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The hopes that we had as a result of the Fairbairns were rather disappointed
in the Lents; the First Boat appeared moderately well together in training, but
just lacked the speed to get very far in the races themselves. They went down
each night and ended in 15th place (bumped by Kings’ on Ditton, Magdalene at the
Red Grind, Queens’ at the Gun Sheds, and Christ’s in the Gut). Nor did the lower
boats have any great success, only one boat, the Third, went up (2nd Boat,
Bumped by Pembroke II, 1st & 3rd III, rowed over, Bumped King’s II; 3rd Boat
rowed over, Bumped Selwyn III, LMBC V, rowed over; 4th Boat rowed over, Bumped
by Sidney III, rowed over, bumped by Fitzwilliam House III).
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The Saturday following the end of the Lent races, the Club took two Eights to Reading Regatta for the Head of the River race. The First Eight finished 26th in a field of about 70: while the Second, rowing later in improved conditions, completed the course in a time only two seconds slower than the senior boat. Nevertheless since the clinker boats were placed in a different division, they were only given 60th position.
From Reading the First Eight went on the Putney Regatta the next Saturday. As this was the first year that they had entered, they were placed low in the order of starting; but they came up well and overtook several crews to finish 34th in the field of something like 225.
As last year, the chief efforts in training for the Mays were concentrated on
the First Boat, perhaps to the detriment of lower boats: but it is generally by
the position of the First Eight in any college that its rowing is judged. The
Coaches were successively Rev. J. M. Plumley, J. Whiteley and R. S. King (First
and Third Trinity). Certain early promise was shown, but this was neither
established nor fulfilled and the Boat went down on each of the first three
nights (Bumped by Jesus II at the Plough, LMBC II on First Post, Magdalene at
the Railway Bridge, rowed over twice as sandwich boat on the last night). Its
final position was 17th. The lower boats, of which the Fifth was entered by the
Rugby Football Club and the Sixth by the Hockey Club, were energetic rather than
skilful; and only one of them, the Fourth, managed to improve its ranking. It
made two bumps.
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The club enjoyed the usual culminating events of the year's rowing on its
visits to the regattas at Marlow and Royal Henley; and happily the First Boat
gained its greatest measure of success in the last races in which the crew took
part together. It was entered for the Marlow Eights, while a Four raced in the
Town Cup. The Eight was beaten in its first heat by Queens', but the four won
the two heats against St Thomas's Hospital and Jesus College II before losing to
Clare in a close race. For Henley changes were made in the order or rowing, and
coaching was taken over by H. C. Putnam, late of Pembroke; training was sadly
interrupted by illness, and the Eight went out in the first round of the Thames
Cup, Burton Leander getting home by 3/4 of a length. On the other hand the Four,
which was entered for the Wyfold Challenge Cup, won three of its races before
losing in the semi-final: R. A. F. Benson were beaten by a canvas, Glasgow
University easily, and King's College London, by three and half lengths; but
then we came up against Kettering R.C. who rowed in with a lead of one and a
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The crews for the Light and Clinker Fours came up a few days before the beginning of the Michaelmas Term, to find that the river was drained between Jesus and Baitsbite locks, and so the first fortnight of training was carried out on the Clayhithe reach. The Light Four, coached by N. Debenham and J. Whiteley (boat from King's), beat Clare "B" in the first-round by 17 seconds and although they rowed much better in the second round, lost to Kings in a good race by five seconds. The Clinker Four drew Pembroke in the first round and won easily: the second round provided a very exciting race against Magdalene during which there was never more than one second between the crews, our opponents winning by that margin.
The most promising aspect of the Fairbairn race was the meteoric rise of the
third boat from 50th to 28th, a most creditable performance for a crew composed
largely of freshmen. The first boat were a heavy crew who never quite acquired
the necessary quickness and agility, but rowed gamely and finished eighth (in 16
min 32 secs), a drop of one place. The second boat had a very poor row, dropping
16 places to 45th, while the Fourth Boat rose four places to finish 63rd.
