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Results : 2000

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Race reports from events during 2000 are shown below, most recent event first.

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National Rowing League

After Bedford Eights and Fours Head on 13 February 2000, BHBC are tenth in the Men's East and Midlands region standings ahead of all the Cambridge college boat clubs except LMBC and 1st & 3rd, and currently just ahead of University of Warwick, ready to take on Leicester University BC.

Full details including an explanation of how the ranking points are calculated are on the NRL website. The website requires a frames capable browser so here's a direct link to the Men's East and Midlands standings.

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Informal Club AGM : 1 December 2000

Members can view the minutes of the AGM.

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Fairbairn Cup Races : 1 December 2000

(See results from 1999)

4300 metre downstream course on River Cam

A personal report on the day's events from our newly elected Captain:

A day off work and the prospect of Friday evening celebrations once again meant Old Boars were taking to the water. A weekend of outings and 15' ergo tests proved useful. Now with a settled crew and the prospect of Cam waters receeding faster than Shailen's hairline, a good BHBC result looked possible. The silky skills employed in Boston were once again to be utilised; but no. Injury worries strike, and it would seem that despite the determination of the oarsmen, those creaking joints are providing constant limitations. Paul Davidoff withdrew after an injured lower back persisted. How could we possibly replace the man with bigger legs than Jo Brand's waist-line? Depth of squad allowed the drafting of Olly Burstall to take his place. Nothing more could go wrong? The Webb household hosted some finely prepared pasta creations on the evening prior to racing.

The morning of the race arrives and the one for all and all for one spirit is diminishing; we are only seven, not eight. Snow White is sleeping, not to be woken, while the seven dwarfs wonder what to do. Early morning race preparation would appear to have gone "cheesecake". Then a phone call and it appears that Shailen has awoken, albeit still in London. Another member is required to row the race.

The talents of our boatman and BHBC chairman, Paul Knights, are brought into play. However, the introduction is problematic; Coops losing some dignity by switching to the dark (bow) side.

Then the racing began. Some strong points were noted, although they were few and far between. Effort was evident everywhere with good ratings of at least 32 and much power. However, any length and rhythm failed to materialise. With six natural stroke-side oarsmen and a last minute crew with no pre-race preparation, it was difficult to meet any prior expectations. However, excuses are for losers and not for BHBC. Learning from the result and mistakes made, some good can be gained.

As for the post race partying this is where my report ends, alongside my recollection.

Men's Senior VIIIs : 14th overall (2nd fastest invitation crew)

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: George Harpur
  • 7: Calum Grant
  • 6: Jim Kirton
  • 5: John Webb
  • 4: Paul Knights
  • 3: Simon Cooper
  • 2: Matt Jaggard
  • B: Olly Burstall
 

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Jesus College Boat Club have event history, information and a course map on their pages. The full Senior results also available.

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Head of the Charles (Boston, U.S.A.) : 21 October 2000

3.5 mile upstream course on River Charles

The Club's first international event exceeded the expectations of all of those that took part – in almost every respect. Not only were the crew treated to some of the best weather that Boston has ever offered at this time of year, the crew were very privileged to be boating from the Harvard University men's boathouse (Newell), a centre of rowing excellence in the USA, steeped in great tradition and history, and a building of great character and immense proportions. Our appreciation to James Baker (Harvard Varsity Lightweight Captain 1990, and oarsman of blade-winning 1994 and 1995 Queens' College May VIIIs) for organising this, and for the kindness and hospitality showed to us by Charley Butt (Harvard Lightweight Coach) and the Harvard boatman Joe.

The rowing also proved to be some of the best the Club has produced, with the crew hitting off a solid platform right from the first stroke together, that ultimately allowed them to race over the course at a sustainable rate 32. Finishing strongly at rate 34, and a clean race with no blade clashes and some fine cornering in the closing stages allowed BHBC to clock a time of 16:59 (within 10% of the winning Club VIII time), ahead of 24 US crews (including one alumni Harvard crew which James was pleased to point out!) and one other British crew, the Hild Bede Boat Club of Durham University.

The remainder of the weekend proved immensely enjoyable. The crew enjoyed a few too many drinks in Harvard Square, and spent the rest of the time collecting rowing memorabilia and sightseeing. The Club also made its first major contribution to Queens' since its inception 2 years ago in the cost-effective purchase and delivery of a set of 10 smoothie oars as a gift to Queens' College Boat Club.

The Boars are grateful to Charley Butt, Joe the boatman, Paul Knights, Katy Bonin, Maura Conron and the rest of the HOCR team for all their assistance and in making the weekend so enjoyable and simple to organise. BHBC is very keen to return next year in the hope of achieving an improved result and entering an additional crew in the Club 4 Men event.

Club 8 Men : 43rd from 68

  • C: Sally-Ann Scott
  • S: George Harpur
  • 7: James Baker
  • 6: Jim Kirton
  • 5: John Webb
  • 4: Simon Cooper
  • 3: Howard Stone
  • 2: Matt Jaggard
  • B: Shailen Majithia
 

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The Head of the Charles Regatta website has a full results index online. Follow the link to Club 8 Men and look for BHBC!

