Furnival Sculling Club

Furnivall Sculling ClubRowing club based in Hammersmith, London. Established 1896

Pairs Head 2015

Sunday, 18th October 2015

Jess and Meri at pairs head 2014

A big well done to our two crews who raced at the Pairs Head on Saturday 10 October. Meri and Jess came third out of sixteen in the women's IM2 pairs and Sol and Angelo came fifth of seven in the masters' B double sculls.

Here's a race report from Jess - exclusive to www.furnivall.org no less:

This year our goal was to place higher than last year's fifth place. We had a good run up to the race, so all we needed was for the weather gods to be on our side. Anything but wind against the tide...

We had a speedy and uneventful (and dry!) marshalling experience, which offered plenty of time to scope out the competition. The scoping was all positive until TSS joined the marshalling and we realised we were up against a far more vertically gifted pair; first place was decided, we would go for second instead!

The wind was of course against the tide and so an incredibly bumpy start through Chiswick bridge meant we had to keep ourselves especially relaxed and loose to find our rhythm. Thankfully the wind dropped off on the approach to Barnes bridge and the home advantage became clear as we gained ground on crews that swung out wide from the bridge whilst we kept the inside line.

We managed to avoid the collision between our Tideway neighbours without too much interruption, beating onwards towards hammersmith bridge where the next batch of wind and bumpy water awaited. This just so happened to coincide with the Furnivall cheers and our push for the finish, making it a bittersweet experience!

We had a bit of a tight squeeze between the final red buoy and a slower crew but they did eventually give way and we headed for the line with every last drop of energy. Unfortunately someone else had 0.7 seconds worth more energy than us, but we gained a well earned third place. Next year's goal has been set: only first or second will do!"

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