M3 began Bumps chasing Churchill III. The crew made a strong start, and easily held off Homerton III who were bumped coming out of First Post Corner. Churchill also bumped up ahead coming out of Grassy. What was looking a solid row over was nearly undone by a huge crab from stroke who was struggling with his footplates. An amazing recovery under pressure meant that the crew managed to limp over the finish line a quarter of a length ahead of Darwin.
A poor start meant that Pembroke IV bumped M3 early, coming round First Post Corner.
Homerton III behind were again bumped out early. A somewhat panicky start meant that Pembroke IV opened up a four length advantage, but this was pegged along the Reach, resulting in a second row over.
Despite the best start of M3’s Bumps, the crew was caught quickly by a blading Caius crew, still in sight of the Motorway Bridge.
W1 start bumps chased by Homerton and chasing Fitzwilliam. Homerton take themselves out of the race early with a broken rudder, leaving W1 gaining ground steadily on Fitzwilliam who unfortunately bump out on Ditton Corner, calling for some impressive steering to avoid carnage. W1 finish the course with a strong row-over, ready for tomorrow’s race.
W1 have a strong start and gain a length and a half on Murray Edwards with an excellent racing line round grassy corner, and have overlap in front of the Plough, where the Murray Edwards cox refuses to concede and put up a strong fight. However, obstruction ahead causes confusion and Murray Edwards hold it up as W1 are on the point of a bump. The bump is debated by the umpires and appealed by Murray Edwards who claim obstruction, but it is eventually decided that Trinity Hall will be awarded a “technical” bump.
After Thursday's dramatics we went into Friday with the goal of having a nice strong row. With this in mind, we paddled up to the start really focused and ready to row well. As soon as the cannon fired, we wound it up and settled into a strong rhythm - prepared to row for the long haul if Selwyn W1 gave us a challenge. We earned our first whistle by first post corner and and we powered into grassy with Selwyn holding us at half a length. Ellen's tremendous coxing round grassy earned us 3 whistles and as Ellen called for a final push, the crew responded allowing us to close the remaining gap and bump up on Selwyn just before the plough.
W2 row-over after a strong start, staying on station with Caius before the crews ahead bump out by the Plough. First and Third bump out a little later, leaving the crew able to finish the course with a strong and clean row-over.
Another row-over from W2, chasing Murray Edwards. They held on station until Ditton corner, where Murray Edwards pulled away, with W2 pulling away from the chasing Emmanuel crew as well. A confident row-over overall.
W2 chase Murray Edwards, and with a clean start they gain half a length before the Plough, where Murray Edwards bump Christ’s. They remained on station with the chasing Emmanuel, who are bumped beyond the railway bridge, leaving W2 to finish the course with their cleanest row-over yet.