M1 May Bumps Day 4

Rowed Over

Saturday saw the conditions make a turn for the worse with a strong headwind for most of the course. Jesus ahead of us quickly caught a spooning Peterhouse leaving clear water in front of us. Robinson closed in on us by first post corner but were struggling to cope with the wind. As they closed, we knew from the previous days races that we could confidently hold them off and the further down the course we got, the more Robinson appeared to lose heart. King’s closed in on Robinson around grassy and they clearly couldn’t handle having a crew that close so they soon crumbled, being bumped around Ditton. We then rowed over with both crews either side again bumping out. Overall we moved up one position which is the joint best position for Queens’ M1 since 2008!

M2 May Bumps Day 4

Bumped by Christs M2

For the final day of the campaign, M2 finally found themselves with somebody to chase. Starting second in division 3, we were ahead of Christs 2 and behind Clare 2 – who we’d already failed to catch twice. However with fresh legs we knew that today would be a different game altogether, not having rowed a race already.
The plan was to secure a row over and take the opportunity to bump Clare if we had it.
We started well at 42, settling into a rhythm passed the thunderous noise of the Pimm’s Tent. Christs were moving but not that quickly, and we thought that we’d be able to hold them off. However they kept moving at a steady rate, and a killer line from their cox gained them a quarter length around Grassy. We held them at a quarter length up Plough Reach, but around Ditton we were forced to go out wide to avoid the bump, and a clash of blades half way around the corner saw the end of our race.
It was a disappointing way to end the week, but we were all very proud of what the crew had managed to achieve over the last two years and particularly of our row on Thursday ahead of Maggie M3. We celebrated with the traditional swim outside the boathouse, before heading off for bumps dinner!

M2 May Bumps Day 3

Bumped by Emma M2

Once again M2 were starting at top station in division three, hoping to row over. However this time we were being chased by a very fast Emma crew, already up 4 and looking like a strong contender for blades.
Having pushed off Maggie M3 from a third of a length yesterday, we knew that today’s race would be similarly tough and were ready to do the same again. We started well, but unfortunately it quickly became clear the Emma were simply too strong for us. They rapidly closed and completed the bump after just over a minute, coming around Grassy corner, making it unlucky number 13 for M2 row overs as sandwich boat.

M1 May Bumps Day 3

Rowed over

Robinson were feeling robbed of a bump from Wednesday and so were keen to set the records straight. However we weren’t going to go down easily. They gained on us at the start and closed to half a length by grassy corner. The crew stayed perfectly relaxed as we knew from the day before that we could hold a position like this. The gap closed even further through Ditton and they had overlap on the reach. We still stayed in our rhythm and were confident that we had the speed. Eventually we pulled out to half a length and they soon fell away to a length for us to row over. I’m sure those on the bank were quite tense at points!

M3 May Bumps Day 2

Bumped by Churchill M2

A faulty coxbox (bad workers blame their tools, we know) and a shaky start gave Churchill an early whistle. Despite having entirely failed to park on the first day, to the point where they simply decided not to and sat on the wrong side while the W3 division took place, it turns out that Churchill M2 have some legs on ’em, and despite our gaining a whistle on Trinity Hall M2 in front of us (rather depressingly for most of us our first whistle in bumps), a minor crab and general sloppiness in the face of an advancing foe led to a fairly conclusive bump.

M1 May Bumps Day 2

Rowed over

Selwyn were clearly not happy with the previous days result and so came off the start extremely fast, pulling away from Robinson behind and moving in on us. FaT ahead were clearly faster than us and quickly moved away. Selwyn moved in to around half a length through the gut but we didn’t let them an inch closer. Out of grassy we started to move away and Selwyn lost heart, eventually being bumped by Robinson coming out of Ditton. After that we rowed over with both crews either side of us having bumped out.

M2 May Bumps Day 2

Race 1 – Rowed Over

After a tough day yesterday, QM2 was ready to do it all again. This time being chased by Maggie M3, we were all a bit concerned after watching them very quickly catch Catz yesterday. However we’d built a bit of confidence after day 1, and our row up was improved.
Into strong winds we decided to fit clams, and off the start we hit rate 42. Quickly we settled into a rhythm, but Maggie closed and closed fast. Around First Post Corner, they were within a length and closing. A disastrous line around Grassy (with blades inches from clipping the outside bank) allowed them within a third, and at this point something clicked. Our pre-planned walk away call came out of the bag, and boy did we walk away.
By the time we reached Ditton, we were back on station, and as we came onto the Reach we were all very happy that we’d fitted the clams! We opened up more and more space, until eventually Maggie were overbumped by Emma, about three and a half lengths off our stern. We took it down to 28, then 24, then 20, and crossed the line comfortably – celebrating as though we’d just bumped!

Race 2 – Rowed Over

Unfortunately Clare had failed to catch Darwin yesterday, meaning we were chasing the same crew, and so we knew the job at hand was a very tough one. We decided to race to First Post, and take stock there.
A very strong start meant that we stayed on station in the early phases of the race, and indeed the first minute or so felt fresh and strong.
However the fatigue of three row overs started to set in, and we dropped back. Around First Post we were still in contact, and so kept going. However by the time we were around Grassy we’d dropped back significantly, and decided to wind down and paddle home at rate 18 – for row over number 12 in a row.

M3 May Bumps Day 2

Bumped by Churchill M2

A faulty coxbox (bad workers blame their tools, we know) and a shaky start gave Churchill an early whistle. Despite having entirely failed to park on the first day, to the point where they simply decided not to and sat on the wrong side while the W3 division took place, it turns out that Churchill M2 have some legs on ’em, and despite our gaining a whistle on Trinity Hall M2 in front of us (rather depressingly for most of us our first whistle in bumps), a minor crab and general sloppiness in the face of an advancing foe led to a fairly conclusive bump.

M3 May Bumps Day 1

Rowed Over

A strong start allowed us to hold our own against a rapid Magdalene M2 in front, but they quickly bumped off, leaving the river in front clear as we all settled in for a full bumps course. To our rear, Fitz M2 threatened to make gains but we stayed calm, and they were soon bumped off by Churchill M2, leaving only Jesus M3 to attempt an overbump. In a feat of hubris, we briefly went down to rate 28 to conserve energy, but as Jesus veered into sight around the corner we decided that may not be the best approach, and carried on to a successful row over.

M1 May Bumps Day 1

Bumped Selwyn

Starting at 12th on the river, we made a slightly wobbly start and Robinson quickly pulled in a length on first post reach. However once we hit the race rhythm we knew we could produce we held them at a fixed distance and started work on reeling in Selwyn. As we pulled in to a length from Selwyn, their bowman caught a crab on first post corner and we bumped them soon after producing the first bump for M1 in three years. Things are looking up!