Race Results

The apex of college rowing in Cambridge. Great weather and boats chasing each other up the river with the objective to bump the one in front.

Men's First VIII

Day 1 - Bumped by Homerton

After a decent start the crew were closing on Girton (who they were chasing). However, they then saw that Girton had bumped out. Seeing this, the fire went out of the crew. This allowed Homerton to close on them. Excellent steering by cox Hazel and a push held off their first attempt for the bump. Unfortunately the second attempt closed the remaining gap and M1 were bumped on the exit of Grassy Corner.

To succeed tomorrow more psychological resilience will be needed.

Day 2 - Bumped by Peterhouse

Today was much better race. The crew were psychologically stronger and pushed hard. They closed up on Homerton until they were within a canvas. Unfortunately, this proved to a something of a mixed blessing: Homerton bumped out and the crew were impeded as the crew Homerton had bumped struggled to clear. They battled on but the boat had been stopped and Peterhouse rapidly closed in and bumped M1.

This is how bumps go: M1 did everything they could, had a great row and still got bumped.

Tomorrow they have to row over head of Divison 2. If they row like they did today then, with no other crews to get in the way, they will be able to row over.

Men's Third VIII

Day 1 – Row Over

The crew mustered at 1330 and we prepared morally and physically for the first Bumps Race. Only one crew-member had had the experience of rowing Bumps before. So the whole M3 was understandably excited, but also quite confident. Until the line-up, there was a lot of backing down to do by stroke who nearly forgot how to row in the usual direction. Out of the boat after marshalling, Emily nearly broke her leg, stepping into a hole in the ground. But the M3 Captain observed, that as a cox she does not really need her legs, anyway.
We were not allowed to do a practice start, which was in retrospective a disadvantage, as our practice start after the race was probably the best one, we had ever done. However, we got into place, de-kitted and got rid of our water bottles; First and Third M4 behind us, Christ’s M3 in front.
When we were pushed out and the cannon went off, we put together a solid, but maybe a little rushed start. After the whole starting sequence FaT M4 were already far off. Christ’s M3 was putting up a fight, but after a few 100 meters we were about to gain on them and they were not able to sustain their speed. Keen to do the Bump, a certain member of the crew, thought it prudent to have a look over his shoulder. This is, of course, a court martial offence and Jeff later pointed out, that he would personally shoot him, if he did it again tomorrow; surely, he won’t. But back to the race.
We were coming near First Post Corner and Emily was already out for Christ’s blood (I only saw the pun, when I wrote it down). But suddenly she said something like “wind it down”. No reaction in the boat. We had been told, if you bump, hold it up, if you are bumped, which was clearly not the case, row on to get out of the way. When Emily gave the order the third time, followed by a "hold it up", and the bank-party was shouting it, too, finally all of us stopped rowing. Looking dumbfounded at the bank-party and over our shoulders, we were told that the race had been stopped, because some crew in the upper part of the division had managed to park their boat across the river. First there were some rumours that we would do a re-row. But as Christ’s were offered a technical Row Over, they were so wise to take it. With no one to bump in front of us and a reputedly good Homerton M2 eager to over-bump us (which would, of course, not have happened) behind, we decided to call it a day and also accepted the Row Over. A little disappointed but with a good perspective to get our Bump the next day, M3 rowed back to the Boat House.

Day 2 – Bumped by Corpus Christi M2

After the fairly normal three draws of the start sequence, things started to go to the dogs on the wind already. Afterwards, it went from bad to worse: timing and balance went off, air-strokes and semi-crabs kicked in. When we were about to pull ourselves together, Corpus was already at our stern. Not even a Power 10 could rescue us and they bumped us before First Post Corner.
This was really not what we had in mind for the day. There is no excuse, but only the determination to do it better on Friday and show Cambridge, what we can do.

