We did it again! Bumped Eddies M2 in the Gut.
After our bump yesterday we had a Homerton crew keen for revenge but we left them clear in our wake as we pushed on up the river. A fast start from Eddies allowed them to hold station initially but we slowly but surely reeled them in, earning a whistle as we approached first post corner. From there their fate was sealed, a lift from within the boat and another textbook line round first post from Ruth mea…nt that by the time we’d got to ‘The Gut’ we had already got to within three whistles. We pressed on and sealed the bump well before grassy.
A strong row from all. Zach kindly kept his expletives to himself today, maybe something to do with his future in-laws watching. Bring on tomorrow where we’ll be chasing Catz M3, hoping to complete a triplet of bumps.
Thursday was a disappointing day for a fiercely competitive Sidney M1. Chasing Queens M2 to become sandwich boat we always knew we were in with a chance. On hearing the cannon we made an explosive start quickly opening a gap between ourselves and Emma and, more importantly, gaining on Queens.
Shortly after our stride, as we came into first post corner, we heard our first whistle. In the Gut we were at three quarters. As a crew we started to believe. Unfortunately an outstanding Queens crew had other ideas and they resolutely held us at three quarters for the Plough Reach. Performing well under what must have been immense pressure from behind Queens responded to our pushes and kept us from getting that elusive second whistle.
We fought valiantly all the way up the Reach and whilst we could be accused of getting a little scrappy in our desperation we could not be accused of giving up. Both crews crossed the finish line approximately on station and completely exhausted.
Tomorrow we will chase Queens again, knowing we can put pressure on them from the start and hoping that this time we will be able to break them.
The United We Stand award goes to all of M1 for lifting each other after a disappointing result and the resolve to come back stronger on Friday
We did it, we got the bump!
After a strong start we gained on Homerton M2 early and had whistles before first post while Magdalene M3 were left dropping back behind. Yet again Ruth expertly navigated clearing crews as we were pushed wide round first post and a strong push down the gut got us within half a length.
Ruth’s tight line round grassy got us within touching distance and before long we were hearing the continuous whistles of overlap before finally sealing the bump outside the Plough, just in time for our Bowman Tom to give a full race breakdown live on Cam FM.
Tomorrow we look up the river chasing Eddies M2, our strong performance on Wednesday chasing an overbump on them making us confident for tomorrow.
Lastly we would like to apologise on behalf of the ‘Baby of the Boat’, who despite being a Languages student, was unable to find non-explicit vocabulary to celebrate our bump. He was appropriately berated by our Boatman