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Tuesday 28th February - Saturday 4th March
Previous event: Lent Bumps Getting-on Race
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Rowed over head of the river
1st Men's VIII
Day One: Bumped King's
Euan Beck reports:
Day 1: Chasing King's, chased by Girton:
Turning up at the boathouse today , we knew that the other crews had already had some solid results behind them and we were keen to continue that trend. We had a somewhat untraditional day one row down without any of the normal jitters, with a really solid half-slide rate build (that weirdly did not go to shit when we rowed past W1), followed by a nice sharp start at the Plough. We knew that all we had to do was keep that same intensity for the proper start, and not tighten up. With a motivational speech from Andy J, we got back into the boat.
The first stroke was a little sloppy, but after that it got sharper and the boat was really moving once we got out to full length. After about 30s we'd brought it inside station, and we got our first whistle just before the motorway bridge. We got a bit of a push from the outflow, but I guess we handled it better than King's because we rapidly moved forwards and got two, followed by three whistles. A 'fire' call from Julia quickly got us the bell, which seemed to last for a while until shouts of "JULIA, CRASH INTO THEM" were heard from the bank - a quick jab of the steering led to them bump, just before First Post.
King's closed to within 3/4 of a length of Churchill, so we're looking forward to tomorrow. Bring it on!
Uploaded Wednesday 1st March, 19:03
1st Women's VIII
Day One: Bumped Emma
2nd Men's VIII
Day One: Rowed Over
Tobias Roeder reports:
When we looked out the window in the morning, all of us probably thought the same thing: What a lovely weather for rowing! But alas, the sunshine did not hold and when we put our boat into the water, it had turned into rain and a rather uncomfortable breeze. But who ever said that Lent was a great term for rowing? Notwithstanding, our state(s) of mind was somewhere between nervousness, excitement and determination. For some, it was to be the first time they would hear the Bumps-cannons; others had already told their stories from bumping days of yore at the crew meal the night before. VERA had surely seen a lot already and was so eager to head off that we had to briefly rush from our shelter under the boathouse balcony to keep her by the bank.
After rowing up through the cold and wet, and spending some time freezing on the bank next to the Railway Bridge, we went through the usual bursts and test starts. Clem spun us round with the usual precision and we took up our position a few minutes before the 4 minute cannon. Luckily, it had stopped raining and we got ready for the race.
When the cannon went off, an excellent start and a clean line by Clem made sure, we were never in much danger from Sidney M1 behind us. However, Downing M2 again proved to be a worthy opponent, on whom we were only closing in slowly, while, unfortunately, they were closing in quickly on a scrappy Queens’ M2, who finally broke down between the Motorway Bridge and First Post. At that point, we had only just gotten a whistle on our preferred prey of the day. Unsurprisingly, there was some confusion amongst the crew, when our cox told us to hold it up. But we followed his orders, and when he told us to restart, we promptly jumped into action again and rowed through an accumulation of four boats, who had apparently all bumped out. At roughly the same time, St Edmund’s M1 had caught Sidney, which left us fairly on our own. At first, we still tried to go for the Double-Overbump, but, notwithstanding our commitment, this turned out to be a rather unrealistic undertaking and listening to Gripper’s advice, we took down the rate, fairly ignoring the far-off sandwich boat, Christ M2, and rowed it home. This was, obviously, not the result we were hoping for, but, as Gripper pointed out, we rowed our best and just fell prey to the unpredictable bad luck of Bumps. We know one thing, however: on Thursday, Queens’ M2 are ripe for the taking.
Uploaded Tuesday 28th February, 21:27
2nd Women's VIII
Day One: Rowed Over, Day Two: Bumped St. Edmund's W1
Jamie Fox reports:
The weather was almost sunny and having heard that Eddies might not be rowing due to a lack of rowers we were feeling cautiously optimistic as we left the boathouse.
We did few practise starts on the row down working on controlling the rate and early catches, and the second start we did felt a lot more powerful despite the lower rate.
While marshalling we were told that Eddies wouldn’t be rowing today, so we’d only have to row up to where they would have started to get a technical bump. Waiting for the cannon we tried not to get too confident, but we were feeling good. This was our chance to get to the top of division 3.
We barely finished our start before Alex called for us to wind it down, and I think we were all glad not to have to row the whole course again like we did yesterday. We also got a great view of all the other crews rowing past (including W3 – yeah Clare!) and even got a short burst in on the way back.
Hopefully we can work more on putting down power even at higher rates and getting our blades in early throughout the week. Bring on division 2 tomorrow!
Uploaded Wednesday 1st March, 19:28
3rd Men's VIII
Day One: Bumped King's II, then Bumped Sidney Sussex II
3rd Women's VIII
Day One: Bumped Lady Margaret III, Day Two: Bumped Lucy Cav/Hughes Hall III, then Rowed Over
Josie Newman reports:
Having already made history by being the first Clare W3 to get onto Lent Bumps, we had few expectations for what lay ahead. The plan was to go for it for as long as we could, because we were unlikely to have to race the whole course. We had a solid row down in the sunshine, with a good practice start on the plough. As we marshalled and counted down the cannons for the division starts, nerves were building. Very soon we were off. We didn’t have the best of starts, but by the motorway bridge we had recovered it. Ben promptly informed us “You’re rating 38… take it down 5!”, and we settled into a rate 32. Feeling the pressure from Medwards behind us we pushed on round first post, and this was followed by shouts that we were gaining on Maggie ahead. Maggie then caught a crab they were unable to recover, and we rowed past their stationary crew just before grassy. A lucky escape from what could have been a challenging rest of the race, but a bump all the same! Bring on the rest of the week!
Uploaded Wednesday 1st March, 18:46
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