Having rowed over for the first 2 days of Bumps, W2 were hungry for some bumping action on Corpus on day 3. After a good warm up row to the lock with our bows on Maggie W2’s stern (the sandwich boat who would be chasing us) the whole way, we felt hopeful that we could catch Corpus W1 ahead.
Our start was the strongest and neatest yet, winding to around rate 43 then striding out gradually to rate 38 before eventually settling to around rate 36. Our rhythm was good but Corpus’ must have been too since we never managed to gain on them. We ended the race with a row over around 2 lengths behind Corpus, and Maggie far far behind us.
It was great to have so much support on the banks so W2 are very excited for the final day of Bumps. A change of tactics is planned in our last attempt to get some well-earned greenery!
Rowed Over Twice
We started at the head of the division, and after a good start, Fitz (behind us) were bumped out just after grassy. Catz were very close on their tails, and were slowly catching up with us. It was a fight right until the end, but we just managed to hold them off before we reached the green dragon bridge to end the race in a row over, and avoided the over bump.
It was then back to the p&e for the next division. After another collision and re-row, Homerton (just ahead of us) very quickly bumped out Clare. We then pushed hard, aiming for the overbump, but whilst we did make up some distance, it wasn’t enough, and we ended on a row over.
W2 were ready and raring to go on day 2 of Bumps. Showing off our skilled paused rowing to intimidate new sandwich boat Maggie W2 on the row up, our heads were focused on our task to improve on yesterday’s row over. Our practice starts were calmer and we controlled the rating better, so we felt confident as we pulled in at our station.
As the cannon fired our focus shone through with an improved start and more cohesion in the crew. We quickly settled into a strong powerful rhythm but were surprised that we could not hear any whistles! It turned out that Downing W2 ahead of us had gunned it off the start and ended up re-bumping Corpus W1 on First Post Corner.
However we didn’t let that dishearten us and we continued in our solid rhythm, settling around rate 34, all the way to the finish. Maggie W2 never posed any threat to us and we crossed the finish line at least 6 lengths ahead of them. Corpus W1, we have you in our sights!
Bumped by St Catherine’s W4
W4 were pretty nervous but hyped! Trinity Hall bumped us pretty comfortably yesterday and Catz were very fast so we knew it would be a tough one!
Our paddle up was some of the best rowing we have ever done. Our practice starts were strong so we were excited and ready for the race ahead.
We had a great start flying to our first whistle within seconds! Sadly we were quickly caught up by Catz, who caught up just before the motorway bridge.
We had a great row back and can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow – with no threat from behind we hope to steadily push onto the crews ahead.
Bumped Fitzwilliam W2 then Rowed Over
We started out with a strong start, immediately gaining on Fitz. We kept powering through, and bumped Fitz just after grassy after an impressive corner from Kristina closing the gap between us, with Lucy Cav still quite a way behind us.
We were now head of the division and so the sandwich boat, so we had to row back to race in the next division. Already tired from our previous race, we had a slow start, with Homerton II pushing ahead off the start. Only a minute into the race, we had to hold it up due to a collision further down the river and then restart from the railway bridge.
After a better start, we were at one point two whistles away from Homerton after a crab, but they pulled away and although we put up a good fight, we ended with a rowover.
Excited by this terms prospect of more than 2 days of bumps, W1 had a strong paddle up to station 15, executing a rapid practice start at the Plough to rapturous cheers from onlookers. With Pembroke in front and Jesus W2 posing little threat from behind, we were looking to secure a solid bump on day one.
At the cannon we flew off at rate 45, striding out to 40 before the motorway bridge and eventually settling at a solid 36. As predicted, we moved away from Jesus and onto Pembroke, pushing to almost a length away around First Post – however, Pembroke smelt blood with Fitzwilliam ahead and gradually pushed onto them, pulling away from us. The inevitable bumping of Jesus 2 also removed any pressure from behind, and we struggled to match Pembroke’s gains ahead. By the time we hit the Long Reach we were some distance away from our targets, who bumped out under the railway bridge leaving us with a row over.
