Head of the Cam 2015: aftermath

[HoC 216 here]

Whew, its done. Pretty well everything went well and everyone seemed happy. There's an archive of the headofthecam entry page here.

Downing M1, fastest crew of the day; and Downing W1, fastest women's VIII. Fastest women's crew of the day was the CCRC quad. On display is the fine "Head of the Cam" shield dating back to 1962; we're really hoping to get it updated with winners from recent years, this year.

Downing M1, fastest crew of the day; and Downing W1, fastest women's VIII. Fastest women's crew of the day was the CCRC quad. On display is the fine "Head of the Cam" shield dating back to 1962; we're really hoping to get it updated with winners from recent years, this year.

Fastest men's crew of the day was Downing M1 with 9:05, set in division one and not beaten, though Cantabs M1 with 9:10 in division two came close. Fastest women's crew was a City quad in division four, who were careless enough not to give themselves a catchy name.

Thanks to: everyone who made the event a success, by helping or by rowing. Special thanks to Bill, Eric, Hannah and Colm for umpiring.

Results

The results are now up at http://tinyurl.com/headofthecam2015. As in previous years these were live-edited, which worked very well. So well, indeed, that this year race control was paperless - everyone was viewing them online, there was no need to print them out. The results are available in overall time order for all divisons; by category; and by club.

Prizes were awarded to anyone who won a category with at least three entrants, and in some cases to categories with two entrants; and to the fastest women. Not everyone was there on the day; please get in contact (headofthecam@gmail.com) if you are deserving of an uncollected prize.

Pictures

Everyone likes pictures of themselves. Here are some:

* SpottedRabbitFarm was the "offical photographer" for the day, and has pic of each division.

* Cantabs have div 2 (only, I think) up on facebook.

* Dawn kindly took video of the finishes - here's div 1 for example - which offers you a brief fragment of you going over the line. The video was mostly intended to help resolve any uncertainty over finish ordering; happily, there wasn't any this year.

 

Things that didn't go quite perfectly

Well, nothing is ever quite perfect. In rough order:

Div 1 went off late, by about 20 minutes, because of a boat coming from Baits Bite lock and refusing to stop. From the information I've been given it was asked several times and refused; its possible that if we'd had someone at the lock they might have been about to talk more easily; we'll add that to the list of things to do better next time.

Div 4 had a bit of a clash around 418 / 419 / 420 / 421, around about Ditton corner. 420 - a IV - caught up with the slower VIIIs - 418 and 419 - as they were side by side, and was impeded, by perhaps as little as a few seconds; the pair 421 similarly. We need to start the VIIIs off en bloc, mostly, so it will sometimes happen that there are faster small boats behind slower VIIIs; for this reason, I advise people that if they think they need a larger gap, because they are faster than the boat ahead, they should ask for it. The start marshalls will be sympathetic, even in div 4. The race rules are for slower crews to give way to faster, but there are sections of the course where this may not be immeadiately possible; and of course safety is always the overriding priority.

At the prize giving I made the casual assumption that the fastest women's crew of the day was obviously an VIII; but it wasn't; it was a City quad; so well done them. Happily no-one noticed this faux pas at the time.