Bumped by Catz M1
M1 had a much better race today, with a strong start seeing us hold station with Clare ahead. Catz drew up on us through the gut, and we held them at 1/4 of a length down plough reach. Some strong coxing avoided being bumped round Ditton corner, and we held Catz at overlap for the majority of the reach before finally conceding the bump.
Result: bumped by Pembroke M2 in The Gut
Queens’ gathered in the coaching room before pushing off to watch a video from one year ago today – QM2 being closed in on by Sidney M1 to within a canvas outside the Plough, and then walking away and leaving them trailing by 10 lengths by the finish. The aim was to show that it could be done. That – should Pembroke close in on us – we could walk away.
In the boat on the row up and then on to marshalling at the start, this video was in the forefront of our minds. The aim was simple – row over, and not let Pembroke catch us.
We started strong. Unfortunately, Pembroke started stronger. Pembroke gained on us right away, and while we held them off for a few minutes and made several valiant pushes where it looked like we might just about get away, they eventually closed and Queens’ conceded the bump in the Gut, finishing the week a disappointing minus 3.
Result: bumped (right before motorway bridge)
Amazing efforts by colleges and CUCBC meant that the towpath was clear and bumps could carry on. Queens’ M3 had a good row up, the boat was sat and the crew was calm. We were ready to finally have a proper race, after not being able to finish a single race the whole campaign.
Our plan was simple, hold Caius off for as long as possible, maybe long enough to bump King’s. Ready to give our best efforts for our last race, we rowed up to the starting position with several good bursts along the way.
Our start wasn’t the best, tearing the water and splashing into the boat. Just as we were going around the first corner, disaster struck and our stroke man caught a crab in the first minute. Caius quickly closed the gap and the rest is history. The crew was disappointed and M3 ended the week with a bump.
Result: Row over
Ready for the last day of bumps, Queens’ M4 set out in much nicer weather conditions than the start of the week.
After a calm row up to the lock, we began with a clean racing start at high rate, aiming to slowly gain on and ultimately bump Pembroke M3 over the course. We pushed to within a length of them on the first half of the course, but after that they gradually pulled away, leaving us just trying to stay ahead of Homerton M2, which we did with no trouble and rowed over.
This marks the end of a good term for the Queens’ M4 boat, and we look forward to the next.
M1 set off well, close on station with the adjacent crews. Girton were bumped in the gut without producing any real challenge, so we were left to chase Clare; however, on this occasion some scrappy rowing made it hard to maintain rate and Clare pulled away on the reach leaving us to row over.
Result: bumped by Hughes Hall M1 on First Post Corner
After a day of cancelled racing (where QM2 had had an outing instead) the crew were restless and eager to go. However, due to a combination of unmissable labs, classes, and illness, the crew had four subs!
Having pulled out a length clear of Sidney on day 1 (even though they eventually closed back and bumped us) we were confident that if we went hard off the start, then we could do the same again and go for the bump back.
In bitterly cold, windy conditions, the bursts and practice start were heavier than usual and rated slightly lower at 38. We knew we had to up our game, and that this was going to be a race down First Post Reach.
Off the start we indeed picked up, clocking 41 even in the tough weather conditions. As planned, we quickly closed on Sidney gaining to within a length, and then to within three quarters. However, Hughes Hall were simply too strong a crew to be reckoned with and ground us down, eventually bumping us just short of First Post Corner, with Sidney still about three quarters off our bow.
The crew are disappointed but not disheartened – tomorrow we will have to hold off Pembroke M2 and go for the row over. It will be tough, but we’re confident that we can do it (with the full crew back in the boat!).
Result: technical row over (did not race)
Queens’ M3 had a great row up, possibly one of the best rowing we’ve seen all term. With several bursts and practice starts, the crew was hyped and ready for the race. The crew’s enthusiasm far outweighed the worsening weather conditions.
The team was focused and ready to give King’s trouble. Caius was going to be chasing us after bumping Sidney Sussex earlier today. We acknowledged that they were a formidable crew, but used that as motivation to bump King’s.
As we were paddling down to the start, umpires deemed the towpath too dangerous for bank parties and called the race off, with everyone rowing over.
Although disappointed with not racing, the team will be ready to race on Friday. If weather holds up on Friday, we will be chasing King’s and will be chased by Caius.
Result: Row over
After a disappointing first day of bumps, Queens’ M4 set out ready to race as the second last boat in the division. The row up was cold and snowy, and we arrived with 20 minutes to spare, spent desperately trying to keep warm before the race.
Our start was much cleaner than yesterday’s, and we didn’t feel threatened by Homerton M2 behind us as they struggled to catch up. We kept up with Hughes Hall M2 who bumped us yesterday, and soon after the start they caught a huge crab and we gained massively – but as we closed in to half a length they managed to recover and pull away. They soon bumped Pembroke M3, leaving us with Trinity Hall M3 in the distance ahead of us.
The rest of the race was spent keeping distance between us and Homerton M2, and we rowed over with plenty of space between us. Tomorrow we will chase Pembroke M3, and hopes are high for a bump.
Result: Bumped by Sidney M1 on Plough Reach
Queens’ had a good row up to the start and a very solid practice outside the Plough. Our plan was to race to First Post Corner – expecting to end up in a three boat sandwich with Darwin M1 ahead and Sidney M1 behind.
We started well, clocking rate 43. We quickly closed on Darwin and gained our first whistle before the motorway bridge. We kept closing and about halfway down first post reach we got a second whistle. Darwin then held us at about half a length for the next minute or so, before abruptly stopping and pulling in in the gut. With no one to chase, Queens’ started to falter and fade, and Sidney rapidly closed in. Coming around Grassy Sidney got to within a canvas, and although we briefly made a move and opened up clear water, they quickly won the bump outside the Plough.
It turned out that Downing M2 had crashed on First Post Reach on station 5, and hence Darwin had got the overbump on them. However Darwin hadn’t realised and so had kept racing until the gut. Queens’ made the case to the umpires that an extra minute of kill calls on two whistles had caused us to die, and ultimately allowed Sidney to close – however the bump stood.
Result: Technical row over (stopped right before motorway bridge)
Queens’ M3 had decent row up with several good bursts and practice starts on the way. We knew that Sidney Sussex were the sandwich boat behind us and our plan was to go for the bump (King’s) or row over, with slim chances of being bumped as Sidney Sussex had rowed over in the previous division and would have been well spent.
The crew was nervous but excited to race in our first ever bump. This showed in our first few strokes, which wasn’t our best performance. Just as we started to clean up our strokes around the first corner, a pile up 2 boats ahead of us stopped us in our path.
After a good amount of waiting, umpires decided that we would get a technical row over today as they deemed that we weren’t gaining on Kings fast enough for a bump. Sidney Sussex were also given a row over, while King’s and Fitzwilliam (the boat in front of King’s) re-rowed. King’s broke a blade during the re-row and positions have remained the same.
Queens’ will gun down King’s tomorrow and will be chased by Sidney Sussex unless they get bumped by Caius, which may very well happen.