The last few weeks have been a whirl wind of success and development for Cambridge ‘99s Rowing Club, in particular for the men’s first boat. At the end of June the men's first boat went to Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake and came away as the 3rd fastest boat in their event - tier 2 eights - with Eton College and Royal Shrewsbury School taking 1st and 2nd place overall. The men completed the 2000 meter course in 5:53 seconds. The following week the men's crew went to Henley Royal Regatta Qualifiers to compete against 26 other crews for 1 of the 10 positions in the Thames Challenge Cup. The crew successfully qualified showing how seasons of hard work and training together have created a strong unit. Last weekend saw Nines being drawn against Agecroft Rowing Club in competing for the Thames Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, one of . The crew consisting of Adam Wright, Karel Kabelik, Friso Van Gent, Alex Shaw, William Young, Matthew Moore, Robert Sargent, Nicholas Thorn, coxed by Sammi Tarling and coached by Mark Hanman put on an impressive performance during the race. They stayed in contact with the other crew for the majority of the 2112 meter long course, coming in 5 seconds behind Agecroft. The results of these races over the last 3 weeks, have shown how Nines has been developing and growing as club to become competitive on the national and international stage of rowing.
This Sunday saw beautiful weather and the town and gown rowing clubs of Cambridge taking to the river to compete in the Champion of the Thames Eights Head Race. Nines entered two crews W1 and Mixed 8+, W1 who won their category in true Nines style finished the 1450m course in 5 minutes 33 seconds. The women’s top boat consisting of Abbey Child, Agnes Bolinska, Chrysa Litina, Laura Dallaway, Klaske van Marrum, Josie Harries, Linda Kitching, Camilla Fairbairn, coxed by Nadia Tsao and Coached by Mike Taylor and Stan, finished their race over 30 seconds ahead of City’s Women Oceans 8 crew. The Mixed 8+ crew consisting of Katie O’Brien, Simon Fitch, David Rigler, Michael Kennedy, Andy Cockayne, Paolo Santarone, Cristiano Lamarque, David Durrant and coxed by Sarah Matthews completed the course in 6 minutes and 14 seconds. The race was a great opportunity for the Nines rowers to dust off the regatta cobwebs, as they look to compete over the next two weeks at Nottingham Regatta, Peterborough Regatta and the Metropolitan Regatta.
Check out the Women's race on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQkGDp4Vcm0
This weekend saw the best rowing crews in Cambridge compete for the coveted Head of the Cam trophy. Cambridge ’99 Rowing Club M1 8+ won the trophy last year for being the fasted boat on the river. As they pushed off the hard outside the boathouse on Saturday they had the look of determination in holding on to their title as Head of the Cam. Despite strong competition from Clare and Downing Colleges M1 8+ boats, the ’99 rowers M1 8+ managed to retain their standing as Head of the Cam, by completing the upstream 2.6 km course in 9 minutes flat. The boat consisted of Sammi Tarling coxing, Karel Kabelik, Rob Sargent, Alex Shaw, Will Young, Rhidian Maltby, Friso van Gent, Nick Thorn, Matt Moore, and coached by Mark Hanman. Other victories on the day included Richard Reumerman and Francisco Duarte in a 2- completing the course in 10:41 minutes. They also rowed in and won the 4+ category with Richard Meadows, Iolo Squires and Jonathan Anderson coxing - completing the course in 10:41 minutes. The women’s 2x consisting of Sara Bastiani and Valentina Futoryanova completed the course in an excellent 12:01 minutes, beating the Loughborough 2x in the class above by over 30 seconds. Overall, the results from the days racing provide an outstanding start to the summer rowing season and, we look forward to taking this momentum in to our next race at Wallingford Regatta. The next time both town and gown rowers will be able to compete on the Cam will be during the annual Nines Spring Regatta on 27th May 2018.
The CRA Winter League races over the winter season measure each crews and clubs improvement with races taking place in January, February and March. Out of the three races rowers experienced some of the coldest temperatures for 2018 battling snow and strong wind in December and March. Despite the challenging conditions Cambridge ’99 managed to dominate the river Cam with the Men’s first 8+ boat consistently maintaining the lead across all three months to come away with a combined fastest time of 27:53.2 minutes, beating competition from Cantabrigian and City rowing clubs. This makes them the fastest boat on the river Cam! The crew consisted of Karel Kabelik, Rob Sargent, Alex Shaw, Will Young, Rhidian Maltby, Friso van Gent, Nick Thorn, Nick Richardson, coxed by Sammi Tarling and coached by Mark Hanman. Over all, Cambridge ’99 came away from the final leg of the Winter League races with 7 crews winning their category including, Nick Thorn in the Club A Single Sculls, Ben Champion in the Men’s Novice Single Sculls and Karel Kabelik and Will Young in the Men's Championship Pair. The Women’s squad performed well coming in second place for the Women’s 4+ Club A category missing out on a win by 5 seconds. The crew consisted of Josie Harries, Sara Bastiani, Agnus Bolinska, Valentina Futoryanova, coxed by Sebb Hathaway and coached by Mike Taylor. The endurance and performance of the crews and club during the Winter League races, through incredibly cold conditions provided a great end to the winter season. The club looks forward to continuing its successes into the Regatta season.
