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Cambridge Winter Head 2008

Saturday 15th November

Previous event: Queens' Ergs - Following event: Emma Sprints

1st Men's VIII

Bow: Owen Churches, 2: Matt Causier, 3: David Hardeman, 4: Ben Evans, 5: Philip Garsed, 6: Chris Baker, 7: Chris Thompson‑Walsh, Stroke: David O'Brien, Cox: Mary Flook

1st run: 4th/29 Student Senior 8+ in 9 mins 6 secs, 9th overall; 2nd run: 8th=/29 Student Senior 8+ in 9 mins 9 secs, 14th= overall

Photos of the 1st Men's VIII: click to view full size. (see all five photos of this crew)


1st Women's VIII

Bow: Abby West, 2: Charlotte Pope, 3: Emma Warren, 4: Mareike Thompson, 5: Jess Palmer, 6: Alice McNamara, 7: Natalia del Campo, Stroke: LJ Michie, Cox: David Jones

1st run: 10th/20 W Student Novice 8+ in 11 mins 32 secs, 169th= overall; 2nd run: 11th=/20 W Student Novice 8+ in 11 mins 43 secs, 180th= overall

Jess Palmer reports:

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It's safe to say W1 didn't have the best day of racing, but it gave us alot to work on. The first race just didn't happen for us, we simply didn't attack it properly and the over the 6 minutes or so we were working hard in all the wrong ways. A City crew caught us down the reach and suddenly the adrenaline kicked in for us to push hard enough to hold them off for till the line- a positive sign that we did start to push but they shouldn't have had the chance to catch us up in the first place.

After a short and quite frustrated chat atbh we resolved to go out and hit the next race properly. We didn't end up following W2 down in the end and on the row up Emma started to be in severe pain from her hip- things were not exactly going to plan! Emma decided she felt ok to race and we did go out and hit properly and pushed much harder and were more together in the second race, in relative isolation after some confusing marshalling instructions. Emma was in audible pain the whole way down the course but, and so much kudos for this, didn't give in to the pain and pushed with all of us. The second race felt much better and I think could have been faster despite slightly worse conditions if we had all been fighting fit.

A frustrating and disappointing day where we didn't get to show our true potential.

Uploaded Monday 17th November, 16:07

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Photos of the 1st Women's VIII: click to view full size.


2nd Men's VIII

Bow: Matt Howard, 2: Ben Pennington, 3: Jan‑Henning Dirks, 4: Thomas Boston, 5: Rob Jones, 6: Vas Vorontsov, 7: Parker Cook, Stroke: Richard Barnwell, Cox: Phil Bateman

11th/24 Student Novice 8+ in 9 mins 56 secs, 65th= overall


2nd Women's VIII

Bow: Prash Ratnakumar, 2: Carolin Purmann, 3: Becky Minnich, 4: Franziska Lautenschlaeger, 5: Melanie Stefan, 6: Caroline Ashcroft, 7: Clare Sutherland, Stroke: Erin Earl, Cox: Esther Momcilovic

14th/20 W Student Novice 8+ in 12 mins 15 secs, 208th overall

Clare Sutherland reports:

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Alice's cunning plan for W1 to chase W2 and motivate both crews didn't quite work out as a crowded hard and zealous marshall left us a bit late for the division, however Esther calmly took us back to the boat house and when we marshalled for the second time coped with the many confusing instructions thrown our way.

A solid first race for the crew - we kept the work on and a high rate throughout. There was a fair ammount of wind in the Reach but we held off the next womens and mens crews behind us to the finish. Rowing home afterwards we did some really nice paddling and pause strokes.

Uploaded Sunday 16th November, 17:45

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1st Novice Men's VIII

Bow: Scott Whittaker, 2: William Marsey, 3: Joseph Clair, 4: Alastair Brooks, 5: Michael Sulley, 6: Michael von Landenberg‑Roberg, 7: David Jessop, Stroke: Jonny Lee, Cox: Charlie Clarke

17th/24 Student Beginner 8+ in 12 mins 9 secs, 200th= overall


1st Novice Women's VIII

Bow: Deidre Moore, 2: Beth Crayston, 3: Amy Buchanan‑Hughes, 4: Georgina Messenger, 5: Amy Carter, 6: Abby West, 7: Emma Garnett, Stroke: Georgina Plunkett, Cox: David Ponting

6th/15 W Student Beginner 8+ in 13 mins 24 secs, 231st overall


2nd Novice Men's VIII

Bow: Dan Bergsagel, 2: Stuart Labran, 3: James Wakeley, 4: Dan Weatherill, 5: Tom Leger, 6: Jack Jackson, 7: Mike Hook, Stroke: Will Taylor, Cox: Matt Howard

2nd/24 Student Beginner 8+ in 10 mins 17 secs, 91st= overall


2nd Novice Women's VIII

Bow: Christina Pettit, 2: Elizabeth Nixon, 3: Harriet David, 4: Ruth Hogg, 5: Rebekah Pitts, 6: Yuelin Li, 7: Sarah Wikeley, Stroke: Nell Holden, Cox: Venetia Bridges

13th/15 W Student Beginner 8+ in 15 mins 54 secs, 243rd overall


3rd Novice Men's VIII

Bow: Tanmay Suri, 2: Peter Hill, 3: Kaiwen Zeng, 4: Doug McKechnie, 5: James Latter, 6: Dirk Simon, 7: Chris Curry, Stroke: Alan Russell, Cox: Sam Atkinson

23rd/24 Student Beginner 8+ in 13 mins 4 secs, 226th overall


Matt Causier (Men's Single Scull A)

9th/9 1x in 5 mins 30 secs

Matthew Causier reports:

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The plan was to go off hard for a minute, be technical for 2 minutes then push for the line. The plan worked perfectly up to about half way up the course, then a slight error in my navigation quickly became apparent underneath the railway bridge. After the ducking and climb back into the scull that followed the rowing never really came together again before the finish.

Uploaded Monday 17th November, 21:19

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