The Club's Results

Novice Fairbairn Cup 2008

A 2700m timed head race on the Cam for Cambridge College novice VIIIs
Thu 4th December

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


2nd men's novice VIII, 2nd division

3rd in category, 11th overall
Time: 10:14.41
When I arrived at the boathouse, I have to admit to perhaps more than a touch of trepidation. The wind was quite literally howling, the rain was decidedly horizontal, and the cold was just unreal. However, we had trained hard for this race, so amid many cries of "man up" we got the boat out and got ready. We were to set off behind an Emma 1 crew, however we left a reasonably large gap to prevent any need for tricky overtaking manouveres. Finally, after what seemed an age sat in the freezing cold, we heard the "First and Third, Attention, Go" and we were off. Our pace round the first few hundred metres seemed good, and our boat felt flat and fast. The power stayed on all the way to Chesterton, at which point Tom, our coach, finally caught us up, having had to delay a scant few seconds to pack up our coats to cycle them to the finish. From here on in, with our bank party urging us on, we seemed to only get flatter, more powerful and faster. At about the railway bridge some people in our boat started hearing the Emma bank party up ahead, and as we realised that we could, potentially, catch them we entered into a desperate sprint for the line, all thoughts of tiredness rapidly forgotton. With the Emma boat still a few seats ahead, and only a couple of hundred metres remaining, one of their men crabbed, causing them to veer madly in our direction, and only some sharp bladework by strokeside, and some equally deft coxing averted disaster, and then we were over the line. As we finished everybody took stock, and realised how much we had put into the race. Many people cramped up as soon as the adrenaline subsided, and Gunnar had successfully managed to start, grow, and burst a blister, without even realising. All in all it was an extremely enjoyable row, in challenging conditions, and we feel that we have achieved a result to be proud of. (Swords)
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1st men's novice VIII, 1st division

18th
Time: 10:37.16
A minute behind the first crew. My appalling line around Chesterton which ended with me sticking my arm in may have caused a fair chunk of that difference, but we just weren't fast enough. (Alasdair)
Not exactly the result we'd hoped for. After the exertions of the Clare race various illnesses, injuries, AWOLs and CUCBC rules meant that training in the last week was very limited. The crew lost some momentum and were unable to recapture the boat speed produced previously. What I've learned from the experience is that the old motto "miles make champions" applies especially strongly to novice crews, and a serious attempt to win this race would want four weeks of 50k in the 8+.

The future is, of course, more important than the past. The guys showed plenty of determination and commitment to each other, and the performance against Wolfson showed real potential. They'll be winning races soon enough. (Tom C)
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4th men's novice VIII, 2nd division

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1st women's novice VIII, 1st division

8th
Time: 11:50.21
You never stop learning! Until today I believed that the "Railings" was the little bridge about 25 strokes downstream of the railway bridge. It turns out it's actually a hedge a further 200m down the reach, so I had to hit NW1 with a surprise call for "only one extra minute" after we'd gone through the whole sequence of "go for the line" and "empty the tanks" under the railway bridge. Sorry about that!

The girls coped well though, and had a very committed row. It was good to see everyone putting in the right aggression and dedication, finding a good hard rythm that should help for tomorrow. The lines round corners and subsequent pushes were great, the only thing missing was a bit of finesse and posture, making the boat look heavy in places. The time is probably close to the fastest we could have expected - however not quite fast enough to be amongst the top colleges. At the end of the day one has to acknowledge the other colleges' achievements, particularly Maggie's and Anglia Ruskin's, but every member of this crew should be very satisfied with today's performance. Let's be the fastest 3rd VIII tomorrow! (P.M. Preiss)

1. Morning of Novice Fa...
2. At Chesterton
3. Before the Start

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3rd men's novice VIII, 2nd division

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2nd women's novice VIII, 2nd division

