Does Cambridge really think that they can win with only one Yank?
Cambridge rely on home guard
THE uncommitted among the seven million British television
viewers who will tune in to the 142nd Boat Race on April 6 will
presumably root for Cambridge this year (Mike Rosewell writes).
At the official challenge and crew announcement at Chelsea
Harbour yesterday, Cambridge, aiming to win the Beefeater Gin
Trophy for the fourth year running, named a largely home-grown
crew, while Oxford have four Americans and one Canadian in their
John Carver, the Cambridge president, excluded because of a wrist
injury, named a crew including six British undergraduates. Five of
them, Miles Barnett, the only Blue, Sebastian Dawson-Bowling,
Henry Clarke, James Ball and Rob Waller, are Great Britain
Under-23 internationals. Of the older postgraduates, two are also
British, and the only foreigner this year is an American, Ethan
Ayer, a Henley winner in 1993 and the giant of the race at 6ft 8in
and 15st 6lb.
In Oxford's more cosmopolitan crew, Rob Clegg, the president and
only Blue, is joined by, among others, Paul Berger and Ben Mann,
both of whom have been on the edge of the United States senior
team, and John Hammond, who has a formidable Harvard pedigree.
CAMBRIDGE: Bow, R Waller (Emanuel and Downing); 2, * M
Barnett (Harrogate GS and Queens'); 3, J Elliott (Winchester and
Trinity); 4, S Dawson-Bowling (King's, Canterbury and
Magdalene); 5, E Ayer (Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard and St
Edmunds); 6, H Clarke (Taunton and Trinity Hall); 7, N Burfitt
(Wimbledon College, Imperial College and St George's Medical
School, and Emmanuel); Stroke, J Ball (King's, Chester and
Robinson); Cox, K Whyman (King's, Chester and Peterhouse).
OXFORD (in likely order): Bow, J Hammond (Phillips Exeter
Academy, Harvard and New College); 2, * D Clegg (Radley,
University College London and Keble, president); 3, E Bellamy
(Hampton, Durham University and Keble); 4, D West (Dulwich,
King's College London and St Catherine's); 5, B Mann (J P
McCaskey High Street, Yale and Keble); 6, J Howick (Dartmouth
College, Concordia University and Keble); 7, P Berger (Mission
Bay HS, University of Pennsylvania and University); Stroke, A
Frost (Eton and Oriel); Cox, T Kristol (Scarsdale HS, Harvard and
GOLDIE (Cambridge reserve crew): Bow, J Mellor (Latymer
Upper and Queens'); 2, J Fauset (Hampton and Homerton) or C
Brun (Eton and Robinson); 3, R Bowman (Wrenn School,
Wellingborough and Trinity Hall); 4, D Cassidy (Shrewsbury and
Trinity Hall); 5, A Watson (The Cavendish School and Sidney
Sussex); 6, N Smith (Winchester and Corpus Christi); 7, R Pim
(Methodist College and Downing); Stroke, P Mallin-Jones (The
Grange GS and St John's); Cox, A Potts (Winchester, Edinburgh
University and Trinity Hall).
ISIS (Oxford reserve crew, order to be decided): P Bance
(Fredericton HS, University of New Brunswick and University
College); T Flemming (Magdalen College School, Oxford, Trinity,
Cambridge and Magdalen), D Forward (Westcliff HS and
Magdalen); S Hughes (Windsor Boys, University of London and
Keble); C Humphreys (Hampton and Oriel); R Kelly (Thurston
Upper and New College); * G Rosengren (Vallejo Senior High,
California, Harvard and New College); J Roycroft (Eton and
Keble); Cox, P Greaney (Abingdon and St Edmund Hall). * A Blue
I think I may have heard, however, that the heavyweights are racing in Atlanta
as well. Presumably, these would be the equivalent heavyweight crews (i.e.
H + Y first varsities, Ox + Cam blue boats), minus the weigh-in debate. Of
course, I don't really know what the heavies are up to (saw Jay Hammond at a
Phillips Exeter alumni dinner in London last night, but we didn't talk about
(wearing far too many coaching hats and past allegiances to list here...)
asst. coach, OULRC
They are called "blue" because the colours of the universities are dark
blue for Oxford and light blue for Cambridge. Only the top eight is
awarded a BLUE, which rows with blue blades and is called the BLUE BOAT. A
BLUE [oarsman] has rowed in the Cambridge-Oxford boat race.
Calum Grant, Queens' College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, CB3 9ET, UK.
> > >awarding merit to sportmsmen and women. Certain sports are FULL BLUE,
> > >such as soccer, rugby and rowing. Other sports are HALF BLUE, such as
> > >shooting, swimming and lightweight rowing. This is of course an arbitrary
> > >valuation, although heavyweight rowers put in more time than all others.
> > This is not strictly accurate - you can get a full blue for swimming and
> > I think even shooting if you're good enough. The men's lightweights get
> > a lightweight colour.
> Pedantry! Agreed, but most people in these sports get just half blues.
> There is no such thing as a lightweight colour - I know - I was a
> lightweight. It's probably just an expression to say "I rowed in the
> Cambridge-oxford varsity lightweights boat race."
I now row for Birmingham and colours or half colours are awarded for a
certain number of wins or good results in the University championships
The main difference between Oxbridge blues and other Universities colours
appears to be that Blues are exclusively awarded for appearences in the
annual Oxford Cambridge varsity competitons whereas other universities
have a lot more flexibility in the criteria dictating those that recieve
> > What exactly is "a Blue"? I've never heard the term before.
> It's from Cambridge and Oxford Universities' anachronistic system of
> awarding merit to sportmsmen and women. Certain sports are FULL BLUE,
> such as soccer, rugby and rowing. Other sports are HALF BLUE, such as
> shooting, swimming and lightweight rowing. This is of course an arbitrary
> valuation, although heavyweight rowers put in more time than all others.
> They are called "blue" because the colours of the universities are dark
> blue for Oxford and light blue for Cambridge. Only the top eight is
> awarded a BLUE, which rows with blue blades and is called the BLUE BOAT. A
> BLUE [oarsman] has rowed in the Cambridge-Oxford boat race.
> / / / /
On another point - Do heavyweights really put in more time? If nothing else, I have to
put an excessive amount of time (and 's) into just eating :-O
Marky Mark. (An ultra Lightweight) -===<C=S=7=6=5=4=3=2=B>===-
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Furnivall Men's Squad
>> What exactly is "a Blue"? I've never heard the term before.
>> -Thomas A Price-
>A "Blue" is someone who represents either Oxford or Cambridge University in
>their annual competition in one of the major sports (Rowing, Rugby, Soccer,etc).
>Oxford's colours are Dark Blue, Cambridge are Light Blue, hence the term.
>The University of London have an equivalent "Purple" - no prizes for guessing
>what colour their blades are.