Setting pole

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a pole, often iron-pointed, used for pushing boats along in shallow water.

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Often a part of the crew would have to leap into the water at the shallows, and wade along with the towing line, while their comrades on board toilfully assisted with oar and setting pole.
The boats, in general, had to be propelled by oars and setting poles, or drawn by the hand and by grappling hooks from one root or overhanging tree to another; or towed by the long cordelle, or towing line, where the shores were sufficiently clear of woods and thickets to permit the men to pass along the banks.
Having dominated this race for years setting pole three times in four visits, and winning twice, the 2008 champion had been hoping for more.
After comfortably setting pole position in qualifying at PF - in a field comprising several fast and experienced second-year Senior Rotax contenders - James proceeded to win two of his three heat races.
3 seconds quicker than that achieved by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in setting pole position for Sunday's season-ending grand prix, although it is generally accepted that the circuit was around 1.
The German, though, has inarguably been one of the stars of the opening seven races of the year, setting pole position in both Shanghai and Istanbul, notching up three rostrum finishes and storming to RBR's breakthrough victory in the top flight at its 75th attempt when he led team-mate Mark Webber to the chequered flag in a crushing and memorable one-two in the Chinese Grand Prix in April.
Since the middle of 2003 I've been winning races, setting pole position times and heading towards championships," he said, "so it's a bit different this year.
He has ticked mentally the box that says 'I canbe the fastest guy around the track' by setting pole in Imola.
Rossi was the fastest throughout the whole weekend at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit near Valencia in Spain, setting pole position in qualifying and then taking a comfortable race win for his ninth victory of the season.
An ex-BSB ace who has emphatically been proving that he is the man for the job of late, meanwhile, is Coventry star Cal Crutchlow, who, after setting pole position and leading on his first two appearances in the World Supersport Championship with the factory Yamaha operation, made it third time lucky in Valencia by superbly passing Honda rival Anthony West on the final lap of the race to complete an impeccable hat-trick and seal his greatest success at international level todate - and snatch the lead of the riders' standings into the bargain.
VALENTINO ROSSI is firmly in the frame for a last-gasp bid to retain his Moto GP crown after setting pole position for today's penultimate title round in Portugal.
I have come back to try and and the AMA Superbike title and it's a great start to get the bonus point for setting pole," he said after snatching the number-one spot on the grid by just 0.