Trial Eights 2019

On Friday, two OUWLRC matched eights headed to the Tideway for this year’s Trial Eights race, the first ever to take place on the Championship Course from Putney to Mortlake.  The crews were named “Puppets” (racing in white tops) and “Parrots” (racing in dark tops).

Puppets won the toss and chose to race on the Surrey station, giving Parrots the Middlesex station.  Both crews got strong starts and stayed level for the first part of the course, with some exciting side by side racing.  Coming under Hammersmith Bridge, the headwind against stream made for some challenging conditions and Puppets pulled ahead to open up clear water before Chiswick Eyot.

The race was not over yet, however.  Parrots fought back over the straight between Chiswick Pier and Barnes Bridge to reduce Puppets’ lead.  After a last push from both crews to the finish, the final verdict saw Puppets win by 2 ½ lengths.

Crews:

 Puppets Parrots 
CoxClare CockerMagdalenCharlotte LeeGreen Templeton
StrokeClare LeckieSt Catherine'sSarah RobinsonWadham
7Emily HoogkamerLinacreAmanda ThomasTrinity
6Leah Mitchell (President)BalliolLaura BoddySt John's
5Miriam StrickerWolfsonAnne-Fleur JanssenJesus
4Amy HoskingJesusLucie Ayliffe-DalyLincoln
3Alice CaddockNewHelen StarkGreen Templeton
2Eliza ArgyropoulosKebleJessie MorganKeble
BowAlice EvansUniversityLucy ManlyNew