There is one additional photo from JET Photographic(1) – and several more from SportGraphics(1) (2) (3) – their HOCR 2000 photos are also indexed at RowersWorld.com.

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Bedford Small Boats Head and Autumn Fours : 15 October 2000

(See results from 1999)

2000 metre downstream course on River Great Ouse

Due to a miscalculation about one enormous hire van, only one of the intended crews raced at this year's event. The Senior 2 coxed four were able to borrow an old Queens' shell, the C J Dalley, from the newly formed Hornets BC. Competing in this combination for the first time, they had a patchy race with good pushes away from the Town Bridge just after half-way down the 2000m course and a solid burst at the suspension bridge to finish strongly.

However, there's still some work to do to ensure that the veteran Hornets stroked by BHBC Chairman and Queens' boatman, Paul Knights, don't finish ahead of the Boars again!

S2.4+ : 6th equal from 9

  • C: Sally-Ann Scott
  • S: Jim Kirton
  • 3: John Webb
  • 2: Simon Cooper
  • B: Howard Stone

Bedford RC has full results by event and also sorted overall on their site.

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Head of the River Race : 18 March 2000

4.25 mile course on the Thames Tideway between Mortlake and Putney

A somewhat splashy but extremely determined row saw BHBC overtake several crews over the first half of the course. The last 1000m, during which Sally forced the crew to dig deep and overhaul one last crew, was a fitting end to the 1999/2000 head season.

S3.8+ : 18th from 41 (222nd overall)

  • C: Sally-Ann Scott
  • S: George Harpur
  • 7: Howard Stone
  • 6: Jim Kirton
  • 5: John Webb
  • 4: Simon Cooper
  • 3: Pete Hibbs
  • 2: Olie Morris
  • B: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
 

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The Head of the River Race website redirects to Kingston University for the overall finish order.

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Kingston Head : 11 March 2000

Downstream course on River Thames from near Hampton Court Bridge to Kingston Bridge
Organised by Kingston River Events Committee

Despite some last minute arrangements, the weekend went very smoothly, the weather was good and the rowing wasn't bad either.

The crew showed much better aggression throughout the race than at Reading, fighting hard to hold off the Bedford School crew who had beaten BHBC by almost a minute a fortnight ago and were started immediately behind BHBC this time. All of the Boar's Head pushes, in response to some good Bumps coxing calls, won water back from Bedford School and it wasn't until the final straight that BHBC lost touch.

The results were much better than at Reading. For comparison, Bedford School beat BHBC by only a little more than 30 seconds, a relative improvement of about 15 seconds, Curlew 'A' in Senior 2 also beat us by a notably smaller margin and this time round Magdalen College, Oxford were behind us in the finish order. The Senior 3 result, fourth from thirteen, 7 seconds short of second place, is very encouraging.

Technically the row was not one of the best but a long outing between Putney Bridge and Chiswick the next day showed significant improvement on this front, and the crew are now looking forward to the Head of the River Race next weekend.

S3.8+ : 4th from 13

  • C: Sally-Ann Scott
  • S: George Harpur
  • 7: Phil Lloyd
  • 6: Jim Kirton
  • 5: John Webb
  • 4: Simon Cooper
  • 3: Howard Stone
  • 2: Olie Morris
  • B: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley

The Kingston Rowing Club website finally has the overall finish order and also class winners on-line.

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Reading University Head : 26 February 2000

4250 metre downstream course on River Thames at Reading

Racing in Reading meant four groups of Old Boars travelling from all points of the compass to arrive at Reading University boathouse at the same time. Thankfully it all worked out and the crew was able to have a good paddle in the morning on this fast flowing section of the Thames.

In the race itself, the VIII produced a good start (unfortunately a little way before the start line!) and settled quickly to race rate. Cox and crew showed impressive focus as a sharp Kings College London boat overtook in the first two minutes, but the club did not go on to produce its best row of the year, shortening up considerably over the second half of the course, and never finding the solid rhythm and work which might have seen the crew claim Nepthys's scalp.

The end of the Lent Term means that the P O'Kane will be exclusively available to BHBC for the next two events, beginning with Kingston Head in a fortnight's time. This will allow BHBC to assume it's more natural stroke-rigged form and hopefully result in more competitive times at Kingston and the Head of the River Race.

S2.8+ : 18th from 21 (would have been 9th from 11 in S3.8+)

  • C: Sally-Ann Scott
  • S: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 7: Howard Stone
  • 6: Shailen Majithia
  • 5: Jim Kirton
  • 4: John Webb
  • 3: Simon Cooper
  • 2: Chaz Murray
  • B: Olie Morris

The Reading University Boat Club website has results by both event and also overall on-line.

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Bedford Eights and Fours Head : 13 February 2000

2000 metre downstream course on River Great Ouse

With undoubtedly the largest number ever of Queens' and ex-Queens' oarsmen and women competing at the same event, BHBC crews improved throughout the day but were not the ones to win the prizes. By the third row of the day though, the (yet again) scratch combination had begun to move with something of the assurance of the Fairbairn Cup VIII and we can look forward to a very similar crew beginning the day at Reading University Head in good form.