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The promise showed by the Fairbairn boats bore fruit in the Lents. There were only three Club boats this year, the fourth boat being a "Doctors' Boat" which rose five places without much difficulty (bumped Fitzwilliam House III, Sidney III, St Catharine’s IV, Jesus V to become head of the Fifth Division and Christ’s IV in the Fourth Division). The First Boat responded well to the excellent coaching of R. A. Higgins(Clare): I. T. Roberts(Emmanuel), J. A. Pitchford(Christ's) and J. C. L. Cox (Queens'), and their failure to catch Christ's on the first day can only be attributed to lack of bumping experience, however this was remedied on the second day just before the Railings. On the third day the crew kept their distance on Jesus II who rowed straight into Corpus at a phenomenal rating, and on the last day Caius caught Corpus at the Ditch, finishing 13th on the river. The second boat raced very well and were unlucky to make only one bump (on 1st & 3rd III on the second day), while the third boat, after a "down" and an "up", finished level (Bumped by LMBC V on the first day, Bumped 1st & 3rd V on the third day).
After the end of the Lent Term, the Club took three Eights to compete in the Reading Head of the River Race. The First Boat had a very eventful race, during which they were forced to steer a very wide course for the last 1 1/2 miles while endeavouring to pass three other crews simultaneously. They reached Caversham bridge in the lead by virtue of some excellent steering, and finished head of the Clinker Division. The Second and Third Boats rowed well and finished 10th and 18th respectively in the same Division, having started as new entries.
The experience gained in this term by all crews was most valuable, and
augured well for the Mays.
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The results of the May races were disappointing, but they were not a direct reflection of the merits of the various crews. The catastrophic second night, which saw three boats damaged, two of them seriously, had repercussions throughout the Club, and crews were necessarily upset through having to row in strange or leaking craft. The First Boat had promised well as the term progressed, under the coaching of J. M. King (Lady Margaret) R. H. Y. Mills (First and Third Trinity) and I. T. Roberts (Emmanuel), and survived a change in the crew due to illness a week before the races. On the first night they started head of the 2nd Division and fell to the Peterhouse crew which went on to make five bumps. On the second night Caius bumped St Catharine's to regain their place as sandwich boat, and the next day having rowed over at the head of the Second Division, failed by 10 feet to bump King's. On Saturday, Caius showed signs of tiredness after rowing over, and had less success against Kings than on the previous day.
The Second Boat suffered from a change in its crew one week before races, and was never well enough together to move fast: they fell four places (bumped by Jesus IV, LMBC IV, King’s II and Pembroke III). The Third Boat possessed an excellent racing spirit, which was not affected by their several misfortunes, and they certainly deserved more successive than to keep their place (bumped by Fitzwilliam House on the second night, Bumped Jesus V on the last night).
The Fourth Boat finished one place higher (bumped Emmanuel V, Sidney III
rowed over, bumped by Queens’ V), the Fifth (bumped by LMBC VIII on the last
night) and Sixth Boats (Bumped Selwyn V, bumped by Selwyn V, 1st & 3rd VII,
rowed over) down one, and the Seventh down two (according to The Time chart,
only down one, bumped by LMBC X on the second night). An Eighth boat made up of
hockey players competed unsuccessfully with nine other boats for the two vacant
places on the river.
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An Eight and two Fours were entered for Marlow Regatta: in the first round the Eight lost to Magdalene College, Cambridge: who eventually won the Marlow Eights, and the two Fours in the Town Cup lost to Queens' College Cambridge and London R.C., the eventual finalists.
At Henley, an Eight was entered for the Thames Cup and a Four for the Wyfold
Cup. Both were drawn to row in the preliminary round, and both won, the Eight
beating Trinity Hall 'B' by 6ft after an uninspiring row, and the Four winning
more comfortably against sense of full abuse hospital. The Eight beat Oriel
College, Oxford, by four lengths in the first round, but lost to Vesta R.C. in
the second round by two and a half lengths through failing to cope with the very
rough conditions. The Four beat Henley R.C. and First and Third Trinity in the
first two rounds, and then lost to a stronger Royal Engineers four.
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The officers elected for the season 1956-7 were:
Captain G. W. A. Napier
Hon. Secretary G. D. McKechnie
Second boat Captain R. E. W. Halliwell
The Michaelmas Term proved to be a successful one for the Club. The Light and Clinker Fours reached the semi-finals of their events, and the first Fairbairn Boat rose four places to finish fourth. The Light Four, coached by Bert Jackson, the boatman, beat King's in the first-round by 13 seconds and Peterhouse in the second round by two and a half seconds after an exciting race. In the semi-final they lost by 15 seconds to Pembroke, who subsequently failed in the final by a narrow margin. The Clinker Four had a most exciting three days racing, which included two dead-heats in one afternoon. They beat Kings easily in the first round, but against Pembroke in the second round they rowed two dead-heats, only managing to win at the third attempt by 6/10 of a second. In the semi-final, although tired, they were only defeated by the eventual winners, St Catharine's, by five and a half seconds.
