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    (Original post by KingRS)
    @zacken how did everything go in the end? must have gotten lost in the step thread
    Turns out I did pretty well in II, 15 points higher than I was expecting. Got in with 1, 1, 1. Yourself?
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Amazing! GOOD LUCK for the CUBC trial.

    And I think Christ's could do with some good rowers too
    Thank you! I think they could haha they're out of the first division in bumps now lol but as vincrows said I won't be rowing with the college (although I think that is an option after the Boat Race, depending what else is happening)
    (Original post by vincrows)
    Awesome!Which seat now?If I remember correctly, you're from London area, aren't you?So been rowing on the Thames?Went to see our daughter rowing for WEHORR a few times. Very different from Cam, in every sense.......Watched Rio?I knew men's four will get gold but watching men's eight winning gold was happiest moment for me in Rio games. Thought the day will never come......
    Yep near to London so rowing on the Thames. Ah cool I did SHORR and HORR this year (in a quad and eight respectively) so I've got some experience, just all in the wrong direction! And I don't really have a seat it normally depends on the physique of everyone else in the boat :lol: I'm also open to rowing either side, I just have a lot more experience on bow side, but I have been sculling for about 95% of my water time I'd say, maybe more haha.

    And yes Rio was amazing! So many good races, the men's eight was brilliant (unfortunately Steve Trapmore's medal isn't so unique any more :P ). I also loved seeing the Kiwi pair, Croatia double, quads final (shame about GB!) and Drysdale (although arguably Henley was more interesting ) haha.
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    (Original post by Duskstar)
    Thank you! I think they could haha they're out of the first division in bumps now lol but as vincrows said I won't be rowing with the college (although I think that is an option after the Boat Race, depending what else is happening)
    If you make the Cambridge boat you'll be a TSR hero for life. Go Duskstar! Woo!

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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Turns out I did pretty well in II, 15 points higher than I was expecting. Got in with 1, 1, 1. Yourself?
    Yeah I did way better on 2 than i thought (+20) but worse on 3 (-10). got in with the 1,1 in the end. What college are you in?
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    (Original post by KingRS)
    Yeah I did way better on 2 than i thought (+20) but worse on 3 (-10). got in with the 1,1 in the end. What college are you in?
    Whoo! Sounds exactly like me. +15 in II and -3 in III. I'm going to King's. I think you're at Trinity, right?
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    Since everyone's talking about rowing - does anyone know the standards of most college boats? I rowed in school (in Australia) and did quite well, managed to get a sub 6:20 2k time and stroke my school's boat. I haven't rowed since our season ended in March 2015 though so would very much be off form by now. I kind of want to row, because it's something I know how to do and it's such a big part of Cambridge, but I'm not sure if I'd like to commit to the training like I did at school. So if I pulled a 2k time of 6:20 or so what boat would I be likely to end up in in College (I know it would differ between colleges), I would probably prefer rowing casually tbh.

    Also, is the training for bumps significantly different to that for training for a 2km race? As in is it more focussed on long/short pieces etc.?
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    (Original post by NS1205)
    Since everyone's talking about rowing - does anyone know the standards of most college boats? I rowed in school (in Australia) and did quite well, managed to get a sub 6:20 2k time and stroke my school's boat. I haven't rowed since our season ended in March 2015 though so would very much be off form by now. I kind of want to row, because it's something I know how to do and it's such a big part of Cambridge, but I'm not sure if I'd like to commit to the training like I did at school. So if I pulled a 2k time of 6:20 or so what boat would I be likely to end up in in College (I know it would differ between colleges), I would probably prefer rowing casually tbh.

    Also, is the training for bumps significantly different to that for training for a 2km race? As in is it more focussed on long/short pieces etc.?
    If you want to row 'casually' , you can just row for second or third (if they have) boat. Lower boats usually train less than first boat. But they'd still expect you to commit yourself to their regular training, though. It's usually 3 mornings a week for lower boats, but as you said, it can vary from college to college.
    Which college are you going? I think the best thing is just go to their introductory session during the freshers week and try out & ask the question.

