The Club's Results

Clare Novice Regatta, Mich Term 2000

A side-by-side knock out regatta for Cambridge College novice (beginner) VIIIs
Thu 23rd November

First and Third Dominate the Clare Novice Regatta!

The 1st men's novice crew cruised to a fine win in the Men's Cup. Furthermore, one of their closer races was against the 2nd men's novice crew, who performed brilliantly to meet them in the final!

1st and 2nd mens' novice VIIIs and Lower Boats Captains

The ladies 1st novices also reached their final, where they sadly lost to LMBC. The men's 3rd and 4th novice crews also performed superbly; overly aggressive coxing cost the 3rd VIII victory in the men's plate, whilst the 4th VIII performed extremely well against higher crews from other colleges.


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1st men's novice VIII, 1st division

Quarter finals
Won (about 5 lengths) against CCAT
CCAT were one of the better opponents of the day, and the bank party decided it would be a good opportunity to practice going at race pressure for the whole course. [by the webmaster]
Final
Won (about 5 lengths) against First and Third B
For the second time in the day, the 1st VIII decided to go flat out all the way for this one. Winners of the Clare Novices 2000 - in style. [by the webmaster]

1. Near the start
2. Approaching the rail...
3. 1st and 2nd novice b...
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Women's novice VIII A, 1st division

1st round
Won (2 1/4 lengths) against Downing
Downing started powerfully and took a lead of about 1/4 of a length. The whole reach was an exciting side-by-side show down, in which First and Third, inch by inch, nosed in to the lead. Downing had clearly started hard, but flagged, and as the river turned to our advantage our ladies surged ahead to win convincingly. [by the webmaster]
2nd round
Won against Caius
A lengthy crab 'situation' shortly after the start looked very ominous, but good work by the remaining six operational oarsmen left us only about a length down by the time it was eventually recovered half a minute later! With all 8 back in action, the crew started to erode Caius' lead. By the railway bridge things were going very well and Caius fell apart utterly to give us a convincing win. [by the webmaster]
Semi finals
Won against Jesus
A good start came to nothing after a boat stopping incident, and yet again our ladies had ground to make up - this time about two lengths as they passed the railings. We were in familiar territory, and for every seat gained over Jesus, the opposition's coordination deteriorated. Even their cox began to feel the heat as we moved through to a third of a length down under the railway bridge and, steering tight round the bend to maintain the advantage, was warned back onto station by the marshal - only to steer away hard... into the bank. Another win! [by the webmaster]
Final
Lost (4 lengths) to LMBC
About a length was conceded at the start with one or two small incidents, but thereafter, despite some determined gutsy rowing, it becamse clear the Maggie were a faster crew. It was disappointing not to win, but a good performance to have reached the final. [by the webmaster]

1. Approaching the Rail...
2. Near the Start
3. Leading Caius toward...
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2nd men's novice VIII, 1st division

2nd round
Won (comfortably) against Trinity Hall
We were a bit more apprehensive about this race than against Fitz B. However, judging from comments from Tit Hall's bank party the feeling was mutual. With a four seat lead after four strokes the writing was on the wall - 'It was never really going to happen'. The boys cruised home from the railway bridge, satisfied with a good six length lead. [by the webmaster]
Semi finals
Won (1 length) against Selwyn
Selwyn were clearly the neatest crew from any other college on the river - and were the major obstacle in the way of an all First and Third final. The tow path station gave us the advantage along the reach, and we pushed hard to open a lead of just over 1 length by the railway bridge. As the river and current swung in to their favour, they came back strongly as expected, to within half a length. However, our crew remained in command and as the advantage of the corner faded so did Selwyn; we continued to push hard to regain a lead of about a length. (Bumping a crew from the previous race moments before the finish added a little extra excitement.) An awesome performance. [by the webmaster]
Final
Lost (5 or 6 lengths) to First and Third
The rowing was gutsy, they were just too good. [by the webmaster]

1. Approaching the Rail...
2. Near the Start
3. Easy win by railway ...
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Women's novice VIII B, 2nd division

1. The Railings

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3rd men's novice VIII, 2nd division

2nd round
Won (easily) against Emmanuel C
finishing perhaps some 20 lengths clear, and having overtaken the loosing crew from the race before! [by the webmaster]
Semi finals
Won against Queens B (2 lengths) but disqualified
Whilst leading by 3/4 length approaching the railway bridge with an inside line under it approaching, we erred in to the path of Queens II, and the heavy blade clashing reasonably resulted in disqualification. This was a great shame, since our subsequent crossing of the finish line some two lengths ahead properly reflected our superior boat speed. [by the webmaster]

1. The Railings
2. Easy win - near the ...

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4th men's novice VIII, 2nd division

1st round
Won (easily) against Christs C
a powerful start gave us a commanding lead, even before a cocktail of seat derailments and overhead crabs sent Christs veering across the course in to the bank. [by the webmaster]
2nd round
Lost (2 lengths) to Clare B
The first half of the race was disappointingly scrappy - perhaps partly on account of having to row with unfamiliar wooden blades. The rowing improved in the second half, but it proved impossible to regain very much ground and the win was conceded. [by the webmaster]

1. Another, near the start
2. Near the start
3. The Railings
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5th men's novice VIII, 2nd division

1st round
Lost (easily) against Queens B
The rowing was good but not fast enough, against a strong Queens B (eventual winners). [by the webmaster]

1. The Railings

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Cambridge weather: text

1. At the start, Round ...
2. Crews marshalling


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