The men’s crews and squads at Cantabs have had a good season, including good performances from across junior, senior and masters squads. The Hills Road boys’ squad have had a particularly good season, winning all 4 events they were racing in at Winter League this year, and clocking their fastest time at Schools Head for 5 years. Robert Almqvist was the first Cantabs boy to ever attend GB Junior Trials, and there are several boys’ crews looking forward to racing at the British Rowing Junior Championships this coming weekend.
You can read more about each squad by clicking the link on each crew list.
The 2019 Cantabs men’s crews
This year the men’s first eight will be looking to defend the Headship that they took in 2015 from Rob Roy, against Cambridge 99 who start in 2nd. 5 of the 2018 crew return, with 8 of the 9 members previous Headship holders. Members of M1 have competed in a combined 341 bumps races, earning 24 Headships across CRA and CUCBC bumps.
M1 – Senior Men’s Squad – Starting Head of the River:
Sara Russo (cox), Harvey Dinkele*, Finn Grimwood, Jimmy Adams, James O’Dell*, Mark Lawrence, Andrew Marsden, Callan Swanson*, Jack Kunkle
Proof of their great improvements this season, is the Hills Road 1st 8+ starting this year as M2 for the first time. They have had a great season this year, with lots of local wins and record national performances, and will be racing at the British Rowing Junior Championships this weekend, looking to secure their first ever medal at the event. Robert Almqvist’s mother Sheena will be racing in W9.
M2 – Hills Road M1 – Starting 7th in Division 1:
Emily Staplehurst* (cox), Robert Steyn*, Phil Sosnin*, Jeremy Austin*, Jed Benyon*, Ethan Collier*, Joshua Parson*, Sam Askew*, Robert Almqvist*
Last year’s M3 bladed to 8th on the river, bumping Chesterton M1, City M2, 99 M2 and Robs M2. This year’s crew contains a mixture of sweep and sculling athletes from the Senior Men’s Squad, along with former Men’s Captain Guy Fiddian, who last year represented Cambridge in the Power8 Sprints.
M3 – Senior Men’s Squad – Starting 8th in Division 1:
Amy Henfrey (cox), Will Newcome, Guy Fiddian*, Jon McCree-Grey, Hadi Boukhatmi, James Lindsay, Harry Turner, Theo Snudden, Sam Bray
This year’s Hills Returners race as M4, with all of this crew former members of the Hills Road boys’ squad, but mostly now rowing for their respective universities. Chris Radbone rowed at Cardiff University as a student, and and now coaches our Senior Women’s Squad. Other universities represented by this crew include Edinburgh, Sheffield, Manchester, Bath, and Fitzwilliam College, amongst others.
M4 – Hills Returners Men – Starting 14th in Division 1:
Ben Whitelaw* (cox), Joel Thomson*, Harry Selwyn Smith*, Chris Radbone*, Fin Beauchamp*, Michael Welsh*/Robbie Neal*, Sam Gibbs*/Karlo Miracle*, Freddie Scott*, Freddie Barnes*
This year’s M5 have come together exclusively for this year’s Bumps. They are a combination of rowers that have appeared regularly in Cantabs Bumps crews over the last few years, those who have recently graduated university, and those that are experiencing Bumps for the first time. Included in M5 are two former Cantabs Bumps Headship holders, Harry Joynes and former Club Captain, James Price who was in the first ever Cantabs men’s Headship crew in 2007.
M5 – Senior Men’s Squad – Starting 4th in Division 2:
Sara Russo (cox), Peter Ford, Matous Michnevic, Jon Williams, Harry Joynes/James Price, Sam Lewin, Tom King/William Norman, Ben Hanson, Will Reverchon
The Intermediate Men’s crew (M6) features 2 of last year’s crew, but sees an influx of new rowers, including many who have joined Cantabs during the course of the year. Aaron Johnston has progressed rapidly from Cantabs’ Learn to Row course, held in October 2018, through to the Intermediate Squad, whilst James Smith has made similarly rapid progress since learning to row in Derby less than a year ago. After finishing 2nd at the CRA Time Race, the crew are looking to build on their progress with a solid performance during Bumps. The crew is coxed by Liz Jamie, a member of the Intermediate Women’s Squad, who has risen to the challenge of coxing following injury this season.
M6 – Intermediate Men’s Squad – Starting 8th in Division 2:
Liz Jamie (cox), Drew Foster, Atanas Stoyanov, Steve Cant, James Smith, Janos Oscai/Henno Martin, Neil Sparnon, Aaron Johnston, Petr Arnold
The Aquaphobes were formed in 2010 when a water polo team fancied a go at Town Bumps. Whilst most of them were new to rowing, almost all had competed at high levels in other sports including swimming, cycling, weight-lifting, dancing, rugby, football and cricket. This season has seen several masters wins for the squad at head races, though Bumps remains the highlight of their racing calendar.
M7 – Aquaphobes – Starting 17th in Division 2:
Emma Smith (cox), Matt Garley, Dave Atkin*, Paul Hoeggar/Richard Baird, Duncan Gibson, Dan Sharrock, Ali Nicol, Dave Rayment, Lucio Cicolecchia
This year’s M8 will be chasing Champs M3 on Day 1.