    The course of Bumps is a bit longer, about 2.5 km or so, I think.
    I have 3 ex-Cambridge college rowers in the family but never rowed myself, so not sure about how their training is different from that of 2km regatta, but my guess is probably not much for rowers.........I think. Perhaps it'd depend on their coach's training style, rather than because it's for bumps.
    Because of the style of race and the course features (narrow and winding, and 16 other boats chasing each other), the role of Cox is quite different and more significant for bumps, though. .
    Oh btw, they do race other races, too, not just bumps. Some of them are regatta.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    If you want to row 'casually' , you can just row for second or third (if they have) boat. Lower boats usually train less than first boat. But they'd still expect you to commit yourself to their regular training, though. It's usually 3 mornings a week for lower boats, but as you said, it can vary from college to college.
    Which college are you going? I think the best thing is just go to their introductory session during the freshers week and try out & ask the question.

    The course of Bumps is a bit longer, about 2.5 km or so, I think.
    I have 3 ex-Cambridge college rowers in the family but never rowed myself, so not sure about how their training is different from that of 2km regatta, but my guess is probably not much for rowers.........I think. Perhaps it'd depend on their coach's training style, rather than because it's for bumps.
    Because of the style of race and the course features (narrow and winding, and 16 other boats chasing each other), the role of Cox is quite different and more significant for bumps, though. .
    Oh btw, they do race other races, too, not just bumps. Some of them are regatta.

    Thanks a lot for the information. I'm going to Jesus, which I've heard is a fairly sporty college. I'd probably be fine with three mornings a week - five/six though I might give it a miss.
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    Anyone got in for Engineering and got the prep work sheet?
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    (Original post by NS1205)
    Thanks a lot for the information. I'm going to Jesus, which I've heard is a fairly sporty college. I'd probably be fine with three mornings a week - five/six though I might give it a miss.
    You're most welcome.
    Come to think of it, those 3 rowers in the family started rowing at Cambridge, so I don't think even they know if their training is any different from other places.

    Good luck! Hope you'll enjoy rowing at Cambridge, esp Bumps. The best boat race in the world. You'll know what I mean when you see the race yourself. You'll be hooked.
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    (Original post by Duskstar)
    Thank you! I think they could haha they're out of the first division in bumps now lol but as vincrows said I won't be rowing with the college (although I think that is an option after the Boat Race, depending what else is happening)


    Yep near to London so rowing on the Thames. Ah cool I did SHORR and HORR this year (in a quad and eight respectively) so I've got some experience, just all in the wrong direction! And I don't really have a seat it normally depends on the physique of everyone else in the boat :lol: I'm also open to rowing either side, I just have a lot more experience on bow side, but I have been sculling for about 95% of my water time I'd say, maybe more haha.

    And yes Rio was amazing! So many good races, the men's eight was brilliant (unfortunately Steve Trapmore's medal isn't so unique any more :P ). I also loved seeing the Kiwi pair, Croatia double, quads final (shame about GB!) and Drysdale (although arguably Henley was more interesting ) haha.
    Just occurred to me last night you had told me before you were a rower and wanted to row for CUBC. Sorry, my bad, my aging brain......again.

    I'll reply via pm later.
    Don't want to build another massive Wall of text, exclusively with boatie talks!
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Nah, it's not unusual for the other place to struggle to string enough words together to sustain a decent TSR thread.

    We even get them joining Cambridge threads because they are more interesting (cf. BioOx in the 2017 Applicants Thread)

    #TabBantz
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    (Original post by crepole)
    Anyone got in for Engineering and got the prep work sheet?
    Yes, but it's more of a booklet than a single sheet! I've started working my way through it but it seems like it's never-ending haha
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    I'm doing more A Level maths now than I should've done during A Level Maths
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    (Original post by RyanW97)
    Yes, but it's more of a booklet than a single sheet! I've started working my way through it but it seems like it's never-ending haha
    Good excercise for Cambridge. .......on a very elementary level.
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    I'm doing more A Level maths now than I should've done during A Level Maths
    That's how I'm feeling about the maths booklet Engineers have been given...
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    (Original post by RyanW97)
    That's how I'm feeling about the maths booklet Engineers have been given...
    And when you start at Cambridge, you'll realize in a few months how easy A-level had been.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    And when you start at Cambridge, you'll realize in a few months how easy A-level had been.
    Are you here just to try to scare everyone away? 😂
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    I'm doing more A Level maths now than I should've done during A Level Maths
    I've started on the first page and put it down and haven't looked at it for a good 2 days. 😂
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    First thought on getting the NatSci/CompSci maths booklet - I'm basically half a mathmo, I don't need to do this!

    After looking at it - wait, how do I factorise x^3 - 1? What's the factor theorem help
 
 
 
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