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The 2011 Taurus Barbecue will be at the Henley Cricket Club on Saturday 2nd July, after racing at the Royal Regatta. £10 a head, pay before you play. Details on the front page.
We have now put up the February 2011 newsletter, which has been posted out to all current Taurus members. If you haven't received yours, either you haven't yet signed up to pay your membership fees or you have recently moved and haven't told us your address.
The Taurus Barbecue at Henley Royal Regatta will be in space N10 in Lion Meadow on Saturday 1st July, from end of racing onwards. Catering by the Chelsea Ramm Pub. £10 a head, £5 for students. Insults and watering-can abuse extra.
Latest newsletter is out - see downloads page.
Shock horror, Taurus 2 to start fifth in the Veteran's Head on 20th March. Bloody hell we'd better get some training in....
Taurus Committee held a meeting! Wonders will never cease. We had a jolly good lunch and made masses of Important New Years Resolutions. More practically, we agreed to give the student club £2800 towards five new ergos, which was a really good plan and much appreciated by the Brookes boys and girls.
Biggest weekend of the month was the 20th/21st, with the Scullers Head on Saturday followed by the Indoor Champs on Sunday. Not surprisingly Taurus members usually choose to go for water-moving rather than erg-beating, and we spotted Dave Gillard (11th) and Bart Hudson (27th), although there may have been more. The next day in Birmingham saw Jonno Devlin (5th in Men's Open) and Joe von Maltzahn (racing with OUBC) pulling their rocks off on Concept 2's.
Head of the Charles 2004, and despite a nasty fierce wind in the Charles River basin, which made for a shortened course, Brookes' top eight including a couple of well-known Taureans performed brilliantly in the men's championship eights. They beat all but one of the top US universities to finish fifth overall, and likely to get a commendation and automatic invitation back next year as a reward for being within 5% of the finish time for winners Cambridge. The only crews to finish ahead of Brookes in this high-quality competition were CUBC, the Dutch Olympic eight, Princeton heavies, and western champions UCal Berkley. Even the US national team (actually its second eight) finished one place back in sixth, although this might have more to do with a too-friendly encounter with the famous Eliot Bridge.
A load of Brookes students went to France to take part in the World University Champs, and came away with a respectable fifth place for the men's eight, and a bronze medal for Vicky Myers in a composite women's four.
There were plenty of international appearances by Taureans (see details here), but the highlight was without question the Athens Olympics, with Stevie Williams anchoring the British men's coxless four to gold. The four won an epic race by 0.08 seconds, or more or less the chunk of bow canvas on which Alex Partridge's name had been painted, but the first actual man over the line was Steve at bow. He could barely speak for hours afterwards, in a daze after the Olympic medal ceremony (AVI movie, needs a good connection). He and Ed Coode were then glued to the TV screen during the post-race press conference, which annoyingly overlapped with the M8+'s B-final, including GBR. Sadly Jonno Devlin, another bow-seat Brookes man, did not have such a good result, but it was most people's view that the eight had done pretty well just to get to Athens without losing any more people after a much disrupted summer.
July 2004First up in the Sunday finals was the Visitors' - Henry Bailhache, Dan Marett, Tommy Burton and Oxford's Andrew Stubbs, as Oxford Brookes/Oxford - racing four Cambridge Blues. The official Stewards' report reads as follows: "Oxford were the faster crew off the start but Cambridge looked the steadier crew and at Fawley had begun to erode Oxford's advantage. But their steering was poor and, after several warnings, they hit the booms shortly after the 3/4 mile where they might just have taken the lead." Win to Brookes/Oxford by 2.25 lengths in 7:11.
July means Henley, and Brookes/Taurus back on form after last year's difficulties. There were entries all over the place, but of stalwart Taurus performances on the river three stand out.
Next came the Stewards' Cup. Until Friday we had expected this to contain two Taurus members - Steve Williams and Alex Partridge - but late in the week it was confirmed that Alex had a double lung puncture and would be out not only of Henley Royal but also from the Olympic team, to recover. Cue many press conferences and articles, Ed Coode slotting into Alex's place, and Partridge getting horribly drunk on Saturday night at the Taurus barbecue (good work, everyone...) This is how the final against the Australians went for Steve and the four: "Leander & IC took immediate control of this race. Their excellent technique and immaculate steering helped; but they were, anyway, the stronger and better crew." Win by 2 lengths in 6:46.
Finally it was the turn of the Ladies' Plate Leander crew, featuring good old boys Joe von Maltzahn and Ben Lewis. Racing Harvard's JVs in the final, they won as follows: "Leander got off to a very fast start, settled well and established a commanding lead by the half mile. Harvard pressed hard passing the Enclosures, but could only close to 3/4 length." Verdict 3/4 length in 6:30, and finally a well-deserved Henley medal for Ben, after too many finals to want to count them....
And of course that isn't counting all the memorable land-based performances in the Fawley Bar, Bridge Bar, and at the Taurus Barbecue (Dom, Danoi, Pete, 'tother Pete, Peiller and all the others who know who they are....)
A good time was had by all at the Taurus Annual Dinner in May, with several familiar faces turning up and much drunken-ness and partying in Thames RC. Sadly the editor as yet has received no pictures of the debauchery - come on get your negatives developed....
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