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Bedford Amateur Regatta 2007

Saturday 12th May

Previous event: Wallingford Regatta - Following event: City Sprints

1st Men's VIII

Bow: David Hardeman, 2: Tom Nixon, 3: Philip Garsed, 4: Ben Evans, 5: Will Kerr‑Muir, 6: David O'Brien, 7: Chris Baker, Stroke: Joel Jennings, Cox: David Jones

College VIIIs: Lost to Eton by 1/2 length; (Plate) Beat St Peter's by 3 lengths; Semi-final: beat Magdalen (Ox) by 4 lengths; Final: lost to Magdalene (Cam) by 3/4 length

David O'Brien reports:


First Round (versus Eton College): A bad case of first-race-syndrome; our rowing certainly doesn't tend to be at its best in the first part of an outing/race/regatta. Additionally, there was a pretty strong wind getting up. We rated high off the start but it didn't feel comfortable, the rhythm call didn't have the desired effect and there was a hint of panic when we didn't catch Eton round the inside of the corner. I felt we certainly could have won this race had we rowed well, it was only a J16 Eton crew!

Plate Quarter Final (versus St Peter's College Oxford): A massive improvement on our first race. We started fast on the outside station (ie ahead) and never really let the oppo gain an inch. We hit our rhythm well and by the time we passed under the town bridge (approx 1/2 way(?)), the race was comfortably ours. The conditions (still strong, gusting wind) did not prove too much of a problem this time round. We could afford to let the rate creep down a bit at the end. This race was a good reminder of how we should be rowing and raised the morale substantially.

Plate Semi Final (versus Magdelen College Oxford second boat): We went in to this race with plenty of confidence. In my time, the Clare first VIII has never lost to an Oxbridge college second boat. We disappeared off the stake-boat with possibly the smoothest start I have ever experienced in a rowing race. For the first ~20 strokes we were flying. We chugged along efficiently for the rest of the race, taking the rate down in the latter half.

Plate Final (versus Magdelene College Cambridge): A slightly disappointing result but a fairly solid row. The guys in the 4+ were feeling the effects of their six previous races and did an awesome job of keeping the rate up and the power going down. The push in the final 200m was particularly encouraging, although perhaps should have come earlier. Magdelene will no doubt be very happy with the outcome given our bumps positions. Bearing in mind the circumstances on the day and the margin at the finish, we're not too bothered at this point.

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


Beating St Peter's

The men in total control of the race against St Peter's in the plate quarter-final (from RowTV)

1st Women's VIII

Bow: Steph Caird, 2: Fionnuala Ratcliffe, 3: Katie King, 4: Jo Robinson, 5: Natalia del Campo, 6: Holly Marsh, 7: Katie Armitage, Stroke: Em McFadden, Cox: David Jones/James Michael

College VIIIs: lost to Pembroke (Cam) by 3 lengths; Plate semi-final: beat Oundle School easily; Final: beat Selwyn by 2 lengths. S4 VIIIs: lost to Balliol College easily

Video of the 1st Women's VIII: click to watch the video.


Beating Oundle

Clare W1 (Video from RowTV: footage of CBC starts 2 mins 21 in)

2nd Men's VIII

Bow: Rob Buerki, 2: Thomas Boston, 3: Daniel Duder, 4: Phil Jones, 5: George Gentsch, 6: Ed Day, 7: Will Awde, Stroke: Matt Causier, Cox: James Michael

College VIIIs: rowed over then lost to Univ (Ox) easily. S4 VIIIs: lost to Hertford College by 3 lengths

Photos of the 2nd Men's VIII: click to view full size.

1st Men's Coxed IV

Bow: David Hardeman, 2: Ben Evans, 3: Chris Baker, Stroke: Joel Jennings, Cox: David Jones

Winners of S4 IVs! Beat St Catherine's (Ox) by 4 lengths, Eton by 2 1/2 lengths, Reading by 1 length in the semi-final and Norwich School by 2 1/2 lengths in the final

Videos of the 1st Men's Coxed IV: click to watch the video.


Beating Reading RC

The Coxed IV rows through Reading RC. (Video from RowTV: footage of CBC starts at 3 mins 39)


Beating Eton

The Coxed IV take down some schoolboys. (Video from RowTV: footage of CBC starts at 2mins 30)

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