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Lent Bumps 2015: M2 Day Four

As it turns out, Churchill were even faster than Clare.

We had another pretty reasonable start, and had a great push around first post, but going down the gut, Churchill inched nearer and nearer. Our kill bought us a few seconds, but their higher power output meant our fate was sealed as we headed around grassy.

Tash did a great job coxing under tough conditions yet again, and she held off the concession as long as was feasible, but soon contact was made and we were left to pull in. Credit to the very fast Churchill crew, it was a great effort.

I have really enjoyed captaining M2 this term, and we are all looking forward to training over Easter, and coming back even stronger for Mays. Also, shout out to our fantastic coach, Simon Wright, for which this is his last full term in Cambridge. We wish him all the best.

Till Mays! #ForTheWheel

Lent Bumps 2015: W2 Day Four

Alas, it wasn't to be. It was windy and we didn't fancy the rowover so we thought we'd sprint off the line and see if we could get Murray Edwards on First Post Reach (after all, everything seems to happen on First Post Reach these days). Unfortunately the dent we made on Murray Edwards wasn't close to the dent Darwin made on us, and they got us (on First Post Reach). The Darwin crew were strong; I think they would have bladed had we not escaped them on day 2.

All in all it's been a good term for W2. Getting on was an achievement in itself and winning the club's only bump this week was nice. In the lowest divisions it is very hard to gain any momentum due to the number of chaotic variables (crabs, gates coming undone, seats coming off...). W2 should be very proud of themselves, particularly those (the majority) who have only been rowing a matter of months. I look forward to W2's triumphant return next term in the Mays!

Lent Bumps 2015: W1 Day Four

We Spooned.

I guess it was seen. Despite the valiant effort from my girls Pembroke had us at First post.

You could take that as an unsuccessful bumps campaign. You could say we didn’t do very well and weren’t a very good crew. I say the complete opposite. I say that it was one of my favourite bumps campaigns. I have spent a wonderful term with some wonderful girls. We gave it our all! And spoons or not, no one can take that from us!

The row today was short and bitter-sweet. A gutsy start and a short sprint did not hold Pembroke off. Churchill had promised us that they would get them but failed miserably! I think Pembroke had smelt the bump unfortunately.  Cucbc knew something exciting was going to happen as they stationed their chief umpires on our bump pair... probably useful as Pembroke forgot to clear (I think we have this effect on people).

I have to say it was the best row home (of course we didn’t swap cox and stoke or do anything else we shouldn’t....). By this stage it was all about just having a bit of fun. Some well earned booze at the Boat House and some memorable pictures topped off Lent bumps. And now we have BCD to drown our sorrows (I also hear talk of some wooden spoons being purchased).

Lent Bumps 2015 - M1 Day the Third

 

The best laid plans of mice and men….

 

So they say anything can happen in Bumps, they say it correctly. As the sun rose on the third day of bumps, we awoke with a firm plan in our heads and fire in our hearts, ready to right the wrongs of the previous outing. Sadly one of our number also awoke with a bothersome pathogen in the stomach. So it was our gallant (and some might say dashing) captain went on the search for non-viral rowers, a challenging task with rowers dropping like flies to disease. When all seemed lost a hero emerged, an old hand at the rowing game stepped up and was counted.

 

Our plan unperturbed by the situation, we went off the line like the proverbial hare, one chance to knock not-so-politely on the stern of Kings or bust. A tortoise however is not the metaphor anyone would use to describe the Robinson crew behind us. Despite a song worthy effort put in by each and every man in the boat, we were simply outmatched and conceded.

 

Although not the outcome we had hoped for, we were again left pleased with the performance we put in, and prepare for whatever the last day of our campaign has in store.


M1 on the row up

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