Quick Thursday night update, V8's only:
Save for one V8 heat, racing went somewhat as expected at the IRA's today; Cal, Harvard, and Washington won their heats handily, and the sole "surprise" was #5 seed Navy winning their heat over #4 seed Princeton; Princeton later won their rep to make the Friday morning semi. The crews got it done in somewhat different ways, tho, no question:
Cal: go early and go home; all of the Cal heat winners took it out very hard; the V8 had 2/3-3/4 length in the first 250
Harvard: Harvard seems to labor slightly out of the gates, but when they hit their rhythm, they simply pull away; today, they settled to 30-31 to the line
Washington: seems to have the steadiest speed of the winners; if margin was 8 feet at 250, it was 16 at 500, 32 at 1000, etc.
Navy: was racing nearly even with Princeton, and just as the Academy rowers looked a little ragged, laid down a brutal move at 900 gone. so much for cosmetics on a power move.
Who comes out on top in the times? Nobody; the four winning heat times were within 0.8 seconds of each other. Since most of the crews had the luxury of shutting down to some extent, the semis should be a different story.
I've only looked at a few closely, but the semis look brutal. Comment of the day: "You know it's the IRA when you look at your semi draw and think "woah..." and then you look at the other semi draw and you think "woah..."