Cambridge 99s Regatta

MELISSA WILSON: Selwyn and Caius triumph, but with many crews absent, the Cambridge 99s Regatta leaves a lot to be guessed at for Bumps.

With pretty bleak conditions but no rain, the Cambridge Ninety Nines regatta allowed for some gutsy side-by-side racing. With quite a few returning blues, it provided a final indication of colleges’ progress before bumps.

Though this was a shorter course, most colleges looking to bump will be aiming to do so less than a kilometer into the races. The side-by-side element this weekend also showed which crews can respond to the direct competition they’ll face in less than a month.

Selwyn M1 beating Lady Margaret Boat Club M1

The regatta experienced a fairly unenthusiastic turnout from many colleges, allowing relatively weaker crews a chance in many of the finals. With both Caius and Downing M1s absent, LMBC and Selwyn were able to push through to the men’s final, where Selwyn won by a persuasive length – incredibly promising as they stand a staggering 17 places below LMBC in the bumps positioning. They will also have gained even greater security from the regatta, having beaten Caius II in the semi-finals, who will be chasing them on the first day of bumps.

In the men’s second division Christ’s M2 triumphed over Sidney Sussex (M1) by canvas, which also bodes well for their chances of moving out of the sandwich-boat position in bumps.

On the women’s side competition was equally depleted, with reasonably predictable outcomes from the various races and little indication of what will happen around the top-end of the bumps tables. Emmanuel, who start fifth this Mays, rowed well but were beaten in the final by a tough Caius crew.

The latter repeated the success they’d seen at the Cam’s last side-by-side races, – Pembroke regatta – winning the final by a length. The rest of the division entrants are clustered together, one after another, in the line-up for bumps, ranking low. There may be a bit of re-shuffling, but the final this weekend was a relatively unsurprising one.

Caius W1 

Murray Edwards II won the women’s second division – a strong result considering six of the seven boats competing with them are ranked above them in bumps. Racing against them in the final was Queens II, who were beaten convincingly by two and a half lengths.

With the absence of a lot of the Cam’s top-ranking crews, the 99s regatta still leaves a lot to be guessed at in the run-up to bumps.

May Bumps will begin on Wednesday 13th and run till Saturday 16th June.

Photos courtesy of David Hardeman

  • Meh

    Big step down from previous rowing reports…

  • Men's third div

    Oh yeah, that happened too. And Maggie dominated.

  • Yeah but

    who cares about the 3rd division? What counts is the Men's first division, in which, coincidentally, Maggie were dominated. Unlucky.

  • actually

    "Emmanuel, who start fifth this Mays, rowed well but were beaten in the final by a tough Caius crew." – it was actually Emma II, which is surely more worrying for Caius that they didn't win by more than a length.

    • Unconvinced

      I resent Caius as much as the next person, but photos tell me this is bollocks.

    • Correction

      Wrong. It was Emma W1.

  • MacFarlane

    rowing is shit, but this isnt!

  • rowing reports

    why do Caians always right these?

    • typo??

      I'm not 100% sure what I wrote here but I think I wrote "right" instead of "write"

      so… I meant write.

    • Caian

      It's difficult to convince people to take on additional work in exam term, and the editor rows for Caius, so he's getting friends to do him favours.

      • Up.For.It.

        What a lad.

  • Peterhouse?

    So, no mention of Peterhouse, despite the fact that they won best club performance, AND their W2 beat King's II by only six inches, the closest race of the day?

  • Yawn

    You != Funny

    Ditto for the massively overdone TPJ shite.

  • Woo

    Go Melissa.

  • Bumps

    Christ's M2 aren't sandwich boat. Could you perhaps find someone to write the next one who understands how bumps works?

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