The event was rigged from the
start, with half the Eton 1stVIII rowing against us! The first
and only fours race included myself (full of optimism and not
much else), Jon Flynn (fit army lad), Rich Adams (used to be
quite handy with an oar) and Hugh Johnson (talks a good game).
I think we blew after the third stroke of the race as the boat
just died, after that it was all a blur!
Tim Male writes:
to say, that the Oratory did win a heat, in a composite with
Cheltenham. I was coxing, and had great pleasure in out-steering
and out-clashing with a Junior World Champion coxswain. Ha!
He would have been eaten alive on the Tideway. We won easily
in the end, having been led off the start.