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.
|Cox||Clare Cocker||Magdalen||Charlotte Lee||Green Templeton|
|Stroke||Clare Leckie||St Catherine's||Sarah Robinson||Wadham|
|7||Emily Hoogkamer||Linacre||Amanda Thomas||Trinity|
|6||Leah Mitchell (President)||Balliol||Laura Boddy||St John's|
|5||Miriam Stricker||Wolfson||Anne-Fleur Janssen||Jesus|
|4||Amy Hosking||Jesus||Lucie Ayliffe-Daly||Lincoln|
|3||Alice Caddock||New||Helen Stark||Green Templeton|
|2||Eliza Argyropoulos||Keble||Jessie Morgan||Keble|
|Bow||Alice Evans||University||Lucy Manly||New|