Not unexpectedly, Cambridge (2nd, 3rd, and 4th at BUSA to Oxford’s 9th), were victorious 4-0 in the 100th Mixed Varsity Match sailed in Swallows at Itchenor Sailing Club on 6th & 7th July 2017. Cambridge Ladies (2nd to Oxford’s 1st at Ladies BUSA) sailed very strongly to take their match 4-1 after some testing battles with Oxford. So the Light Blues made a very effective riposte to the Dark Blue’s 4-1 sweep of both matches in the 2012 centenary event, which was also at Itchenor in Swallows. (The first Varsity Match took place in 1912 on the Ouse at Ely.).
Conditions were ideal for the match, though Race Officer Roger Yeoman had to chase the wind around Chichester Harbour no less than three times during Thursday. Cambridge Mixed were 3-0 and Cambridge Ladies 2-1 at the end of the day’s racing. The following day (Friday) Cambridge Ladies won two races in succession to run out victors 4-1 and Cambridge Men won a fourth race to finish worthy winners 4-0 overall. The trial of the ‘three-boats-a-side’ format for the Ladies Match proved most successful. The score for the mixed match now stands at 56 victories for Cambridge, 40 for Oxford, with 4 ties.
The Anniversary dinner on the Friday evening was superb, with excellent support from more than 60 Oxford and Cambridge Alumni.
A big thank-you to Itchenor SC for mounting such an excellent event, with a first class race team and many helpers, to the umpires, who had unexpectedly little business, and to the lending boat owners. This supurb organization alongside excellent weather made it a truly memorable event and a wonderful end to end another dominant year for Cambridge Sailing.
Cambridge: (1st helm, 2nd helm, crew)
James Pinder (Robinson and Captain), Thomas Mather (St Catharines), David Robertson (Jesus)
Tim Gratton (St Catharines), Duncan Hampshire (St Catharines), George Hopes (Corpus Christi)
Henry Morley (Christs), Josh Adams (Christs), Jamie Webb (Gonville & Caius)
Cambridge Ladies: (helm, crew, crew)
Rachel Tilley (Christs and Captain), Cat Wallace (Emmanuel), Karen Thomas (Lucy Cavendish)
Anna Prescott (Magdalene), Chloe Macaulay (Clare), Fiona Tait (St Catharines)
Jemima Lawson (St Catharines), Helmi Burton-Papp (Emmanuel), Florence Gilks (St Johns)
Oxford: (1st helm, 2nd helm, crew)
Joe Gough (Corpus Christi and Captain), Matthew Haji-Michael (St Benets Hall), Rowena Conway (St Edmunds Hall)
Ali Bibby (Merton), Leon Lopez-Brennan (Christ Church), Remi Pfister (Keble)
Lucy Mellers (Worcester), Louis Manners (St Peters), Lazar Liebenberg (New)
Oxford Ladies: (helm, crew, crew)
Lucy Mellers (Worcester), Kate Cole (Regent’s Park), Rowena Conway (St Edmund Hall)
Ali Bibby (Merton), Clare Kendall-Bohoslawec (Worcester), Meli Besse (Worcester-Capt)
Penny Wieser (Worcester), Ann-Laure Ines-Villa (Trinity), Imogen Prickett (Trinity)