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<h3><a name="selectedresults">Selected Results</a></h3><h4>Men's Novice VIIIs</h4><p><pre><b>Pos Pos in class Crew Time Diff</b> 1 1 / 28 Lady Margaret 09:33.36 +0:00.0 2 2 / 28 Jesus 09:36.87 +0:03.51 3 3 / 28 Caius 09:55.67 +0:22.31 4 4 / 28 Queen's 09:55.88 +0:22.52 5 5 / 28 Downing 09:59.16 +0:25.8 6 6 / 28 Anglia Ruskin 09:59.34 +0:25.98 7 7 / 28 Wolfson 10:01.58 +0:28.22 8 1 / 25 Jesus II 10:06.36 +0:33.0 9 2 / 25 Lady Margaret II 10:11.40 +0:38.04 10 8 / 28 St Edmund's 10:13.80 +0:40.44 <b>11 3 / 25 First and Third Trinity II 10:14.41 +0:41.05</b> 12 9 / 28 St Catharine's 10:14.88 +0:41.52 13 10 / 28 Christ's 10:16.67 +0:43.31 14 11 / 28 Magdalene 10:21.44 +0:48.08 15 12 / 28 Selwyn 10:26.75 +0:53.39 16 13 / 28 Hughes Hall 10:27.05 +0:53.69 17 14 / 28 Peterhouse 10:30.89 +0:57.53 18 15 / 28 Fitzwilliam 10:31.74 +0:58.38 <b>19 16 / 28 First and Third Trinity 10:37.16 +1:03.8</b> 20 4 / 25 Selwyn II 10:38.47 +1:05.11 21 5 / 25 Christ's II 10:41.70 +1:08.34 22 1 / 16 Lady Margaret III 10:42.37 +1:09.01 23 17 / 28 Clare 10:44.54 +1:11.18 24 6 / 25 St Catharine's II 10:44.86 +1:11.5 25 18 / 28 Churchill 10:44.99 +1:11.63 26 7 / 25 Downing II 10:46.41 +1:13.05 27 8 / 25 Queen's II 10:47.16 +1:13.8 28 9 / 25 Clare II 10:47.21 +1:13.85 29 10 / 25 St Edmund's II 10:49.05 +1:15.69 30 19 / 28 Robinson 10:51.18 +1:17.82 31 11 / 25 Homerton II 10:53.70 +1:20.34 32 20 / 28 King's 10:58.21 +1:24.85 33 2 / 16 Christ's III 11:00.93 +1:27.57 34 12 / 25 King's II 11:01.07 +1:27.71 35 13 / 25 Trinity Hall II 11:11.52 +1:38.16 36 14 / 25 Magdalene II 11:13.65 +1:40.29 37 3 / 16 Fitzwilliam III 11:14.61 +1:41.25 38 15 / 25 Caius II 11:18.46 +1:45.1 39 16 / 25 Fitzwilliam II 11:22.61 +1:49.25 40 21 / 28 Homerton 11:23.26 +1:49.9 41 1 / 1 Lady Margaret VI 11:24.14 +1:50.78 42 4 / 16 Selwyn III 11:27.37 +1:54.01 43 22 / 28 Pembroke 11:29.86 +1:56.5 44 23 / 28 Darwin 11:31.38 +1:58.02 45 17 / 25 Pembroke II 11:34.45 +2:01.09 46 5 / 16 Wolfson III 11:34.58 +2:01.22 47 6 / 16 Queen's III 11:35.59 +2:02.23 48 24 / 28 Emmanuel 11:47.60 +2:14.24 49 7 / 16 Clare III 11:48.85 +2:15.49 <b>50 1 / 5 First and Third Trinity IV 11:50.07 +2:16.71</b> 51 18 / 25 Wolfson II 11:51.22 +2:17.86 52 25 / 28 Trinity Hall 11:52.02 +2:18.66 53 26 / 28 Girton 11:55.15 +2:21.79 54 8 / 16 Emmanuel III 11:58.35 +2:24.99 55 19 / 25 Sidney Sussex II 12:01.76 +2:28.4 56 20 / 25 Emmanuel II 12:04.87 +2:31.51 57 9 / 16 Jesus III 12:09.24 +2:35.88 58 21 / 25 Peterhouse II 12:09.73 +2:36.37 59 10 / 16 King's III 12:09.83 +2:36.47 60 11 / 16 Sidney Sussex III 12:11.81 +2:38.45 61 12 / 16 Magdalene III 12:13.11 +2:39.75 62 13 / 16 Downing III 12:14.08 +2:40.72 63 22 / 25 Anglia Ruskin II 12:17.90 +2:44.54 64 27 / 28 Sidney Sussex 12:19.63 +2:46.27 65 23 / 25 Girton II 12:23.75 +2:50.39 66 2 / 5 Selwyn IV 12:29.01 +2:55.65 67 3 / 5 Queen's IV 12:31.06 +2:57.7 68 1 / 2 Lady Margaret V 12:32.21 +2:58.85 <b>69 14 / 16 First and Third Trinity III 12:44.33 +3:10.97</b> 70 24 / 25 Robinson II 12:50.53 +3:17.17 71 4 / 5 Lady Margaret IV 12:51.33 +3:17.97 72 25 / 25 Churchill II 14:06.43 +4:33.07 73 15 / 16 Homerton III 14:08.07 +4:34.71 74 28 / 28 Corpus Christi 14:10.22 +4:36.86 75 Sancton Wood School 14:42.19 +5:08.83 76 16 / 16 Caius III 15:46.19 +6:12.83 77 5 / 5 Sidney Sussex IV DNF 78 2 / 2 Sidney Sussex V DNS</pre></p><h4>Women's Novice VIIIs</h4><p><pre><b>Pos Pos in class Crew Time Diff</b> 1 1 / 29 Lady Margaret 10:59.88 +0:00.0 2 2 / 29 Anglia Ruskin 11:02.72 +0:02.84 3 3 / 29 Fitzwilliam 11:09.53 +0:09.65 4 4 / 29 Christ's 11:09.97 +0:10.09 5 5 / 29 Jesus 11:21.08 +0:21.2 6 6 / 29 Murray Edwards 11:37.50 +0:37.62 7 1 / 18 Robinson II 11:48.53 +0:48.65 <b> 8 7 / 29 First and Third Trinity 11:50.21 +0:50.33</b> 9 St Mary's School 11:52.57 +0:52.69 10 2 / 18 Christ's II 11:53.55 +0:53.67 11 8 / 29 Newnham 11:54.00 +0:54.12 12 9 / 29 Downing 11:55.56 +0:55.68 13 1 / 7 Emmanuel III 12:02.01 +1:02.13 14 10 / 29 Peterhouse 12:03.64 +1:03.76 15 11 / 29 Homerton 12:13.03 +1:13.15 16 12 / 29 Clare 12:14.49 +1:14.61 17 13 / 29 Queen's 12:18.02 +1:18.14 18 14 / 29 Churchill 12:19.27 +1:19.39 19 15 / 29 Robinson 12:21.95 +1:22.07 20 16 / 29 St Catharine's 12:22.71 +1:22.83 21 3 / 18 Magdalene II 12:22.97 +1:23.09 22 17 / 29 Emmanuel 12:28.70 +1:28.82 23 4 / 18 Emmanuel II 12:33.76 +1:33.88 24 18 / 29 Corpus Christi 12:39.50 +1:39.62 25 19 / 29 Selwyn 12:40.44 +1:40.56 26 20 / 29 Pembroke 12:42.01 +1:42.13 27 5 / 18 Selwyn II 12:45.65 +1:45.77 28 6 / 18 Queen's II 12:45.92 +1:46.04 29 21 / 29 Caius 12:46.26 +1:46.38 30 7 / 18 Jesus II 12:50.70 +1:50.82 31 22 / 29 Magdalene 12:52.86 +1:52.98 32 8 / 18 Caius II 12:53.84 +1:53.96 33 2 / 7 Lady Margaret III 13:02.77 +2:02.89 34 23 / 29 Trinity Hall 13:04.43 +2:04.55 35 24 / 29 Hughes Hall/Lucy Cavendish 13:10.54 +2:10.66 36 25 / 29 Sidney Sussex 13:11.21 +2:11.33 37 9 / 18 Newnham II 13:13.01 +2:13.13 38 10 / 18 Pembroke II 13:21.65 +2:21.77 39 11 / 18 Homerton II 13:22.09 +2:22.21 40 12 / 18 Fitzwilliam II 13:25.06 +2:25.18 41 13 / 18 Lady Margaret II 13:30.08 +2:30.2 42 14 / 18 Sidney Sussex II 13:30.80 +2:30.92 43 1 / 4 Lady Margaret IV 13:37.38 +2:37.5 44 26 / 29 Wolfson 13:45.44 +2:45.56 45 15 / 18 Downing II 13:49.98 +2:50.1 46 27 / 29 King's 14:07.75 +3:07.87 47 28 / 29 Clare Hall 14:09.20 +3:09.32 48 16 / 18 Trinity Hall II 14:10.27 +3:10.39 <b>49 17 / 18 First and Third Trinity II 14:13.65 +3:13.77</b> 50 3 / 7 Queen's III 14:15.21 +3:15.33 51 29 / 29 Girton 14:21.73 +3:21.85 52 4 / 7 Jesus III 14:23.91 +3:24.03 53 5 / 7 Downing III 14:30.80 +3:30.92 54 6 / 7 Magdalene III 14:46.12 +3:46.24 55 Leys School 16:24.38 +5:24.5 56 St Mary's School II DNF 57 18 / 18 Anglia Ruskin II DNS 58 7 / 7 Newnham III DNS</pre></p><div align="right"><font size="-1"><a href="#top">^ top</a></font></div><hr>
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