May Bumps 2012 – Day 4 (Saturday)

M3 – Bumped Pembroke IV
W2 – Bumped Darwin II
M2 – Bumped Caius III, bumped Churchill II
W1 – Bumped Churchill I, rowed over
M1 – Bumped Magdalene I

M3 delivered on their promise to bump Pembroke IV, earning them their blades.

W2 got a technical bump on Darwin W2, who were too slow to be able to safely compete, ending the week with a result of up two.

M2 performed the rare feat of actually bumping back up. This time round, the race against Caius III was over in the gut, which is fairly decisive considering that the second station is not far from first post corner. The bump gave M2 such a confidence boost that their egos were found blocking the river, causing a stoppage for the entire division behind them. Not deterred by this, they rowed at the foot of the third division and bumped Churchill II to finish the week off level.

W1 bumped Churchill down the gut with the massive support from our marquee on first post corner spurring the girls on. For our gun we had a break in the wind (which was very strong and gusty all day) and could actually put in a fast clean start which let us gain on Churchill straight away, no holding back we powered all the way to the bump. Murray Edwards, behind, stayed on station and didn’t gain at all.
So, we were sandwich boat. They were running very behind due to protests that had gone on so we didn’t have much break as they were getting divisions to go as soon as they could. We were behind Peterhouse AGAIN! 4th day in a row. We predicted we’d have the whole course to get them again because Selwyn would get Magdalene in front. Which we did, Selwyn got Magdalene down first post reach where we were also getting whistles. We managed 3 whistles again near the marquee on first post corner but again couldn’t close in that 3 feet. Ending up first in Div 2 and sandwich boat next year, the luck of bumps was not with us this year resulting in 4 row overs and 1 bump.

M1 was out to give Magdalene their spoons, and at the same time bump up to the highest place graced by a King’s vessel since the 1960s. The conditions were pretty grim, with gusts of 40-50mph, but we had bumped Trinity Hall in poor conditions the previous day and knew we could hold our own. As usual, we didn’t really start gaining until about halfway up first post reach, and the very strong headwind in the gut certainly favoured the heavier Magdalene crew. However, the gut is short, and our lift out of grassy corner more than made up for the setback. Coming around Ditton, we hit Magdalene so hard that we took the Adrian Cadbury’s bowball off. This places us 13th on the river, and there’s no reason not to break through that next year.