Healthy competition on the Cam at Cambridge ‘99 Rowing Clubs Annual Spring Regatta

PUBLISHED: 00:31 02 June 2018 | UPDATED: 00:31 02 June 2018

Cambridge '99 Spring Regatta on the River Cam. Picture: Mike Harris

Cambridge '99 Spring Regatta on the River Cam. Picture: Mike Harris

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More than 40 eights compete over 1,000-metre course

Cambridge '99 Spring Regatta on the River Cam. Picture: Mike HarrisCambridge '99 Spring Regatta on the River Cam. Picture: Mike Harris

Town and Gown rowers took to the River Cam for the Cambridge ‘99 Rowing Clubs Annual Spring Regatta.

More than 40 eights competed against each other on the 1,000-metre course, racing twice or more to claim victory for their category or the plate on Sunday May 27

Gemma Douglas, from the Nines, said: “The day saw competitive rowing at all levels, with good fun had by all.

“The aim was to ensure all crews had a fun race while offering colleges a final opportunity to compete against each other before the May Bumps starting in two weeks’ time.”

In the college women’s category, Sydney Sussex College W1 won the final with Darwin College winning the plate.

In the CRA men’s final, the Cambridge ‘99 and Anglia Ruskin University Composite boat emerged victorious, with City of Cambridge winning the Plate.

The college men’s 2 category saw St Edmunds College win the final and Sydney Sussex College M1 claim the plate, while the Caius College Sirens won the final for the novice women’s category with the Champion of the Thames taking home the plate.

The college men’s 1 category was won by Emmanuel College in a closely-fought race against Jesus College.

The women’s upper category consisted of a mix of college and town crews and was won by Newnham College, who retain the title of ‘Head of the River’, with the plate been awarded to Cambridge ‘99.

The college men’s 3 category saw Magdalene College victorious, with the plate awarded to Emmanuel College.

The college men’s 4-5 category was won by Pembroke College and the plate was awarded to Emmanuel College M3.

Gemma said: “While some of the Nines Rowing Club were at home helping to run the Regatta, other crews were away racing. Our Junior Squad is competing at the National Schools Regatta and the men’s and women’s squad, top boats, were competing at Nottingham Regatta and Nottingham Masters Regatta.

“Both squads had a very successful weekend racing the 2,000-metre course and winning the majority of races entered.”

Gemma added: “We are looking forward to hosting our next regatta on the Cam – the Nines’ Annual Autumn Regatta, which is the only British Rowing competition on the Cam.”

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