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Clare Novices' Regatta 2008

Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th November

Previous event: Emma Sprints - Following event: Fairbairns

For the draw and results for all colleges visit the regatta pages.

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

Bye in 1st and 2nd rounds, 3rd round: beat Hughes Hall by 1 length, Quarter-final: lost to Christ's A by 2 lengths

Richard Barnwell reports:


Awesome stuff today guys!

The first race against Hughes Hall was one of the best I can remember. We took 3/4 of a length out of them at the start, then a mini crab let them pull back to half a length. All the way along the reach, Hughes closed on us, to about a canvas by the railway bridge. As the bend turned in our favour, we pulled out a couple of seats again, only for them to start coming back at us. However, they crabbed with 100m to go, and we rowed over a length in front. Awesome!

The quarter final was against Christs A. I knew it was going to be tough, but we stuck to the gameplan, and actually were in the lead off the start. However, they pushed back, and at about 200m we were pretty much neck and neck, and it was pretty much side by side until half way. However, they began to push on, and had opened up a length by the railway bridge, which they pushed out to two lengths by the finish. This was an even better row from you than the previous, and was more than I could have expected - rate 35 for the whole course is no mean feat! You've done me proud!

I really hope you've enjoyed this term - one more race to go next week, where we should be looking for a solid top 10 position, and revenge on Christs! If you've enjoyed this term, then you'll love bumps! I really hope you all keep rowing, you've all got the potential to push Clare up the bumps charts!

Uploaded Saturday 29th November, 18:06


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

1st Novice Women's VIII

Bow: Deidre Moore, 2: Yuelin Li, 3: Elizabeth Nixon, 4: Ruth Hogg, 5: Amy Carter, 6: Christina Pettit, 7: Sarah Wikeley, Stroke: Georgina Plunkett, Cox: Venetia Bridges

1st round: beat Robinson A by 2 lengths, 2nd round: beat Pembroke A easily, Quarter-final: beat Queens' A by 3/4 length, Semi-final: lost to Christ's A

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

2nd Novice Men's VIII


3rd Novice Men's VIII

Bow: Dan Bergsagel, 2: James Latter, 3: James Wakeley/Kaiwen Zeng, 4: Dan Weatherill/Will Taylor, 5: Tom Leger, 6: Jack Jackson, 7: Mike Hook, Stroke: Alan Russell, Cox: Matt Howard

1st round: bye, 2nd round: beat Selwyn D, 3rd round: beat FaT C, Quarter-final: beat Wolfson C, Semi-final: beat LMBC C, Final: beaten by Jesus B

David O'Brien reports:


Outstanding performance. You built on the success of Emma Sprints and raised the bar today. Getting back in Pete Frost really illustrated how much you guys have improved over the course of the term. Some of those bits of paddling were the neatest I saw, and I marshalled for the cup events this morning. In the semi we executed a near-perfect race against an equally strong crew. Dropping LMBC off the start was sweet. You took control and never let them gain an inch. In the final, nerves showed a little, you took a while to settle down. Once you got back in the groove, the sheer commitment and effort was awesome. At the end of the day, we lost to a stronger crew, and there's not much we could have done to prevent it. All in all, an exemplary performance and a rare appearance in a CNR final for a Clare crew. You made me proud, you've hopefully made yourselves proud, have fun tonight, stick it to Jesus in Fairbairns and keep rowing next term!!! Yellow fire!

Uploaded Saturday 29th November, 17:02


Photos of the 3rd Novice Men's VIII: click to view full size. (see all 11 photos of this crew)

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