The composition of the Fairbairn crews was not finally completed until two
weeks before the race, since we have formed two trial Eights after the 'Fours'.
Nevertheless, the First Boat improved rapidly, coached by the Rev. J. M.
Plumley, and in the race excelled itself to finish fourth in 16 minutes 34
seconds. The Second Boat was disappointing, dropping one place to finish 46th.
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The promise shown by the First Fairbairn Boat was scarcely fulfilled in the Lents. The First Boat, coached by N. Debenham(King's), D. A. Bailey (St Catharine's) and R. H. Y. Mills (First and Third Trinity), learned to paddle extremely well, and hopes ran high that they would win their oars; however, insufficient practice at a racing stroke resulted in the loss of stride and rhythm when they came to race. On the first night King's were caught in 40 strokes. On Thursday, the crew rowed outside their distance on Jesus II, a failure in which overconfidence played no small part. However, worse was to follow on Friday, for though the crew raced very hard to get within two feet of Jesus II, they had no strength left to stave off a final spurt by Christ's and were bumped at the Glasshouses. On the last night Caius rowed over inside their distance on Christ's (finished 13th). The Second Boat had tremendous racing spirit and fully deserved their oars. Their successes included an overbump on Pembroke II (on the first day); their other victims being Clare II and Jesus III, though Jesus avenged this defeat on the last day. The Third Boat was virtually the same "Doctor's Boat" that had been so successful in last year's Lents. This year they advanced three places (Bumped LMBC V, LMBC IV, St Catharine’s III, rowed over on last day), while the Fourth Boat gained two (bumped Clare IV, bumped by Clare IV, bumped Clare IV, bumped Downing III). A net total of 9 bumps certainly augured well for the Mays.
The club took two Eights to Reading for the Head of the River race. The First
Boat started 47th, since it had competed in the Clinker division last year, and
finished 19th. The Second Boat, continuing the fine form they showed in the
Lents, came forth in the Clinker Division.
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As last year, the main aim of the club in the Easter Term was to establish the First Boat firmly in the first division of the Mays. The Coaches of the First Boat were R. H. Y. Mills, and Rev. J.M. Plumley, Dr A. W. Spence and R. S. King (First and Third Trinity). Throughout training the crew never showed any great speed, but it was thought that they would be fast enough to catch King's. On the first night they rowed over comfortably ahead of St Catharine's, but never threatened King's. The next day they were surprised by St Catherine's who overlapped them at Grassy. Inspired coxing averted the crisis and equally fine rowing took the crew right away to finish many lengths ahead - indeed, the ability to maintain the pressure over the second half of the course was the crew's strong point. It nearly brought its reward when that same night they were seen to be overhauling King's rapidly going up the Long Reach, but, sadly, this great effort failed by a quarter of a length. It was a tired crew that gamely went on two row two more courses on both the Friday and the Saturday, but they never threatened King's again (remained 17th, sandwich boat).
The second boat was fast and required a bump on the last night to win their
oars again (having bumped Pembroke III, King’s II and Clare III). After 40
strokes they were two feet away (from Jesus IV), when they had a shipwreck and
lost half a length. They caught up again, but could not quite press home the
advantage and finished a canvas away. Similarly, a shipwreck ruined the chances
of the Third Boat when it appeared certain they would register a bump on the
Friday. However they made amends on the final day and finished with a total of
three bumps (Bumped Sidney II, 1st & 3rd V, rowed over, bumped Selwyn III). The
Fourth (Doctor's) Boat finished two places higher (bumped Queens; V and Corpus
III on the first two nights), the Fifth down two (bumped by Magdalene IV and
Selwyn V on the second and third nights), the Sixth level (bumped by Fitzwilliam
House III on the first night, bumped 1st & 3rd VII on the third night) and the
Seventh (Rugger) Boat up three (bumped 1st & 3rd IX, rowed over, bumped 1sr &
3rd VIII, Corpus IV). The club made a net total of eight bumps, one fewer than
in the Lents.
