Lily Lindsay lauds a great day for Cambridge University Women's Boat Club after an emphatic Boat Race win
Lily Lindsay praised her Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club crewmates for putting practice into action to win the Women’s Boat Race.
The 22-year-old stroke set the tempo for the Light Blues as they got into their groove early on to earn a five-length win over Oxford for a third successive victory.
“It was hard but a great race,” said Lindsay. “You can prepare for it, and train really hard; we go through lots of simulation and practice but there is nothing quite like preparing for a race that’s this long and this mentally taxing with so many people and so much attention.
“The crew handled it really well and I think really rose to the challenge and it was a great race.”
What caught the eye was the start from Cambridge, in particular the speed that they got into their race rhythm.
It meant that they had established a significant advantage by Craven Cottage.
“The start is probably the hardest part of the race,” said Yale graduate Lindsay.
“There are so many things that can happen and if something is going to go wrong, right off the start is where it will happen especially with that many people at the start.
“It’s really a testament to the crew to be able to stay internal, stay focused. Hugh (Spaughton, the Cambridge cox) kept us calm, he locked on to the stakeboat perfectly and just reminded the crew that we had practiced this before.
“To be able to go out there and do what we’ve done in practice and execute on race day is a great feeling.
“Off the start, there is a huge focus of staying internal and it’s not until 90 seconds that Hugh is the first person to look out of the boat and give us a call of where we are.
“At that point, we knew that we had made some ground off the start. It’s a 6.8km race, anything can happen, at no point do you think this is in the bag.
“But there was a point where Hugh called us off the two seat a two-man move to break open water and to execute that move, feel it, look up and know everything is going to plan, is a great feeling.”
She added: “It’s a great day for Blondie and a great day for Cambridge.”