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May Bumps 2016 – Saturday

M1 – Bumped by Magdalene

The final day of Bumps was upon us, and (for the second time this year) the spoons were out to get us. Could we pull something out of the bag? Could we row the race we knew we had within us? We had shown at MET Regatta (the previous weekend) the ability to improve exponentially in a short period of time. However, our results this week told us that while it might be possible to cram for exams and still make the grade, having a term off rowing and cramming for Bumps results in a painful four days of rowing.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2016 – Friday

M1 – Bumped by Selwyn

By the third day, the mood had changed distinctly in M1. The previous evening’s chat-down had about as much joy as a funeral procession. As we got warmed-up on the ergs before today’s racing, there was once again joking and laughing. The catalyst in this transformation was, no doubt, Billy Joel’s classic: “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, which was blasting out of the CD player during our warm-up. The irony was that, alas, we DID start the fire – in fact, it was completely our own fault! It had been burning for about 5 weeks now, from the moment half of the crew decided that they couldn’t row and the VIII had to be abandoned.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2016 – Thursday

M1 – Bumped by Emmanuel

Today we had a crucial race on our hands – our best chance at avoiding being bumped by quick crews coming up (Selwyn & Magdalene) later in the week. Emmanuel were behind – a crew who we felt evenly matched with. Peterhouse had caught us sleeping yesterday and we were determined not to let that happen again. It felt tense during the warm-up on the ergs – everyone had a different way of coping with the nerves; some listened to music, others laughed it off. We all knew how big this race was for us.

We had a solid row-down to the start.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2016 – Wednesday

M1 – Bumped by Peterhouse

It was the first day of bumps and the nerves were evident in the boat as we rowed down towards the motorway bridge on our warm-up. In comparison to Lent Bumps earlier in the year, we could have a more extensive warm up due to having much better facilities in our newly built boathouse – rather than just a Portakabin, which allowed us to feel more prepared. The sun was out and the conditions were optimal with a slight tailwind in the direction of the race. We knew going into the day that Clare, the boat we would be chasing at eighth on the river, were having a very good term and looking to be one of the fastest boats on the Cam.… Continue Reading

May Bumps Summary 2016

Crew Wed Thu Fri Sat Overall Final Position
M1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4 13th in Division 1
W1 0 -1 -1 -1 -3 2nd in Division 2
M2 -1 0 0 +1 0 4th in Division 4
W2 +1 +1 0 +1 +3 3rd in Division 4

M1: [Bow] Conor Bacon, [2] Neil Paul, [3] Joe Gaffney, [4] Jack Wright, [5] Adam Townson, [6] Olivier Sluijters, [7] Chris Jones, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine, [Cox] Will Miller, [Coach] Chris Smith, [Boat] Adrian Cadbury.

M2: [Bow] Leo Paillard, [2] Aleksei Opacic, [3] Jacob Toop-Rose, [4] Kaamil Shah, [5] Lewis Couch, [6] Daro Nakshbande, [7] Jamie Brown, [Stroke] Hrutvik Kanabar, [Cox] Charles Connor, [Coach] Chris Braithwaite and Will Miller, [Boat] Vicky Wade.… Continue Reading

Getting on Race (Mays 2016) – M3

King's M3 after the race

The Getting on Race (GoR) was the first race that the present M3 had competed in. The crew was made up mostly of novice rowers who had only started in Easter term. Despite this, with lots of help from soon to be men’s captain, Neil Paul, they had progressed and improved phenomenally through the 8 weeks; and with every outing kept getting better. (As Joe Gaffney would put it ‘Gains’)

However, in order to get on to the May Bumps Races M3 had to qualify for division 6. The GoR was on the 3rd June, and saw King’s M3 compete against 34 other crews for one of the 17 spaces in division 6.… Continue Reading

Fairbairn Cup 2015 – King’s Alumni ‘MLegend’

Enthusiasm for the Fairbairn cup amongst KCBC alumni was at an unprecedented level this year and before Chris Braithwaite could even begin his annual grooming of recent graduates the 2012/13 M1 crew decided to reunite.

So it came about that on the evening of Thursday 3rd December, as the current M1 finalised their mental and nutritional preparation for the culmination of a hard term, several early-career professionals and PhD students turned up and interrupted them with outdated banter fuelled by whiskey and observations of unwanted weight gains.

‘MLegend,’ as they arrogantly dubbed themselves, had a combined rowing experience of decades as well as first division blades (and spoons), university medals, HRR qualifications and Paddy’s achievements back in M2.… Continue Reading

Bedford Eights and Fours Head – King’s W1

As this was the first-off Cam race for much of the crew, and one of our first at all together as the Lent W1 squad, there was an air of great excitement as we set off to Bedford on the Sunday morning. After remembering that we needed to bring blades with us, and managing to correctly catch the coach to Bedford, we made it in good time to assemble the boat and eat our usual pre-race banana fuel up. The weather was cool but sunny and we had a leisurely paddle up to the start line, which gave us a change to familiarise ourselves with the course and the various bridges and markers to guide us en-route.… Continue Reading

WEHoRR – King’s W1

For many of us in W1, WeHoRR was the first time we had ever rowed on the Tideway, which was both exciting and nerve-wracking. Our host boat club, Vesta, was near the finish so we had a semi-leisurely paddle to the start which allowed us all to become familiar with course. Marshalling was a slow process and which wasn’t helped by a freak five minute hailstorm which momentarily blinded the cox! But after a morning of cloud and the occasional shower when it was finally our turn to spin and race, the sun had come out. After a rolling start beneath Chiswick Bridge we crossed the start line at a maintainable 34 strokes/minute.… Continue Reading