People may mock Trenton Oldfield but he doesn't see to have met with a wholly hostile reception in the world outside the boat race... Will be interesting to see how he's covered in tomorrow's papers.
What really rankled with me was when someone in the commentary team suggested that the Oxford team pull up to ensure that the race was recorded as unfinished rather than as a significant Cambridge win. Disgracefully unsporting suggestion which nobody took the time to shoot down...
Last edited by wozza1991; 08-04-2012 at 11:13.
Reason: mistaken identity - corrected
They were rowing at about 10-13mph roughly. Now consider this, a guillotine blade weighs roughly 40kg and it cuts at a speed of 14.3mph (6.4 m/s), it has a really sharp serrated edge and cut and an angle almost exactly perpendicular to the horizontal of the neck. That's what it takes to chop off a head.
(Original post by Woffles)
You have no idea how fast these boats are moving. I, and any other rower, can guarantee that at speed, an oar could potentially take a head off.
Now an oar on the other hand weighs about 2.5kg a considerable amount less than a guillotine blade. It is made of carbon fibre, they are not serrated nor sharp and are probably a fair bit more flexible than a metal gullotine. If this were to hit the guy in the water even at 14 mph with the variables i have just stated, including the force of the rowers arms, plus the fact that it may not have hit him clean perpendicular to his neck or skull, plus the fact the man was in water and had it hit him, unlike in a guillotine, nothing was keeping his head steady therefore the force would have been dissipated into the water rather than onto the point of contact, there is absolutely no way that the oar could have physically chopped this mans head off. No doubt he may have got some severe lacerations, but to claim his head "potentially" could have been taken off is absolutely ludicrous!!!!
Last edited by Foghorn Leghorn; 08-04-2012 at 02:17.