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Crackers rows for Cambridge at the Boat Race 2019

Posted: April 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
by Gammmmo
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rowing/47538422
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/u ... e-16062839

Intrigued to hear about this. Although I gather he is positioned in the boat in an area not used by the most powerful oarsmen, he's still obviously competitive at this level. Be very interesting to know what his current erg scores are at the grand old age of 46 (some 10 years older than the next oldest competitor at the Boat Race). Vaguely remember from the early 2000s he clocked ~5:42/5:43 for 2K IIRC.

Re: Crackers rows for Cambridge at the Boat Race 2019

Posted: April 3rd, 2019, 11:04 pm
by jackarabit
A lifelong learner. Experience counts. We can be confident he won’t catch a 🦀 and exit the boat.

Re: Crackers rows for Cambridge at the Boat Race 2019

Posted: April 5th, 2019, 10:48 am
by jamesg

Re: Crackers rows for Cambridge at the Boat Race 2019

Posted: April 7th, 2019, 10:37 am
by jackarabit
Cambridge boiler room did look like a world of hurt after the line. Amazing comeback from brain injury by Cracknell.

Wind condition was stated to be crosswind start to predominantly tailwind later. Was a course record opportunity missed?

Oxford coxn’n was critical of Cambridge closing to blade overlap early on. Was Cambridge “aggression” unilateral or were both boats taking the middle of the lane? Commentator sez Oxford closed on Cambridge in the latter part of turn to avoid shoal water. Cambridge was warned off by the referee but that’s merely a suggested course correction.

Re: Crackers rows for Cambridge at the Boat Race 2019

Posted: April 8th, 2019, 9:00 am
by Gregwhates
Some interesting comments in his interviews and the commentary about how he has lost his power but one of the best on endurance. I suspect his 2K would be time would be fairly good, but his pace wouldn't drop off much on the longer pieces.

Funny to see how focussed he was waiting for the start. I'm sure he wasn't planning to change his tactic he discussed in the pre race interview - go as hard as you can from the start, and drop them early!