Lent Bumps 2017 – Tuesday – W1

W1 started their Lent bumps campaign strongly this year with a bump on Pembroke W2 in the middle of a four-boat sandwich with Darwin W1 chasing us and Pembroke chasing Robinson W1.

Our start was solid, but perhaps not as fast as we would have liked. Darwin were slowly gaining on us as we pushed off the railway bridge, but we could hear whistles in front and behind so we sat up and kept pushing ourselves along the course. Coming up to first post corner Darwin had two whistles on us and we were 3/4 of a length on Pembroke, when quite suddenly our cox was shouting for us to hold it up. We did so, and cleared in slight confusion. I could see that Darwin hadn’t hit us and so was hoping for a technical row-over, expecting that Pembroke had been forced to stop because of carnage ahead. After an agonising wait while our bank party conferred with the umpires, Camille confirmed to us that we had in fact been awarded the bump! It is rather unclear why Pembroke stopped rowing; possibly someone crabbed and they decided to easy to recover it. A poor choice, but one that worked to our advantage!

On Thursday we will be chasing Robinson W1, who Pembroke were closing on, so we’re hoping for another bump while Darwin clear Pembroke out behind us.

W1 would like to thank our bank party: captain Camille Lardy and boatman Tim Rhodes, as well as Sophie and Joscelyn from W2 for coming down to cheer as well. Special mention goes to our cox, Philip Wilkinson, who had to make the split-second decision to easy rather than crash into Pembroke, keeping us safe AND getting us the bump!

W1 after the race

Lent Bumps 2016 – Thursday – W1

W1 started off the day determined to draw on the positives from our previous race rather than dwell on the unfortunate result.

We started off our race with a fast start with the aim of pushing up on Emma W2 who had bumped us on Tuesday. Sadly it was not to be, as we were bumped by Jesus W2 before we could get to Emma, but as the photo shows we kept our technique and power all the way to the bump, and we don’t feel too ashamed to go down to one of the fastest women’s crews on the river.

In today’s race we will be at the top of a three-boat sandwich with Darwin W1 chasing us and Pembroke W2 chasing them. We’re hoping to bring the focus again and push off Darwin, then hopefully have another try at bumping Emma on Saturday. Come down to the river to shout for us if you can!

Lent Bumps 2016 – Tuesday – M1

M1 love bumps so much, they just had to row the whole course. With little pressure from Pembroke M2 behind, we had to settle in to our race plan and try to push up onto Queens’ M2. Sidney certainly didn’t let them have an easy race, and held them until the finish.

Special commendations to Alex Bathurst for masterfully navigating poorly clearing crews, and Jimmy Lei for the loudest kit on the Cam

Lent Bumps 2016 – Tuesday – W1

W1 would prefer to describe the race they thought they had rowed…

W1 were chasing Fitz W1 and chased by Emma W2, who were themselves chased by a very fast Jesus W2. Off the start we found ourselves in a double-decker sandwich situation: Jesus closing on Emma, Emma closing on us and us closing on Fitz. Although Emma came close to bumping, W1 put in an almighty effort, pulling away from Emma twice thanks to some beautifully tight corners and an excellent reset call. Emma were bumped by Jesus and conceded on Grassy Corner after steering for a bump on us and missing. After the massive effort evading Emma we dropped back a little and were unable to keep up with Fitz, taking off a little pressure towards the end of the race to save our strength for the next race. We arrived back at the boathouse elated and proud of the determination we had shown as a crew in holding off Emma.

Stop reading here if you don’t like sad endings…

Unfortunately, just as we were about to take a traditional post-race photo, a member of the Jesus bank party cycled up and informed us that we had in fact been bumped by Emma on First Post corner. The crew had not felt or seen this, and it had not been communicated to us or Emma, and hence we kept rowing through the course.

Whilst we are, of course, saddened that we were not awarded the result we felt we had earned, W1 have a lot to be proud about from this race. We put in a huge amount of effort for each other and kept our heads in a stressful situation. We hope to continue this into our next race on Thursday, where we seek our revenge on Emma.

Special commendations go to cox, 2 and 4 (Corin, Martina and Fola), who gave us an excellent Grassy Corner, allowing us to evade a (second?) bump from Emma.

Lent Bumps 2016 – Tuesday – M2

M2 started off SSBC’s bumps campaign in style with a bump on LMBC M4! They have their sights set on FaT M4 tomorrow, who failed to bump Queens’ M3 today.

Special commendations/commiserations go to Chris Radoux for cycling back to the boathouse on a flat tyre to fetch a forgotten life jacket, not quite getting back in time, and hence missing the first bump of his protégés. Luckily M2 procured one just in time at marshalling, and were allowed to race.

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