As has now become a traditional part of The Boat Race season, crews from Oxford and Cambridge Men’s and Women’s Clubs will all take to the Thames this weekend to compete in the Fullers Head of the River Fours.
Racing the Fours Head on Saturday from Mortlake to Putney, The Boat Race course in reverse, will be the first opportunity that the chief coaches have to see how their squads react to the often challenging Tideway conditions under race pressure.
The OUBC triallists will compete in five Fours – two coxless and three coxed – with a number of returning victorious Blues and Isis crew members from their 2013 campaign. In Isis III, President Malcolm Howard and double Boat Race winners Constantine Louloudis and Karl Hudspith are joined by American international, Michael di Santo, and Laurence Harvey, who steered Isis to victory in 2013. Isis IV sees Kiwi compatriots, 2013 Blue Sam O’Connor and 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Storm Uru, joined by 2013 spare James Mountain, American Thomas Swartz and victorious Osiris cox from 2013, Sophie Shawdon.
Cambridge Men have also entered five boats, one coxless and four coxed. Sole returning Blue from the 2013 Cambridge crew, President Steve Dudek will race in Cambridge I alongside 2011 and 2012 Blue Mike Thorp, who is trialling for the fifth time. German Helge Gruetjen who raced alongside Thorp in the 2013 Goldie crew, American Henry Hoffstot, and cox Ian Middleton make up the rest of the top Light Blue boat.
Oxford Women have entered three crews, all of which will be coxed. Two returning Blues from 2013, President Maxie Scheske and Anastasia Chitty both feature in OUWBC I, and will be joined by Canadian international Elizabeth Fenje, Swiss Nadine Graedel Iberg, and coxed by 2012 Nepthys cox Olivia Cleary.
The CUWBC squad will compete in seven Fours – one coxless, and six coxed. President Esther Momcilovic’s crew, Cambridge III, is made up entirely of her 2013 Blue crewmates Emily Day, Claire Watkins, Holly Game and Melissa Wilson. Two other returning Blues, Caroline Reid and Vicky Shaw will compete in CUWBC II with Nicole Stephens, Isabella Vyvyan and cox Priya Crosby.
Racing starts at 13:00 on Saturday 30 November. Full details of all the Oxford Men’s (ISIS) and Women’s (OUWBC), and Cambridge Men’s (CAMBRIDGE UNIV) and Women’s (CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN) boats can be found below:
* denotes Blue, ~ denotes Isis/Goldie/Osiris/Blondie, + denotes Lightweight Boat Race
CREW LISTS FOR E 4- AND E 4+
Start No. 21 – ISIS I (Elite 4-)
Start No. 28 – ISIS II (Elite 4-)
Start No. 31 – ISIS III (Elite 4+)
M. DI SANTO
Cox L. HARVEY~
Start No. 32 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV I (Elite 4+)
Cox I. MIDDLETON
Start No. 33 – ISIS IV (Elite 4+)
Cox S. SHAWDON~
CREW LISTS FOR W SEN 4-
Start No. 67 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN I
CREW LISTS FOR IM1 4- AND IM1 4+
Start No. 239 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV II (IM1 4-)
Start No. 286 – ISIS V (IM1 4+)
Cox C. BOURNE SWINTON HUNTER
Start No. 296 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV III (IM1 4+)
Cox A. GUPTA~
Start No. 298 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV IV (IM1 4+)
D. MORRISS. FAWCETT
Cox R. OSTFELD
CREW LISTS FOR IM2 4+
Start No. 383 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV V
M. POITRAT RACHMANINOFF
Cox T. PAUL
CREW LISTS FOR W IM1 4+
Start No. 432 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN II
Cox P. CROSBY
Start No. 434 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN III
Cox E. MOMCILOVIC*
Start No. 436 – OUWBC I
N. GRAEDEL IBERG
Cox O. CLEARY+
Start No. 438 – OUWBC II
A. DE VERE
Cox E. WYSOCKI-JONES
CREW LISTS FOR W IM2 4+
Start No. 443 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN IV
Cox H. BOSWELL
Start No. 477 – OUWBC III
Cox B. COLLETT
Start No. 479 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN V
Cox A. BUTCHER
Start No. 482 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN VI
Cox W. MCDERMOTT
Start No. 489 – CAMBRIDGE UNIV WOMEN VII
Cox B. STARK
For more information please visit: http://www.hor4s.org.uk/
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