The Club's Results

Clare Novice Regatta, Mich Term 2016

1st men's novice VIII (1st division)

Crew list for 1 race:

Coxed by: Charlene Tang

Crew list for 4 races:

Coxed by: Charlene Tang

1st round
Beat Sidney Sussex NM1
Never underestimate the opposition. Even if they look as bad as this. They might have been bluffing, but on this occasion they weren't. (Neil T)
Quarter finals
Beat LMBC NM1
Matt was cross with me for awarding a B+.
(Neil T)
Semi finals
Beat Fitzwilliam NM1 (by a length)
I have little to add to the other reports apart from pure 'hype'.

However, I must note that, as a member of the previous year's NM1 who were cruelly defeated by Fitz on two occasions (CNR and Fairbairn's), watching this confident crushing of Fitzwilliam College's First Novice Men's VIII. This utter obliteration was the most satisfying wave of pleasure I have experienced for some time.
(Forbes)
Final
Beat Caius NM1 by 3/4 length
This was a sterling performance from NM1 in their natural habitat: the dedicated row. After a fairly decent start, they started to pull away from Caius, when an overhead crab from the 5-seat looked set to determine the end of this race. As the bank party had flashbacks to the previous face-off between these 2 crews, when stroke had caught a boat-turning crab, 5 and 4 lacked no speed in their determination to crush any crustacean disturbance and resume the rhythm. The failure of Caius to capitalise on this incident allowed for NM1 to push through, but a few strokes after the crab the result looked almost guaranteed. While Caius were clearly breaking, possibly because they sensed the phoenix NM1 surging through, our boys pushed hard, trusted their beautiful long strokes and took it by around 3/4 length. Magnificent. (J. Armstrong)
The plan was to test ourselves by giving Caius half a length or so advantage by way of a tactical crab. Unfortunately we found ourselves still level afterwards so immediately caught another for luck. Having switched to all eight we smoothly got back on terms and rowed through them. Never in doubt (honestly, it really wasn't). Well done boys: one race from history (and Life). (Neil T)

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