway bridge. We had a consistent and gutsy race but Emma were the faster crew and beat us solidly- sad for us, but good practice for our next race.
Our next race is Winter Head on Saturday 14th November, along with W2- wish us luck!