Denmark international oarswoman Ida Gortz Jacobsen hails amazing Boat Race win for Cambridge University
Ida Gortz Jacobsen described Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club’s victory in the Women’s Boat Race as “absolutely amazing”.
The 24-year-old Denmark international, who won a silver medal in the women’s four at the Lucerne World Cup regatta last year, was in the No 7 seat for the Light Blues as they earned a five-length victory over Oxford.
“It’s really hard to describe, it feels absolutely amazing,” said Gortz Jacobsen.
“When you sit there at the start, you don’t want to think about the finish line at all, you just want to be in the moment.
“It hurts. You want to pace it nice and build into it but you can’t, you have to get ahead and you have to be on from the very first stroke.
“It burns your lungs for the last 6km of it! “
What was impressive was the speed that Cambridge got into their race rhythm, virtually ending it as a contest by Fulham Football Club.
“It’s something we’ve been working a lot on because we’re a lot of different nationalities and programmes coming into this one but just for one year and the start is really about precision and being together,” said Gortz Jacobsen.
“It’s something we’ve struggled with at the beginning of the season but really worked on towards the end and really got together.
“It was great to execute it on race day when nerves are high.”