M1 – Bumped Clare!
We went into the final day of bumps knowing that, most likely, the Clare crew in front of us would bump out at some point along first post reach on a pedestrian Girton boat ahead of them so the plan was simple: hold off Robinson over the course and maybe have a go at an overbump… As with all things this week, it didn’t quite go to plan, but for once the luck was very much with us.
Off the start it was as fast and lively as it had been all week, but like yesterday Clare had an absolute flyer of a start, again gaining their first whistles after we had taken 5 strokes! This didn’t trouble us though, as Robinson were being held on station behind us and not making the same inroads they had during the re-row earlier in the week. Up first post reach the situation remained the same, Clare closing fast on Girton and Robinson sitting just under 1.5 lengths behind us. First post corner changed everything though – Clare decided to take an aggressively tight line around it resulting in their bowside having to try to row through the bank, and gifting back the advantage they had pulled out during the first part of the race. Will told us what had happened, and the response from the crew was electrifying, really moving on a Clare boat which had seen their bump or bust tactic backfire on them today. In the end, we closed the 2 length advantage they had over us in less than a minute as Will’s perfect lines around the corners showed the Clare cox how to do it, with them conceding the bump on grassy corner, in front of all the supporters who had come down to cheer us on.
Despite a week where luck and umpiring calls seem to have gone against us, we have been involved in some of the most exciting bumps racing I have ever seen this week and up 2 is still something to be proud of. A mention must also go to Robinson who we battled hard with all week and who pushed us onto the bumps in front!
W1 – Bumped by Churchill
W1 spirits were not shattered as we rowed down to the start line. It was tense… we were minutes from either spooning or a bump to regain some dignity. The canon went with an epic start getting three whistles on Peterhouse before the motorway bridge But as the week has proved to us the out flow is our enemy. The whistles died down and the obnoxious mass of pink started to encroach and alas we were bumped. But we are proud of our achievement of being just a little bit rubbish and held our heads high with the knowledge that if bumps were but 500 metres on calm water, Kings W1 would be Head of the River.