November 30, 2009 in Captain's Blog
As too often happens in Michaelmas, another set of novices were left frustrated in 7th week, as Christ Church Regatta was once again cancelled, this time after just one day of racing. This year the Red and Blue crews have particular cause for frustration as both had, after clearing their afternoons as well as mornings to make room for outings, proved themselves to be amongst the fastest on the river the previous weekend at the Nephthys Head and Regatta: Red, deprived of their stern pair by a blown-out knee and a diplomatic mission to China still came second in the Head race, losing to New College by 2 seconds, but comfortably beating 10 other men’s novice crews, not to mention Balliol W1. Their internecine rivals, Blue, were denied of victory in the Regatta by a blade that snapped half way down the course in the semi-final, losing out to eventual winners Trinity. Definitive proof of Trinity’s sabotage has yet to be uncovered.
These strong results were the core of Balliol’s success as the Victor Ludorum of the Nephthys weekend.
With the river still at red flag, the question that has sparked much heated debate over the term, “who’s faster, Red or Blue?” was settled at our annual Christ Church Dinner with a boat race, in which the members of Blue managed to drain their glasses at a pace that Red could only dream to keep up with.
With both Red and Blue cruelly denied the Christ Church trophy, and Greene a chance to prove their worth, training for Torpids has already begun in earnest. Trials for M1, M2, and M3 are now underway, and with three sets of blades up for grabs and nearly five boats’ worth of oarsmen all hungry for glory (including plenty of novices wanting to challenge for a seat in the top boat), competition for seats is already hotting up…