Cambridge 99 Rowing Club performance on Tideway last weekend was mentioned in the Cambridge Independent online.
Cambridge ‘99 Rowing Club Dominate Peterborough – Again!
Cambridge ‘99 Rowing Club continued to dominate the Peterborough rowing scene this weekend. After a successful end to the Peterborough Regatta season in 2017, this weekend saw Cambridge ‘99 continue their winning streak at Peterborough for the Head of the Nene race with two crews taking home pots. The Women’s coxed 4+ consisting of Abbey Child, Chrysa Litina, Guinevere Woolstenhulme, and Agnes Bolinska (Coxed by Sebastian Hathaway) were the fasted crew for their category, completing the 2.6 km course in 13 minutes and 4 seconds. Followed closely by the Women’s Second boat in 3rd place just 9 seconds behind the first. The Men’s 8 came away with Head of the Nene completing the 5km course in 15 minutes and 52 seconds, over a minute faster than the nearest boat. The crew coxed by Sammi Tarling, consisting of Karel Kabelik, Rob Sargent, Alex Shaw, William Young, Rhidian Maltby, Friso van Gent, Nick Thorn and Nick Richardson, all were pleased with the result. Both squads are looking forward to continuing their successes as they prepare for the Norwich Head of the River and ultimately for the Head of the River Race in London.
The conclusion of months of intense training came to head for Cambridge ’99 Rowing Club this weekend as both squads ventured down to the Tideway to compete in the Women’s Head of the River Race and Head of the River Race. On Saturday the Women’s squad produced a strong performance with the first boat containing Abbey Child, Chrysa Litina, Sara Bastiani, Josie Harries, Agnes Bolinska, Klaske van Marrum, Guinevere Woolstenhulme, Linda Kitching and coxed by Sebastian Hathaway, completing the 6.8km course in 22:04.9 minutes. The women’s second boat completed the course in 22:58.2 minutes placing them 116th and 185th out of 300 other crews. On the Sunday the men’s squad had their turn to produce a brilliant show with three eights crews entered. The men’s first boat completed the same course from Mortlake to Putney Bridge in 19:31.6 minutes, placing them 77th out of over 300 competitors. The crew consisted of Karel Kabelik, Rob Sargent, Alex Shaw, Will Young, Rhidian Maltby, Friso van Gent, Nick Thorn, Nick Richardson and coxed by Sammi Tarling. The men’s second and third boats completed the course with strong times of 20:28.5 seconds and 21:12.6 seconds respectively. The performance produced by the crews on the respective days left Mike Taylor (Head Women’s Coach), Keith 'Stan' Weller (Women's Coach), and Mark Hanman (Head Men’s Coach) very pleased. After viewing the results Mike Taylor said he was a "Happy Coach!" The crews and club captain were also very pleased with their results in a competition which sees rowers from across the country and seas battle it out for the best time on one of the most famous river courses in the world. Club Captain for Cambridge ‘99s, Josie Harries said "It is fantastic to see the hard work that the squads have put into winter training paying off in these races and I am proud of our achievements as a club. I am really looking forward to seeing continuing success for Nines over the summer regatta season."
This weekend Cambridge ‘99s Rowing Club Women’s and Men’s squad took home trophy’s and pots from the Norwich Head of the River Race. The Women’s first boat consisting of Abbey Child, Chrysa Litina, Sara Bastiani, Josie Harries, Agnes Bolinska, Klaske van Marrum, Guinevere Woolstenhulme, Linda Kitching and coxed by Sebastian Hathaway completed the 5000m course in 19 minutes and 21 seconds, taking home pots and the trophy for fastest women’s crew of the race. The Women’s second boat coming in second place completed the course in 20 minutes and 26 seconds with the nearest crew finishing over 2 minutes behind them. The Men’s first boat also took home trophy's and pots for completing the course in 17 minutes and 50 seconds, the fastest time of the day. The crew consisted of Karel Kabelik, Rob Sargent, Alex Shaw, Will Young, Rhidian Maltby, Friso van Gent, Nick Thorn, Nick Richardson and coxed by Sammi Tarling. Despite producing a winning time during division 1 they went and raced the 5000 meter course again in division 2, for time only, taking 54 seconds off their winning time. The Men’s second and third boats also laid down strong racing times of 19 minutes 04 seconds and 18 minutes 40 seconds respectively. The strong performance Cambridge ‘99s has produced over the last few months will be taken forward in two weeks’ time, as the club sends 5 crews to Tideway to compete with crews from around the world for London’s Head of the River Race.