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.