Summer Eights 2007 Blog - Rowing On

Time 17:51 pm

New run over, Magd and SEH retain the headships

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Time 17:51 pm

SEH and Worc row over

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Time 17:50 pm

SEH runnign away from an agressive Worc

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Time 17:50 pm

Oriel hold on well to clear the finish line

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Time 17:50 pm

Worcester pushing SEH very hard, with soem brave rowing

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Time 17:49 pm

Magdalen have crossed as head

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Time 17:39 pm

We're having a few issues clearing some rather drunk boats ahead of Men's Div I.

Thunder and possible lightning are also drawing in

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Time 14:19 pm

Men's Div 4 is next up [2.30], and Hertford II, Exeter II and St Anthony's all up for blades, no-one about to undergo 'the row of shame' to avoid spoons.

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Time 14:16 pm

Announed bumps from Women's Div 4 Wolfson II on Johns II

Hertfrod II on Merton II

-Hilda's II on Worc II

-regent's on oriel II

New II on Catz II

Means blades for Regent's, Wolfson II, Hertford II, Hilda's II and Regent's, and spoons for Merton II, Worc II, Oriel II, Catz II

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Time 14:08 pm

Crowds like these always provide the 'rock star' moments everyone who has ever warmed up in front of the boat houses on the saturday of VIII's in Div 1 remembers forever. You only get a crowd like that at Henley, and anyone lucky enough to experience it remembers the cool factor for a longtime

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Time 14:04 pm

We may also have a rpize for any photos of RQ today, so do post up a link to your pic in the comments if you've got one, and we'll see what we can do.

[As requested by RQ's Dad yesterday!]

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Time 14:03 pm

I'm sure the college staff are less lookign forward to the annual flag-stealing bills which inevitably come with sun/pimms/bad banter

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Time 14:03 pm

Suny days for the Saturday of Eights have been known to get between 15-20 thousand spectators, and I'd suggest today may well reach those levels. teh banks are already looking busy, and the college bars are doing a promising trade for the lucky barmen.

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Time 14:02 pm

Pembroke lower men's boats have put in a creditable push for the silly outfit awards, with pink playboy bunny ears.

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Time 14:01 pm

This division was soemthing of a cat's cradle on the bumps charts, and plenty of blades and spoons to be announced in due course. We'll blog them as soon as have debrief from static umpires.

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Time 13:58 pm

Linacre remaining 2 lengths clear of SEH at OUBC

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Time 13:56 pm

wolfson have bumped

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Time 13:56 pm

2 lengths between SEH and Linacre

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Time 13:55 pm

New nearly overlapping Catz

 

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Time 13:55 pm

Orile have conceded to Regent's-blades for regent's

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Time 13:55 pm

Regent's less than a length off Oriel

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Time 13:54 pm

Women's Div 4 next to start in a couple of minutes.Wolfson II, Hertford II, Hilda's II and Regent's all chasing blades.Merton II, Worc IIOriel II, Catz II, all trying to avoid spoons today.

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Time 13:51 pm

Also-if you do have to leave your computer, and switch your avid gaze away from the commntary for any reason, just remember that you can sign up for the live bumps over Twitter, which will update to your mobile as it happens. Full details on the OURCs Eights page.

We're sooo Web 2.0 it hurts this year.

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Time 13:49 pm

BTW-please do forgive the rther poor spelling/capitalisation etc-we have no spell check on this blog platform, and try and type up as soon as we hear things!

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Time 13:48 pm

St Ann'e s have earned themselves a nice fine for throwing their cox in the river in celebration, as well as for ignoring the marshal's instructions not to.

Seriously-it is really shallow, the water mings, and you're going to have to stand there with that person smelling of wet isis for the rest of the day-IT JUST ISN'T WORTH IT. fOR ANYONE CONCERNED.

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Time 16:39 pm

Did Sir Matthew turn up then?

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Time 16:06 pm

The launch driver's complaining because Keble W3 are "taking their time" and it's started raining

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Time 16:01 pm

Magdalen M4 enjoying the stream.

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Time 16:00 pm

It doesn't matter that the clouds are making it dark - Trinity M4's kit is bright enough to illuminate the whole county.

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Time 15:58 pm

The final division is about to get underway, 25 minutes later than originally scheduled...and the rain is threatening to spoil the fun.

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Time 15:56 pm

The final division is about to get underway, 25 minutes later than originally scheduled...and the rain is threatening to spoil the fun.

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Time 15:46 pm

Keble W3 are rowing down to the start - getting to the start seems to be an issue so let's see if they qualify...

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Time 15:33 pm

Jesus' annual "Pink Ladies" cross the start line, with the stroke man's gut almost bigger than that of the river itself...

Interesting crossing from Brasenose W2

St. John's W3 are being made to feel the stream

The coxes have obviously been paying attention to the boat race, and are using the stream...sadly, some of them are still blissfully unaware that they're racing AGAINST the stream...

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Time 14:49 pm

Exeter are in danger of getting fined - not by the treasurer, by the police - for indecent exposure as they cross the start line, with nearly all crew members rowing topless. Must be something to do with getting in touch with nature to help them along. 

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Time 14:43 pm

Division two saw some interesting coxing around the finish line, causing a Somerville W2 collision with St. Hugh's W2, the latter caught up the gap left between them....both crews are reracing in division three. Wind is still up; clouds about, but no rain. Touch wood.

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Time 14:02 pm

Division one ran successfully; one crab approaching the start line, from Balliol M3 in the mouth of the gut - just before the start line.

Do everything you can to ward off the thunder and lightening........

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Time 13:13 pm

Crews are now boating and for once all the marshals managed to turn up on time...even one 55 minutes too early.

Well done Captains!  Keep it up for next week.

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Time 13:01 pm

A brisk tailwind should help crews to some fast times today.

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