Lents again; here’s a link to 2016 if you want to re-live the past. It was a great week, full of thrills and excitement. Caius weren’t up to it (as prefigured by Mays) and were caught by Downing on the first day; Maggie patiently bumped Pembroke then Caius to get their shot at Downing on day 3. Regrettably, Downing’s rudder strings broke at the top of the reach1, so we didn’t get a clean kill; but LMBC were clearly faster (see for example this). Jesus rowed over as women’s head; Clare rose to second.
These are my videos, mostly here for my reference. But first, a nice pic of the top crews from Saturday; click for more.
The best quality carnage was M2 on Saturday, which I missed by a couple of minutes, such is always the way. Here’s someone else’s pic.
(someone cleared to the inside of Grassy, so everyone else had to go wide, and steering Grassy is hard at the best of times)
1. From the message boards: Indeed. In addition, the word on the street (here, on the river, I guess) is that, after inspection by multiple boatmen, it has been ascertained that, although Downing’s rudder strings snapped, they did so such that the Downing cox was still able to steer with the ends of the strings (hence how they managed to steer home without any issue). The Downing cox appears to have panicked and steered too hard to the right, resulting in a crash into the bank and LMBC, the clearly faster crew, overtaking them. Downing had a shot at reclaiming the headship the next day…and failed. Or, if you prefer a different vwersion, That is not true. The wire snapped as they were coming around Ditton (under tension as it was on). This caused the left toggle to fly onto the back/behind where the cox was sitting. He grabbed the remaining toggle and looked behind him for the steering mechanism to salvage it (Downing’s boat design is with the steering mechanism inside the stern of the boat, not exposed like old designs). By then the rudder was still on and they were already headed towards the bank on the reach. There was nothing he could have done.