CUWBC held their 2012 trial eights race at Eton Dorney Lake on Saturday 15th December. The two eights ‘Gin’ and ‘Tonic’ (and spare four) raced over the 2,000m Olympic course into a stiff cross head wind on an otherwise glorious day.
Despite an early lead from Gin rowing in the new Hudson shell, Tonic, in the Empacher, proved their spirit was in the crew and, with the more experienced stern pair, hauled Gin back before the 1000m. Fay Sandford at stroke in Tonic was able to settle to a nice long stride and set a good rhythm, moving slowly away and taking clear water by 1500m and winning by a margin of 5 seconds.
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