W4 May Bumps Day 4

Bumped Homerton W3

W4 were ready to bump and the crab gods will not get us today! Sadly Homerton were a no-show so although w3 knew we could get them we had to accept a technical bump. We were however given the chance to try and bump Wolfson 2 so we took it! We got them down to two whistles fairly fast but sadly they pulled aware along the straight and we didn’t bump but we made them work for their row over!
And hey we still Bumped!!

W3 May Bumps Day 3

Bumped by Lucy Cavendish W2

Very tired from the previous days but with lots of determination, we had a good start as head of the division. Lucy Cavendish started to slowly gain on us but we kept pushing hard. Even though our technique was clean, in the end Lucy Cav were stronger, and they bumped us just at the beginning of the reach. Although disappointing, we are still in a good position push back to top of the division tomorrow.

W4 May Bumps Day 3

Bumped by Homerton W3

W4 were ready for a long tough row as Homerton hadn’t turned up the day before so we were ready for a fast start to try and catch catz but Homerton W3 had returned!
We had a solid start but as always catz ahead bumped very quickly so we were looking for an over-bump but the crab gods had other ideas 1 giant 20 stroke crab pulled us in to overlap with Homerton but we pulled away with only 6 rowers showing everyone the true strength of w4. Sadly the crab was back with vengeance and this time Homerton W3 sadly caught us but we can’t wait to bump them back tomorrow!

W2 May Bumps Day 3

Rowed Over

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!

W3 May Bumps Day 2

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 May Bumps Day 2

Rowed 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!

W4 May Bumps Day 2

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.

W3 May Bumps Day 1

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.

W1 May Bumps Day 1

Rowed over

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 May Bumps Day 1

Rowed Over

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.