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At Marlow Regatta, the Eight was entered for the Marlow Eights, while the Four raced in the Town Cup. The Eight won its first race, beating Corpus Christi, Cambridge and Clare in a desperate finish; however, it was beaten in the second heat by both Lady Margaret and King's. The Four lost in the first round to the Royal Engineers and Corpus Christi, having fouled the bank halfway through the race.
At Henley, the Eight was entered for the Thames Cup and the Four for the
Wyfold Cup, and the coaching was taken over by G. Every. The Four, drawn to row
in the preliminary round against Keble College, won easily. The Eight lost to
Jesus II in the first round of the Thames Cup, Jesus winning by two lengths. The
Four, however, won two more races before losing in the quarter-final; Oriel
College were beaten by four lengths and Clifton by a similar distance, but they
then lost to Molesey by one-third of a length.
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The officers elected for the season 1957-8 were:
Captain R. E. W. Halliwell
Secretary A. A. R. Cobbold
Second Boat Captain P. H. Gray
Prior to the beginning of the Michaelmas Term the Light Four spent four days
at Marlow, where it was well grounded by Dr Joe Bailey and started to show
considerable promise. Progress however, did not continue when it got back on to
the Cam, for it was beaten in the first round by Emmanuel "B". The sound basis
given it at Marlow, however, probably contributed to its greater success during
the summer. The Clinker Four coached by R. A. W. Halliwell and K. McKenzie
(Westcott House) fell victim to St. Catharine's "B", also in the first round.
The Fairbairn Cup Race, however, was a great success throughout club. The first
boat was very well coached by I. S. Mackenzie (LMBC) and finished third, being
only one second behind King's in spite of a disappointing first half of the
course. The second boat gained five places from 30th to 25th and the Third,
Fourth and Fifth boats one, six and five places respectively, giving the club a
total gain of 18 places.
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The Lent Boat scarcely fulfilled the hopes of the Fairbairns. The First and
Second Boats went down two (rowed over, bumped by St Catharine’s, rowed over,
bumped by King’s – finished 15th) and three places (rowed over, bumped by
Queens’ II, Magdalene II and Downing II) respectively and the Third (bumped by
St Catharine’s III, LMBC IV, LMBC VI and LMBC V) and Fourth (bumped by Downing
III, Clare IV, Jesus V and Emmanuel IV) four places each. Perhaps this is one of
those rare cases where the bare facts are misleading without some explanation,
loath though one is to give it. Because five potential members of the May Boat
were going down it was decided not to row any of the four first May Colours in
residence so as to give experience to younger men. Had the crews (the First in
particular) not been so heavily smitten by illness this policy would have paid
its dividend. In fact a large proportion of the Club was ill at one stage or
another and the final orders were only settled shortly before the races. For
instance, a change had to be made in the Second Boat three days before the
races. In spite of this the First Boat worked genetically hard under C. K.
McMillan (Jesus), and a most marked thing about both crews was that they never
went down without first putting up a very hard fight. In retrospect policy was
sound, but for the younger oarsmen to gain necessary experience it was essential
they should get together well before the races, and this was precisely what
illness prevented them from doing. As usual the Club sent two boats to the Head
of the River raced at Reading. The First Boat was reformed after the Lents and
moved into a shelf. It started 17th and finished 22nd, having learned the lesson
of establishing a rhythm the hard way. The Second Boat finished fifth in the
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The May term proved to be considerably more successful and two boats won
their oars. The First Boat followed an extensive and well-planned training
programme with the emphasis, first on a high standard of paddling at a low rate
of striking in the early stages, and secondly on mileage. The first two boats
were started by Col. Emmet and became regular and frequent visitors to
Clayhithe. Thereafter the first boat was coached successively by M. Smith
(Peterhouse,) D. M. Hutton (Clare) and Dr Bevan, while the Second Boat was taken
over by P. H. Gray, M. Warren and K. McKenzie, both of Westcott House, and Mr
Baker. A week before the races the First Boat showed great promise and on
occasions came near to breaking club records for some parts of the course. It
almost certainly reached its peak a few days early. Starting as First Division
sandwich boat it had a hard row to get over in front of St Catharine's and was
unable to catch Kings. On the second and third nights it went down and rowed
over behind St Catharine's, but on the fourth bumped Selwyn to return to the
unenviable sandwich boat position (17th). The Second Boat progressed steadily
throughout the term, especially during the last period under Mr Baker, and well
deserved the four bumps they made at the expense of Jesus IV, LMBC IV, Downing
II and Trinity Hall III (36th, 4th in the Third Division).
