The Boat Race is fast approaching, and as the hype builds up towards the event so does the lingo that comes with it. Here’s a run down of some of the terms you’d benefit from knowing come Easter Sunday.
A – “Attention!” – the last word the rowers hear before “go” and the pain begins. And alas amazing astounding accomplishments. AAAAHHH.
B – BNY Mellon – a shout out to one of our sponsors for making this all possible and providing beautiful blue stash to be spotted around Cambridge.
C – Cox – The lil dude we put all our faith into as we row blindly into the distance. The only thing we can see are Oxford’s tears in the boat behind us.
D – Drama. Fingers crossed for no sunken boats, collisions, broken oars, or floods (although a drought may be more of an issue).
E – Erg. Thee short letters, 2 painfully long kilometres. If you haven’t heard this word thrown around you evidently haven’t spent enough time with boaties.
F – Five AM wakeups to catch the train to Ely. It’s usually still dark, and rainy, and cold. But the winning spirit still shines out from their souls.
G – GDBO – God damn them
H – House – the *only* landmark on the Ely 5km straight. Also a genre of music which the niche rower likes to listen to when erging.
I – Island – Chiswick Eyot (pronounced eight) – about halfway through the course. Fingers crossed we’ll be #winning by this point.
J – Japanese Spider Crab – the world’s largest crab. A completely random fun fact of the day… since rowers love crabs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxOW739UlWk.
K – Kettle bells. One of the many training aids to help crown CUBC king of the river. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_uoH6hJilc. TUNE.
L – Light Blue – the only blue worth being #lb4lyf
M – Muscles. I mean just look at the legs on those rowers…
Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon – in the meantime, refer to letter G.