Day 3 – Bumped by Homerton M2

Being bumped is never a good thing. But while it was a fast Bump, it was an honourable one, notwithstanding.
After a nice crew lunch and the decision to just do some proper rowing today to make amends for the mess-up yesterday, we did just that. A proper start sequence and a sustainable rhythm afterwards were taking us to the Motorway Bridge. We kept the distance to Corpus and arguably even gained a little. But the doom was coming up behind of us. A ridiculously fast Homerton M2 was closing up fast. We did a Power 10 just at the Motorway Bridge. But the end of this also saw the Bump. Yet, not even the rough parking could make us disturb in the impression that we did our duty today and went down fighting, even if it was a short fight. As we know from the history books, even a defeat, if well-fought, can put spirit in soldiers and people. So, the 3rd Men’s Battalion of the Black And White Army looks with restored confidence forward to the last day of May Bumps.

Day 4 - Bumped by St. Edmunds M2

The day did not start well. When we were just pushing off at the Marshalling Point, we were asked by the Marshall, where our cox's life jacket was. This ridiculous rule nearly cost us our right to start. As we had no bank party at this point and no phones, we had to paddle to the start and just hope to get a spare one from some other crew. In the end, we had 3 of them, as some nice other crews gave us their spare ones and someone from our Club cycled back to get another one. Needless to say, that this left some psychological traces on the crew.
Notwithstanding this, we did a proper start and were still confident to fend off Eddy's to the end. But this was not our day. A few strokes after the wind, one of our crew members catched a crab. We did not give up, but Eddy's was quickly at our stern. Bump!
Clearly not the result, we had envisioned; as for the whole of May Bumps. But the main part of the crew took that as an encouragement to keep up training to become better rowers and take revenge next year.

Women's First VIII

Day 1 - Bumped by Lady Margaret

After an extended marshaling period, W1 committed to a powerful warm-up row to our station that impressed everyone, sticking to LMBC's stern like glue. The start that had been honed over the previous week suffered some lack of unity, but the crew came back together on the stride. Some 20 strokes in, Martin called that we were going up on Queens' but fell silent soon after. As Lady Margaret crept closer, the drive remained strong but the tension led to shortened strokes and a corresponding drop in surge. Despite power tens heading into First Post Corner, Maggie bumped midway through it.

Day 2 -- Bumped by St Catharine's

Determined this time not to let nerves get in the way of what we know how to do, our start was much calmer and the the row a much better one. As St Catharine's threatened, we remained long in our stride for a longer time, though ultimately caving to the tendency to shorten up when the bump seemed imminent. The bow ball came very close to Izzy, but she drove us forward toward Grassy Corner. Catz let up and pulled over. Yet the umpire nearest our bank party had only been saying 'not a bump yet' and then fallen silent, leading one of our coaches to believe we had been given a magical bumps opportunity to escape Scot-free. Consequently, we rowed around Grassy at full steam before the error was detected and we pulled aside. Though the bump was disappointing, the extra row helped lift spirits and remind us what we still had in reserve.

Day 3 - A hard-earned row-over

The plan for this race was to stay ahead of Girton until an upward-bound Peterhouse could remove them from action. We executed our start well, and by 30 strokes in, Martin was calling that we were a length off St Catharine's. Girton drew too close for comfort approaching First Post Corner, attempting to take an inside line for the bump. However, Izzy steered us safely around and we opened up more clear water heading for Grassy. The fight continued, aided by strategic power tens and the call to 'do it for the crest!'

Entering Plough reach, the crowds on the banks roared for Hall, and Martin whistled and shouted that we were now only 3/4 length off Catz. By this time, Peterhouse had managed to emerge from the distant horizon and began to threaten Girton. We witnessed that bump (though not, of course, looking at anything outside our own boat) just as we came into Ditton Corner. With the relief of this development, the crew relaxed somewhat, allowing Catz to gain some distance as we turned onto the reach. Once reminded that we actually had a chance to get some greenery -- and assisted by the sight of Selwyn still rowing over behind us, we perked back up and pushed down the reach. Once updates on Catz stopped coming, the row-over became more workmanlike but still a strong racing piece of work to the Railway Bridge.

In the words of our cox coming down the reach, 'Catz, we are coming for you.'

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