Whilst not the result we wanted, we are approaching tomorrow’s racing with a fresh and more proactive gameplan to push onto Fitz and escape the new pressure of Homerton behind.
W2 had a solid row up to our start at the penultimate station. Aware that both Corpus W1 ahead and Clare W2 behind had achieved similar times to us at Champs Eights Head a month ago, we were unsure about how our first race would go.
Our nerves were apparent as the boat veered slightly to strokeside off the start and we came out of our winds at rate 45. Despite our excessively high rate we clearly had some decent speed since we immediately started gaining on Corpus and it was clear that Clare (who had just rowed over as sandwich boat in the W3 division) were not much of a threat.
Our first whistle on Corpus came just before the Motorway Bridge followed by a second halfway down First Post Reach. Keen to finish the job off, India called for a Jumps 10 where we took the rate back up to 39 and came close to 3 whistles. With our legs burning after such a rapid start we tired around First Post Corner and Corpus began to pull away from us in the Gut. We pushed out of Grassy Corner but sadly Corpus caught Downing W2 just before Ditton Corner.
We finished the race with a strong row-over, leaving Clare W2 far behind us. The adrenaline is now hopefully out of our systems so we are aiming for a quick bump on Downing W2 tomorrow.
Rowed over within metres of overbump
Armed with a steely determination and spare whistles, W1 rowed up for the second and last day of racing with a two-pronged plan; go straight for the bump on Tit Hall, and if they bumped out, aim for the overbump on Churchill. As the cannon fired, we went into a much more controlled start sequence, capping our wind at 40 and settling into a chunky rhythm. Initially we gained on Tit Hall, however they were gunning for a bump themselves and bumped out just after First Post. Immediately ‘Operation Overbump’ came into play, and we ramped up the power to start eating away at the water between us and Churchill, 6 and a half boat lengths away.
By the time we hit the reach we’d closed the gap to three lengths, and under the railway bridge we were on station – a jump call from India gave us our first whistle and the second came shortly after. Churchill seemed to be slowing down and an overbump looked like it was on the cards – however this was because we had in fact crossed the finish line, ending our race about half a length away from our targets. Although disappointed not to have sealed the deal, we were proud of our efforts and the distance we made up; it was a gutsy row and we really gave it everything! We celebrated in style with champagne and brownies at the boathouse and look forward to one last week of training as a crew ready for WeHorr next weekend.
Bumped by Downing W2 before first post corner
After a disappointing race on Tuesday, and race cancellations on Friday, W2 were determined to end Lent Bumps on a high. Chasing Jesus W3 and being chased by Downing W2, and in improved weather conditions, the team felt fairly confident to begin with. Being stationed under the bridge for the first time, the volume of the cannon took the crew by surprise. Though our previous race starts had been strong, there was a serious crab on the 3rd stroke of the start sequence meaning that a powerhouse pair had to drop out. The crab wasn’t resolved until 15 strokes in. Despite this, W2 gained half a length on Jesus W3, and the power calls from cox were met well by the crew. Nevertheless, timing was a bit off and starting effectively with 6 rowers meant that Downing W2 were able to rapidly gain on W2, concluding in a bump before first post corner.
Our goal for the last day of Bumps was a row over. After our third day of racing was cancelled, we were behind our latest bumpers, Emmanuel College W2, and we were chased by Homerton W2. Since Murray Edwards W3 failed to turn up, Emma only rowed just to get to their starting position for a bump, so unfortunately we didn’t even get the chance to bump them back. After they left the race course, we were giving all we had to pull away from Homerton, and hoped that they would get bumped. After a short scare of them gaining on us, we managed to leave them behind, and they crabbed as well, so Pembroke was able to catch them. After a short few meters of scrappy and happy rowing we got our heads back into the boat and finished the race with a steady 32ish rate, putting in all the effort that we could.