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Clare Novice Regatta, Mich Term 2002

A side-by-side knock out regatta for Cambridge College novice (beginner) VIIIs
Sat 30th November

The official results published by the organisers, Clare college boatclub, can be found here. At the bottom of this page there is a link to Cambridge weather. Club members, please go here to add (or correct) results, crews or race reports.

1st men's novice VIII, 1st division

1st round
Beat Queens A
A close race saw Queens hold 1st and 3rd down the reach. However, some questionable steering from the Queens cox resulted in a clash of blades. The Trinity rowers held their composure well, in contrast to the Queens men who reacted by collectively falling off their seats, allowing 1st and 3rd to pull away. Special congratulations to Honey for holding her nerve and line. (Matt C)
2nd round
Beat Robinson A
Robinson A seemed fairly strong, but they couldn't recover from a crab halfway down the reach, and a steady controlled row won the race for 1st and 3rd. (Matt C)
Quarter finals
Beat Pembroke A
We expected Pembroke A to be fast, and they proved this by pulling out half a length with an impressive push down the reach. Rather less impressive (although infinitely more amusing) was the way they slammed into the bank just beyond the railway bridge, allowing 1st and 3rd to row past for a comfortable win. (Matt C)
Semi finals
Lost to Fitzwilliam A
The crews stayed together off the start, and enhanced the feeling of togetherness by crashing into each other halfway down the reach. Having extricated themselves from the carnage, 1st and 3rd went on to pull out a lead, before Fitz once again demonstrated their kamikaze streak by hitting us once again. Although 1st and 3rd crossed the line first, the umpires demonstrated their unwillingness to penalise Fitz's dangerous driving and ordered a re-row instead.

The rerow was downstream from the railway bridge to Ditton. In contrast to the first race, there was no prospect of a crash, but this didn't stop the marshals blowing their whistles and shouting at our perfect line all the way down the course. Attempting to respond to the marshals' inexplicable commands put us into the bank just before the finish, and allowed Fitz to claim the re-row by a short canvas.

This was an incredibly disappointing result - all the more so as Fitz went on to win the final - but the whole crew can be justifiably proud of the performance. Roll on Fairbairns! (Matt C)

1. Storming Up The Reach

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1st women's novice VIII, 1st division

1st round
Beat LMBC B (1 length)
A very good row saw the 1st and 3rd girls pull away from the LMBC crew from the start and extend the lead all the way to the finish, to beat maggie by just over a length -- well done girls! (H. Adams)
2nd round
Beat Girton A by several lengths
A fantastic row by the 1st and 3rd crew left Girton struggling to stay in the race right from the start and left them several lengths behind at the finish. (H. Adams)
Quarter finals
Beat Homerton A by several lengths
The 1st and 3rd crew continued their series of decisive wins by pulling away from Homerton up the reach, to win by several lengths yet again! (H. Adams)
Semi finals
Lost to Queens A
Another very good race from the 1st and 3rd crew, but unfortunately Queens managed to edge away and take the race by less than a length. (H. Adams)
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2nd men's novice VIII, 2nd division

1st round
Beat Trinity Hall B
Tit Hall B had clearly heard how good 1st and 3rd B were, and wisely decided to scratch. The guys decided that they'd still like to row over the course for practice, and performed strongly with a technical and controlled race. (Matt C)
Quarter finals
LMBC C had already claimed the scalps of two B teams, so 1st and 3rd were determined to put an end to their run. A strong performance saw 1st and 3rd a length up at the railway bridge. LMBC then demonstrated a worrying burst of speed towards the finish, but 1st and 3rd held on to claim the win. (Matt C)
Semi finals
Lost to Christs B
1st and 3rd B produced their usual quick start and pushed hard to the railway bridge, passing through half a length up. However, Christ's made the most of the inside bend, and pulled through in the last 100 metres to win by quarter of a length.

Although it was disappointing to lose this close race, altogether 1st and 3rd B put in a highly convincing performance and did extremely well to reach the last 4. (Matt C)

1. Practicing the course
2. Rowing Over On Friday

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2nd women's novice VIII, 2nd division

1st round
Lost to Magdalene B
Despite a very gutsy row by the 1st and 3rd girls, the Magdalene crew proved to be very strong and managed to get to the finish line first . (H. Adams)

1. A close race
2. Neck and neck up the...

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