April the 11 2015 saw the Women’s university boat race between Oxford and Cambridge run for the first time on the Tideway one hour before the mens race.
The first womens race was run in 1927, but was competed mainly on the Thames in Henley.
I was given exclusive access to both crews in the build up to this historic moment.
“Ergo” is derived from the word “Ergometer” – rowing machine. I recorded a 20 second piece of audio of one of the crew on a rowing machine inside the Goldie boat house in Cambridge which then looped, adding a piano track and sound FX in Logic Pro to create the soundtrack.
Early on in cutting the footage together with the sound that the speed and tempo of the Cambridge women on the Ergo’s was the same as the Oxford crew on the Thames in Wallingford.
It became a labour of love to cut the imagery to the tempo of the track.
I went for the repetitive feel after watching the crews in training. It takes a lot of practice to maintain that pace and speed.