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The Third Boat rowed over the first three nights and bumped Trinity Hall IV on the last (finished 51st), while the Fourth Boat was unlucky to be overbumped by Emanuel V (on the third night, also bumped by LMBC III on the second night, finished 78th). The Fifth (Rugger) and Sixth (Potterer's) boats went up six and two places (bumped St Catharine’s V on the second night and Sidney IV on the last night) respectively; the former's well-earned and rapid rise being due to an overbump on Magdalene IV on the first night (then bumped Sidney III to become head of the Sixth Division, rowed over and then bumped King’s IV on the third night and bumped LMBC VIII, finished 79th). The Seventh (Choral Exhibitioners') Boat was less fortunate in being bumped twice (bumped by Emmanuel VII on the second night and by 1st & 3rd VIII on the last night, finished 104th), but the Club as a whole showed a net rise of seven places on the river.
Shortly after the end of term the Second Boat competed in Junior Eights at Reading Regatta, where it won its first race but was beaten in the second by St. Edward's School. The Henley Four also went to Reading (both crews being coached by Mr S. R. Tubbs) where it won the Maiden Erlegh Challenge Cup for Junior-Senior Fours.
After Reading coaching of the Henley Eight for the Ladies' Plate and the
Wyfold Four was taken over by Dr Joe Bailey. Good Progress was made and at
Marlow Regatta the Four beat London University before losing to Walton, the
eventual winners. The Eight drew St Catharine's - with whom battle royal had
been waged during the Mays - and Bedford School. The former was beaten by one
and a half lengths, thus avenging an earlier defeat but in doing so the crew
dead-heated with the latter and then lost the re-row by one-third length, a
performance which, was to be repeated by the Four at Henley. In an eliminating
race for the Ladies' Plate the Eight was narrowly beaten by St John's, Oxford,
whom they held to four feet in a very tough race which recorded second fastest
time of the day. The Wyfold Four had some good racing, beating Maidenhead
"easily" in the first round and St Bartholomew's Hospital again "easily" in the
second. The quarter-final race with Crowland provided one of the most exciting
races of Regatta and indeed its only dead-heat. Crowland led slightly most of
the way but a tremendous finishing spurt by Caius just failed to get them in
front. In the re-row Caius challenged all the way from the mile post but
Crowland held them off to just under one-third length.
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The officer selected for the season 1958-9 were
Captain P. H. Grey
Secretary G. B. Cobbold
Second Boat Captain O. N. Tubbs
This year has been notable for the greater numbers of those who have performed and raced in small boats; the improved results of the club as a whole show that this time has been well spent. In the Michaelmas term two Fours began training at once; the light four, after early promise, was beaten in the first-round by Jesus "A" - the Clinker four hustled its way to the semi-finals, where it lost rather unfortunately to St. Catharine's. Shortly afterwards O. N. Tubbs, coached occasionally by C. R. M. Fox (Peterhouse), sculled with great gallantry and skill to dead-heat in the final of the Colquhouns, being the first member of the club to win this event.
The Fairbairn Cup Race produced what are now coming to be traditionally
satisfactory results. The first Eight, under P. H. Gray, remained in third
place, two seconds behind Jesus, an inexperienced Second Eight did well only to
go down five places to 30th, and 15 places and were gained by our other three
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In the Lents, last year's of policy of having some actually eligible May
Colours stand down was continued, with much more success as we were not this
time hampered by illness. The First Eight rowed in a new clinker boats, which
was christened Drury Pennington, and in it made two good bumps, only just
missing two more (bumped King’s at the Gun sheds on the first day. Rowed over
after Clare caught Magdalene on Grassy on the second. Bumped Magdalene on the
third and rowed over on the fourth after Clare caught Peterhouse in the Gut).
They were a very hard-working, rather rough crew, coached mainly by R. Patterson
(Queens), P. H. Gray, and with his wonted enthusiasm by C. K. MacMillan (Jesus).
The Second and Third Boats also bumped twice (bumped Downing II and Magdalene II
on the 1st and 3rd days; bumped LMBC VI and Queens’ III –days unknown –
respectively), and the Fourth went down three times (Christ’s IV, Fitzwilliam
III and LMBC VII). After this we had entries in the Second Trinity Sculls, the
Fairbairn Junior Sculls and the Forster-Fairbairn Trial Pairs; here R. E. W.
