Lent Bumps Day 4 (2/3/12)

M1 – Bumped by St. Catherine’s M1

A much improved row by M1 today, however a drop in pace on first post reach allowed Catz to close significantly after what had been a rushed start for them. With them on our tails we lifted strongly several times through the corners but couldn’t make the pace stick and didn’t shake them off. We had a poor corner at Ditton, and were only saved by their cox’ awful attempt at steering for the bump, however they got us about 20 strokes later. Still not reaching our potential, tomorrow we have to prove we deserve our first division place.

W1 – Bumped Magdalene W1

So it was the final day of women’s racing today due to WeHORR on The Thames tomorrow. We finally had a bit of breathing space at the BH as Churchill had been bumped down to 2nd Div. Just us and Selwyn next to each other having crew chats waiting for the time to get into the boat. We were all a bit tense, hoping that we could get the bump on Magdalene and that Selwyn didn’t have a mental start.

Rowing up we did a good practise start to settle the nerves, although it was a bit windy and cold which had been unlike the last couple of days. In position 15 (Selwyn confused the whole div by parking in our position – they’d been there for 3 days so force of habit by the cox I suppose)!!
Being pushed out I tried to relax the crew as we all knew the start was what meant bump or not!

Bang: Better start then yesterday, blades were in water, always a good way forward! We got past our rhythm 10 and as we’d planned Roger called from the back for a lift which this crew has a speciality in. So we lifted it for 3 and power 10 to the motorway bridge to keep Selwyn off our backs.
They hadn’t really gained and apparently we were ‘nearly a length off Magdalene’. After another lift and power 10, Nicole was not letting us
settle today, we started to hear horns. I zoned out and concentrated on our row and when I took a glance at the boats behind it looked like Peterhouse had got Selwyn? We were clear from them anyway, so we had another lift and power 10 into the 1st post corner, 3 horns getting to continuous, Nicole took another tight line around the corner pushing Magdalene wide so that she could get a better line onto grassy. Another lift and power 10 off the corner, continuous and then 3 horns. I was willing the crew to keep down the power, we’d seen Selwyn just miss out twice on bumping this crew and we knew how much determination they had to keep off the crew behind. Lift and power into grassy corner, Nicole going mental, and then ‘Hold it up’!!! Looking behind Magdalene’s Cox had her arm up, ‘We’d got the bump and quickly’!! Having to pull into grassy corner apparently we celebrated too early – dubious umpiring! But hey we were all so happy!!

Then out of nowhere Selwyn, Peterhouse and Murray Edwards come tearing around the corner having to go wide around us! Later we hear that our horns were thought to be the sirens for a major collision up ahead and all 3 had held it up and then continued rowing and then they were made to restart – Drama from King’s AGAIN!!

Also, Magdalene were getting whistles on Maggie, they were close to their bump as well. Again King’s wipes a bump from another crew.

Up 2 overall (14th), back in the same place as we finished 2 years ago, solidly keeping our place in Lents 1st Div – Well Done.

M2 – Bumped by St. Catherine’s M2

Today M2 were looking to row over and set themselves up for a potential bump of FaT III on Saturday. Unfortunately the start was poor after a very conservative push out and St Catherine’s gained slightly on us. Towards the end of our start sequence we started to push away from them. They called a power ten and started to claw us back. The crew tried to push them away again but the rowing became scrappy as their inexperience started to show a little. As they came within a canvas a last ditch effort managed to hold them off a while longer until we made it to First Post Corner but couldn’t avoid the bump.