13 January 2021
By Tim Koch
Tim Koch is Queen for a day.
The new OUBC YouTube channel is now live and has posted the 2020 Trial Eights Race drone coverage. It was a great contest and the video also tells us a lot about the bouncy conditions that can be encountered on the Ely stretch. It looks like the railway (left) side is the better station and I imagine that it will be the choice of whoever wins the toss. I was surprised that the centre line was so strongly fought for as the stream is relatively slight on the Ouse. If you want to watch the race before looking at my screenshot spoilers below, click here for the 15-minute video.
Track: So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
Trace: So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Track: Oh, baby, can’t do this to me, baby,
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here.
Trace: Mama, life had just begun,
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.
Track: Goodbye, everybody, I’ve got to go,
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth.
Track: Too late, my time has come,
Sends shivers down my spine,
Body’s aching all the time….
Sean Bowden, OUBC Chief Coach, said, ‘(We) saw an interesting battle develop with “Track” coming through in the second half benefitting from some good efficiency and better skill in the rough water. “Trace” lost ground too quickly as they struggled to deal with the bouncy water and fatigue….’
Sean to Trace: Didn’t mean to make you cry…
Sadly, and more seriously, the pachyderm in the boathouse is, will the 2021 Boat Race actually take place? England is under strict ‘Tier 4’ restrictions, the numbers infected are increasing and there is every chance of stricter measures on movement coming into place. This is with less than 12 weeks to go.
Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, written by Freddie Mercury.