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Cambridge 99 Rowing Club savour opening leg of Cambridgeshire Rowing Association Winter League

CRA Winter League - division one, River Cam. Picture: Keith Heppell. (6624666)
CRA Winter League - division one, River Cam. Picture: Keith Heppell. (6624666)

Cambridge 99 Rowing Club dominated the first leg of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association Winter League.

It was a stylish start to the new season as they topped 10 categories.

The men’s first eight of Matt Moore, Alex Shaw, William Young, Karel Kabelik, Nick Thorn, Andrew Marsden, Adam Wright, Sam Philpott and cox Jonathan Anderson clocked the fastest time since online records began in 2002.

They clocked 8min 50.1sec to beat competition from Cantabrigian and City of Cambridge crews.

Further success for the Nines’ men’s squad came in the smaller boats category, with the coxed Championship Thorn crew being the fastest four, despite having to overtake a boat around the outside of Ditton Corner, just a second clear of the Championship Wright boat.

There were multiple top-place finishes for Nines’ women’s crews.

The women’s eight novice Fairclough crew of Louise Fairclough, Anna Willis, Gemma Douglas, Catherine Quinn, Charlotte Marriott, Charlotte Nieveen van Dijkum, Caro Moussy, Isabelle Ascah-Coallier and cox Kenneth Sandman topped their category. Their time of 11.36.2 was also faster than several boats in both the Club A and B events, and will stand many of the crew in good stead for this weekend’s Quintin Head.

There were also wins in the W1x and W2x Club categories, and in the women’s coxless four club event.

The endurance and performance of the crews and club during incredibly cold conditions provided a great start to the season.

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