M8 – Hills Road M2 – Starting 4th in Division 3:
Carrie Frazer (cox),. Alex Hunjan*, George Lawn*, Maxim Braunchweiler*/Matt Melloy*, Laurence Beauregard*, Borisz Kantor*, JP Levick*, Joel Newsam*, Joe Comyn*
The Poachers crew was formed over a decade ago, with a number of the original crew still rowing, and are continuing to improve on their times. Following successful events rowing abroad in Budapest and Warsaw, the crew will be competing in Seville later this year. Many of the crew have family members racing in other Cantabs crews. Gavin’s son Callan will be in M1, Katrina’s daughter Millie will be in W2, and Malcolm’s wife Carrie will be multi-tasking, coxing 2 other men’s crews.
M9 – Poachers – Starting 7th in Division 3:
Katrina Purser* (cox), Gavin Swanson, Levente Kantor, Andrew Bradshaw/Dave Meredith, Kelly Bolen, Chris Sherin/Nick Siragher, Tim Walker, Phil Brownjohn*, Malcolm Frazer
This year’s M10 contains a range of experience, including two former Club Captains – Mike Ellis and Joe Ouroussoff. Cecile Auty-Jacklin makes this a mixed 8+, and races a few days after making the final of W.MasE.1x at Henley Masters Regatta.
M10 – Past Masters – Starting 9th in Division 3:
Bruce Bye (cox), Chris Dale, Joe Ouroussoff, Paul Meadows, Ben Hayek/Steve McBirnie, Mike Ellis, Anton Wright, Cecile Auty-Jacklin, Robin Hellen
Members of M11 have won The Men’s Boat Race, Isis-Goldie Race, Lightweight Men’s Boat Race, Women’s Boat Race, Osiris-Blondie Race, Lightweight Women’s Boat Race, multiple Tideway Head pennants, Bumps Headships and blades, National Championships medals, Ghent Regatta, and Henley Women’s Regatta… as coaches!
3 seat Milosz Wrobel, sports osteopath and S&C coach of Light Blue Clinics, only learned to row 3 weeks ago, putting into practice what he has learned from working with CUBC and CUWBC, as well as Cantabs. 3 of this crew, including director of Peach Innovations, Paul Haines, are previous winners of British Rowing Coach and Volunteer Awards.
M11 – Coaches – Starting 12th in Division 3:
Evelyn Svingen (cox), Will Cherry, Jon Winch, Paul Haines, Tom Copeland, Mike Moreton, Milosz Wrobel*, Phil Gunning, Callum Mantell
This year’s M12 will be hoping to bump their way into Division 3, starting beind St Radegund M2.
M12 – J15/16 Juniors – Starting 2nd in Division 4:
Shannon O’Shea* (cox), Charlie Davies*, Luke Davies*, Harry O’Shea*, Oscar Coppins*/Roisin Scanlon*, Felix Wermuller*/Projeet Bhaumik*, Finn Brown*/Adam Slawka*, Amun Vatak*/Will Bradshaw*, William Woodard*/Will Bradshaw*
After last year’s +5 into Division 3, this year’s M13 will be chasing X-Press M6 on the first night.
M13 – Hills Road M3 – Starting 6th in Division 4:
Emily Staplehurst* (cox), Will Phipps*, Kane Blake*, Luke Vanderstay*, Arthur Norieka*, Sonny Osman*, Emanuel Merhan*, Will Crawford*/Anthony Austin*, Matt Melloy*/Thomas Williams*
Club President and winner of a British Rowing Volunteer Award Mike Hunter and his crew last year won blades for the first time (bumping up 6 places!), and this year will be looking to do the same, racing this year as M14. The crew ranges in age from people in their 20s to their 70s, though most of the crew have less than 6 years’ rowing experience – proof that it is never too late to pick up an oar!
M14 – Hunter Crew – Starting 9th in Division 4:
Carrie Frazer (cox), Paul Reis*, Mike Hunter, Paul Robinson*/John Marshall, Paul Leivers*/Matthew Scott*, Pablo Porras Millan*, Mike Staplehurst/Ruben Bautista, Andrew Featherstone*, Dan Grimes
This year’s M15 will be starting behind M14, hoping to stay away from 99 M8 without incurring the club a fine by bumping Cantabs M14 who start directly ahead of them!
M15 – Activ8 – Starting 10th in Division 4:
Jamie Fox (cox), Nigel Burrows, Paul Lacey/David Hawthorne, Howard Griffiths, Paul Beresford, Tom Brittain, David Hawthorne/Daniel Smith/Guy Beauchamp, Bob Brittain, Ray Gay
M16 will be starting ahead of Champs M7.
M16 – InVeterEight – Starting 12th in Division 4:
Emma Metcalfe (cox), Ted Tracey, Jim Howarth, Mike Walker, Rob Harvey, Rob Poldermans, Lucian Hatfield, Clive Keeler, John Railton/Steve Tapping
This will be Motley Crew’s 7th Town Bumps campaign, after learning to row together in 2013. This crew regularly races on the Cam, and raced at Vets Head for the first time ever this year. Cox Chris Howard won the prize for the best line around Grassy Corner at X-Press Head a few weeks ago, so the crew will be looking to capitalise on his good steering as they chase the crews ahead of them.
M17 – Motley Crew – Starting 15th in Division 4:
Chris Howard (cox), Tiziano Caldera, Simon Nesbit*, Paul Askew/Chris Pearson*, Peter Rodgers*/Tom Halliwell, Alan Johnson*, Simon Durrant, Gary O’Shea*, Billy Hodge/Paul Brammar*
* indicates someone learned to row at Cantabs