In the first division of the day, the heavyweight Senior 2 coxed four "Beast" beat the lighter Senior 3 four "Beauty" by 6 seconds, avenging their defeat the previous weekend at Peterborough. One apiece so far this season and both crews are hungry for an opportunity to settle the matter.

In a significantly more competitive field than the week before, the BHBC eight, despite producing better rows than at Peterborough, finished further down the finish order this time round. However progress was made, and where generally the times were slower in the later divisions, Boar's Head improved by 3 seconds. With equal fastest times of the day, BHBC beat 1st & 3rd's old boys, racing as FIRST & THIRD TRINITY/CAMB '99, by one second on count-back!

There were 16 from the current QCBC squad, 9 from QCWBC, 8 old boys, and one guest making a grand total of 33 Queens' members racing at a single event, and it was the women who went home with the tankards, winners of WS4.8+.

S2.4+ "Beast" : 4th from 4
(also beating S3.4+ "Beauty" by 6 sec.)

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: Shailen Majithia
  • 3: Jim Kirton
  • 2: John Webb
  • B: Simon Cooper

S3.4+ "Beauty" : 5th from 6

  • C: Steve Ratcliffe
  • S: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 3: George Harpur
  • 2: Chaz Murray
  • B: Olie Morris
 

S2.8+ : 8th from 10
S1.8+ : 5th from 5

  • C: Sonja Peasey
  • S: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • 7: George Harpur
  • 6: Shailen Majithia
  • 5: Jim Kirton
  • 4: John Webb
  • 3: Simon Cooper
  • 2: Chaz Murray
  • B: Olie Morris

The Bedford RC website has results by both event and also overall on-line.

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Peterborough Head of the Nene : 5 February 2000

5000 metre (VIIIs) / 2500 metre (small boats) course on River Nene

BHBC's first foray into the pre-Tideway head race calendar produced some encouraging results in a day of disappointing rows. The heavyweight Senior 2 coxed four "Beast", the first crew to race, was plagued with boat set-up problems and had a difficult row into the heavy cross-headwind, finishing very low in its class.

The lighter Senior 3 four "Beauty" followed shortly afterwards, producing the most competitive result of the day, finishing second (by 12 seconds) in its class of 12, and in doing so beating crews from Star, Bedford RC and Bedford School. Had the crew not made the unfortunate error of falling into the Nene while boating (!), University of York might very well have gone home pennant-less.

The VIII brought the heavy and light IVs together for a scratch race that settled into a solid, steady and chunky row for the first 2000m. However lack of practice and cohesion produced an unsettled row from then on, never recovering to the standard set earlier in the race. The crew was disappointed to be beaten by some of the Cambridge college crews it had dispatched only a fortnight before in the Fairbairns.

S3.4+ "Beauty" : 2nd from 12
(also beating S2.4+ "Beast" by 16 sec.)

  • C: Sally-Ann Scott
  • S: Shailen Majithia
  • 3: George Harpur
  • 2: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • B: Olie Morris

S2.4+ "Beast" : 8th from 10

  • C: Ruth Hall
  • S: Olly Burstall
  • 3: John Webb
  • 2: Simon Cooper
  • B: Jim Kirton
 

S2.8+ : 11th from 14

  • C: Sally-Ann Scott
  • S: Shailen Majithia
  • 7: George Harpur
  • 6: Olly Burstall
  • 5: John Webb
  • 4: Simon Cooper
  • 3: Jim Kirton
  • 2: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • B: Olie Morris

The Peterborough City Rowing Club website has results of both the fours division and the eights division on-line.

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Fairbairn Cup Races : 21 January 2000

4300 metre downstream course on River Cam

The 1999 races were rescheduled for this date after gale force winds on 3 December 1999.

Following an inspiring practice outing the evening before, the first ever Boar's Head Fairbairns crew took to the water with a vengeance.

Starting 37th, the crew had a flying start hitting rate 44, and settling to 38. Fighting hard in the early stages the rate settled to a comfortable 34, with race strategy dictating that the crew should 'empty the tanks' at the top of the reach. Paul duly called for the crew to "Unleash the Power of the Boar", and the rate immediately notched back up to 35 going past the railings. Further tight corners and pushes brought the crew on to the final First Post Reach, where an Emmanuel crew unfortunately decided to cut into the Boar's path. In the ensuing blade clash Shailen lost his blade broadside, and recovered it only when Paul reached out, grabbed it and handed it back! The crew recovered, but was unable to deploy the final planned push, and crossed the line rating 36.

The crew had lost about 10 seconds as a result of the crash, but nevertheless finished 10th overall, in doing so beating a wide range of Cambridge College 1st VIIIs.

Men's Senior VIIIs : 10th overall (fastest invitation crew)

  • C: Paul Bellingham
  • S: Shailen Majithia
  • 7: Matt Jaggard
  • 6: Howard Stone
  • 5: Jim Kirton
  • 4: Olly Burstall
  • 3: Simon Cooper
  • 2: Gareth Sylvester-Bradley
  • B: George Harpur
 

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