The Club's Results

Cambridge 99's Regatta, May Term 2011

A side by side knock out regatta along the reach over 1000m
Sun 29th May

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1st men's VIII, 1st division

Quarter finals
Lost by 2 inches to Queens'
A bit complacent, and we paid the price, no crew should ever lose by two inches, a lesson well learnt. That having been said, it was a good race. We went down pretty quickly off the start, ended up about 1/2 a length down. The gained back to about 1 foot up at the railway bridge, but their final sprint was better. (Swords)
Plate semi finals
Won by 1 1/4 Lengths from Churchill
Churchill's race plan seemed to be "sprint bloody hard, and see what happens", and to be fair to them, they executed that very effectively. They were 1/2 a length up at the railway bridge, but a combination of our advantage on that corner, and them blowing saw us home to a clear water win. (Swords)
Plate final
Won by 1/3 Length from Magdalene
Similar to the Churchill race, but Magdalene didn't blow as hard, and hence we had a smaller margin. (Swords)
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2nd men's VIII, 1st division

Quarter finals
Beat Emmanuel (Scratched)
We scared them off. Or they got bored of waiting for the truly dreadful organisation of 99s to kick in. Either way we got a bye. (Thomas)
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3rd men's VIII, 3rd division

Quarter finals
Lost to Corpus Christi M1
Corpus had beaten us by 40 seconds in the race last week, winning the M3 division, so this was only going to go one way.

We rowed well and had a nice start but we were really no match for them - they pulled away to a little over a length over a couple of minutes and sat there.

The guys have made a massive improvement over the last week and hopefully gave Corpus a bit of a scare in the process. (Alasdair)
Plate final
Beat LMBC M3
This was the most exciting race I have ever been in, as rower or cox. For context, LMBC M3 are ahead of us in bumps, and beat us by 25 seconds last week.

Due to dubious marshalling we started off unready and a little behind, but we had a great start and gradually moved out to a couple of seats ahead.

Around the bend in the reach things got interesting - between the wind, the other cox and my perhaps overzealous dedication to the racing line the boats drifted together. We committed to the blade clash and crashed along together for 100 metres or so before breaking free. The guys handled it exceptionally, especially Josh who's feet apparently ended up above his head but managed to get himself strapped back before I'd even noticed.

LMBC were also well prepared and took a couple of seats back during the clash, but found themselves on the outside of the final corner and on the business end of our do or die push. I'm still not entirely sure how we did it, but we rowed through them in 20 or so strokes and pushed away to a length plus of clear water.

Phenomenal work guys, let's do it again in two weeks. (Alasdair)
This is amazing! Well done M3, I'm so proud! (Julia A.)
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