Halliwell and P. H. Gray dead-heated with a St. Catharine's pair in a gale-beset
final. The first week of the Easter vacation was spent enjoyably and
instructively boating from Thames R.C. in practice for the Putney Head of the
River race. The result was most encouraging: the crew, starting at No. 231 as a
new entry, finished 14th, in front of all Oxford and Cambridge colleges except
Jesus, Cambridge. In the same race O. N. Tubbs, who had missed his Trial Cap
through sickness, rowed bow for the Goldie Boat, he was also spare man for the
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The first events of the May Term were the defeats of two Caius double sculling pairs in the Lowes, and the Forster-Fairbairn pair's reaching the semi-final of the Magdalene Pairs: but the main object was to get the First Eight fairly into the First Division of the Mays. The crew was started by Col. Emmet, with the Second Boat as a tenacious sparring partner, and he was followed by Alf Twinn, L. V. Bevan and D. M. Hutton(Clare). They soon showed their pace and looked to be the fastest Caius Boat since the war. It bettered the promised of last year's crew by equalling two college records during the term. Starting again as sandwich boat it had a good row ahead of Selwyn and caught Peterhouse convincingly on the first night. Two disappointing rows followed on the second and third nights, almost catching Kings on the Thursday but lacking sufficient co-ordination for the bump. On the fourth night it bumped First and Third Trinity II..........(finished 15th)
The Second Eight progressed well, ............and made four bumps on Selwyn
II, Peterhouse II, First and Third III and Christ's II, rising to the Second
Division (rowed over on third night, two bumps last night to finished 32nd).
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The Third Eight rowed over the first two nights, bumped Queens III on the third night and rowed over the fourth night. The Fourth (Potterer's) Eight was unfortunate not to make a bump on the first night and then went down three places (to 81st, bumped by LMBC VIII, King's IV and Fitzwilliam House III) while the Fifth Eight went down four places (Bumped by LMBC VIII, King’s IV, Fitzwilliam House III and Magdalene IV, finished 83rd). The Sixth (Rugger) Eight did well to bump Sidney Sussex III on the fourth night (finished 86th) having been bumped on the second night (by 1st & 3rd VII), but unfortunately the Seventh (Choral Exhibitioners) Eight went down one place (bumped 1st & 3rd VIII, rowed over, bumped by Christ’s VI, Magdalene VI, finished 105th).
Immediately after the end of term the first Eight began training for Marlow and Henley Royal Regattas under the coaching of Dr Joe Bailey. This coaching paid dividends for the Eight reached the final of the Marlow Eights for the first time since 1939, having beaten Exeter College, Oxford, by one length and London Rowing Club in the first round and Queens University, Belfast, by one foot and Molesey Boat Club in the semi-final. The final was won by Thames Rowing Club with St Catharine's College second.
At Marlow Regatta the Four lost in the first round to Brasenose College, Oxford, by a canvas.
In an eliminating race for the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Regatta the Eight beat Trinity College, Dublin, by a quarter length after an inspired rowed. Progress was continued, for in the first round of the Regatta the Eight beat Corpus Christi College by 3 lengths having a much improved row. Unfortunately the Eight then met LMBC in the second round losing by two and a half lengths though rowing well. Lady Margaret went on to win the final. The Four, in the Visitors Cup event, had little practice but beat Strode's School easily before losing to Keble College, Oxford, by one and two-thirds lengths in the second round.
Altogether, this has been an encouraging year after last year's
disappointments. The college is once more firmly established in the First
Division, and has done well in practically every event which it entered.
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Officers were elected for the season 1959-60, but owing to the inclemency of
the examination authorities, the only one remaining in residence is
Captain O. N. Tubbs
Michaelmas term, 1959
1959 was a successful year for Caius Boat Club, darkened at the end by the loss of two of this year's elected officers. It was hoped that this would not have too much effect this year, but unfortunately the loss has been noticed in First Boats and also indirectly in a reduction in the number of people rowing.
The Light Four was very light but race well, only to lose to Emanuel B by 2 seconds. The Clinker Four won two rounds, but lost to Lady Margaret in the semi-finals.
The Fairbairn Eight did not fulfil the promise of the Fours and went down to 15th place though they some consolation in there being only 10 seconds between 5th and 15th place. The Second and Third Fairbairn Eights, suffering from illness and lack of support, fell several places.