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Cambridge Winter Head 2009

Saturday 21st November

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

1st Men's VIII

Bow: Tom Leger, 2: Peter Hill, 3: Mike Hook, 4: Dan Weatherill, 5: Matt Howard, 6: Dirk Simon, 7: Chris Thompson‑Walsh, Stroke: Will Taylor, Cox: Charlie Clarke

15th=/32 M Stu Sen in 9:15, 11th fastest college VIII

Daniel Philip Weatherill reports:


This was an interesting race - first time the boat has done ANY sustained high rate work,

Like every race I've ever been in with a Clare crew, it had some scrappy bits, slightly made up for by quite a lot of power.

On the plus side, we were able to recover technique after it was lost at several points: the pushes all felt responsive, and the reset out of ditton corner made me feel like a Phil Collins song (this is a good thing.)

The push at the end was like a gorilla trying to undo the top of a child-proof medicine bottle: effective but hardly elegant.

We need to find a way of applying our full power with better technique boys! The power is definitely not bad, but it's ahead of where our rowing ability is at present.

Uploaded Sunday 22nd November, 6:52


1st Women's VIII

Bow: Charlotte Pope, 2: Georgina Messenger, 3: Jess Palmer, 4: Alice McNamara, 5: Bridget Senior, 6: Nicola Pocock, 7: Sabrina Stewart (Caius), Stroke: Georgina Plunkett, Cox: Esther Momcilovic

4th/20 W Stu Sen in 10:19, 4th fastest college womens VIII

Nicola Pocock reports:


Well, 4th college W1 is definately not too shabby!

Today was a nice race, with an awesome rhythm. I really cannot emphasise enough how good it felt! We perhaps could have rated a bit higher off the start, but ultimately we had a very clean row and the power never died once. Now we know we can row like that we just have to push it that bit harder next time and go for those extra few pips.

Within 10s of the fastest crew and only 1s off Emma, ahead of us. And that's having lost those few seconds having to overtake a crew coming out of grassy. I'm pretty pleased! :-)

Uploaded Saturday 21st November, 22:38


2nd Men's VIII

Bow: Mike Hook, 2: Jared Eddy, 3: Jack Jackson, 4: Adam Durant, 5: David Hardeman, 6: James Latter, 7: Matt Howard, Stroke: Dirk Simon, Cox: Charlie Clarke

29th/32 M Stu Sen in 10:14, 6th fastest college 2nd VIII

2nd Women's VIII

Bow: Christina Pettit, 2: Ruth Hogg, 3: Josana Rodriguez, 4: Catriona Reid, 5: Alix Martin, 6: Franziska Lautenschlaeger, 7: Melanie Stefan, Stroke: Erin Earl, Cox: Paulina Kolasinska‑Zwierz

10th/14 W Stu Nov in 11:37, 2nd fastest college womens 2nd VIII

Photos of the 2nd Women's VIII: click to view full size. (see all 20 photos of this crew)

1st Novice Men's VIII

Bow: Dan Turner, 2: Chris Cavanagh, 3: Rob Norton, 4: James Frake, 5: David Porter, 6: Tim Campion‑Smith, 7: Jonny Sole, Stroke: James Marshall, Cox: Rebecca Chamberlin

9th/21 M Stu Beg in 11:12, 7th fastest college novice VIII

Matthew Howard reports:


For the first water race for these Clare Men, it was definitely a performance to be proud of! Bringing what they've learned so far together to deliver a calm, yet chunky row over the head course. A very respectable result and one which bodes well for Fairbairns!

Uploaded Tuesday 24th November, 20:57


Videos of the 1st Novice Men's VIII: click to watch the video.


Winter Head Pt2

Winter Head (Pt 2)


Winter Head

Novice Winter Head (Pt 1)

1st Novice Women's VIII

Bow: Amy Gimson, 2: Rachel Boyd, 3: Catherine Pulman, 4: Isobel Scott‑Barnett, 5: Clare Thakker, 6: Esther Nicoll, 7: Denys Zhuo, Stroke: Hemma Brandstaetter, Cox: Jessica Williams

12/13 Novice Women's Boats in 14 minutes 29 seconds

Chris Thompson‑Walsh (Men's Single Scull A)

6th/14 1x in 4 mins 10 secs

Matt Howard (Men's Single Scull B)

12th/14 1x in 4 mins 24 secs

Mike Hook (Men's Single Scull C)

14th/14 1x in 5 mins 10 secs