May Bumps 2016 – Wednesday – M2

M2 went into the first day of bumps confident and came out with our heads held high. We started fast, trying to chase down Caius M3 and pushed away from Downing M3 chasing us. Unfortunately Caius bumped Homerton M2 just before first post corner, which meant some rapid manoeuvring was required from Ruth to avoid Caius, who were sat in the middle of the river.

After a brief altercation with several trees on strokeside and a hasty reset we settled in for the long haul. Magdalene and Downing bumping out behind and a technical row-over for ARU gave us a clear river behind us so we pushed on for a possible overbump on a strong Eddies M2.

Despite slowly catching down the reach and Ruth’s ever-perfect lines we couldn’t quite draw them in fast enough and had to settle for a strong row-over.

We didn’t get the bump we wanted, but today we established ourselves as a force to be reckoned with on the river. Rowing over in style after some unlucky events early on can only give us confidence for the week ahead. Tomorrow our sights are set up the river on Homerton M2. We don’t plan on rowing over again.

May Bumps 2016 – Wednesday – M1

Today was always going to be a tough race for a determined Sidney M1. Chasing a confident Clare M2 we went in looking to create some pressure from stroke one – and that we did. Having been made to wait for Georgina we channelled that energy into an aggressive, yet controlled, start getting to rate 45 with the cover we usually get at 40 and as we came out of our stride we heard our coach, Silvia, shouting “inside station.”
Behind us Emma started well and held us into Grassy. However our powerful, committed, and technical rowing allowed us to open up a gap as we moved onto the Reach. Unfortunately Clare showed their class and were able to push us back with all three crews completing emphatic row overs
Tomorrow we find ourselves chasing Queens’ M2 and we will be looking for the same race again; cool, calm, collected.

The Team Spirit award goes to W1 for being the loudest crew on the Cam and lifting the crew as we passed the P&E