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Keep track of our progress throughout the week here!
|Crew||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Overall|
|M1||Bumped Robinson M1||Bumped Queens' M1||Rowed over||Bumped FaT M1||+3|
|W1||Rowed over||Bumped by Clare W1||Rowed over||Bumped by FaT W1||-2|
|M2||Rowed over||Bumped by Pembroke M2||Rowed over as Sandwich Boat||Bumped by Hughes Hall M1||-2|
|W2||Rowed over||Bumped by Newnham W2||Bumped by Wolfson W1||Bumped by Clare W2||-3|
After a hefty paddle down to the marshalling zone, we were disappointed not to see W1 row over. As soon as we pushed off again the focus snapped back to our own boat and we nailed our practice start by the Plough.
With Robinson behind us looking for revenge, and Queens' having a tough year ahead of us the plan was to go off hard and hold on until we hit Queens'.
A clean start took us up to rate 42. The outflow rattled us a little, as expected, but we soon found a coherent rhythm at rate 39. The whistles came quickly after that, and we bumped shortly before First Post corner.
We started the race quite optimistically, thinking we had a good chance of bumping Sidney Sussex M1 after they got bumped relatively quickly on the first day. We had a solid start and pushed away from Pembroke M2.
Meanwhile we were steadily gaining on Sidney, getting to half a length. They were not letting them being defeated easily though and kept a steady pace.
By now, Pembroke had regained speed and were coming ever closer. We tried a few pushes, but it was not of much help. Soon there was overlap and after some blade contact our cox conceded.
The race plan for today was to go off hard and hold on, having seen Clare bump Emma yesterday, and having heard Kate’s praise for their finishes. We were also chasing Newnham again today after rowing over behind them yesterday.
M2 approached the first day of this bumps campaign with confidence, having prepared well throughout the term by training hard.
At the gun they wound up to a blistering pace with St Edmund's firmly in their sights. Seeking to capitalise on Eddie's mistake (pushing off diagonally), they surged forwards at rate 35.
Unfortunately it was not to be as Eddie's bumped Sidney Sussex M1 before First Post corner. Emmanuel M2 (chasing Christ's) were 3 lengths behind by this stage, a margin which was stretched to 10 lengths by the finish.
This afternoon we sat on the start line, ready to go, a term’s worth of training under our belts, having executed our best start of term on the way up to psyche out our opposition, and fuelled by pancakes and crunchy chocolate sauce from crew pasta. Ahead of us were Newnham the winners of Pembroke regatta, and chasing us were Emma – a relatively unknown quantity. We de-kitted at the 4 minute gun, pushed out with 30 s to go, and with the start cannon we were off.
Our bumps week started with marshalling in the rain, waiting for the third men’s division to come through. Then we were off to the lock, getting in a good rolling start on the reach and again along Plough reach. We parked at station 14, just round the corner before Baitsbite lock. For most of our crew this was our first ever bumps race. Everyone was feeling excited and a little nervous as Kate pushed us off the bank. When the final cannon went off we got our full start sequence in before catching a crab on first post reach. The girls recovered well and we managed to keep going.
We had the rare enjoyment of racing regatta-style on the cam on Saturday. The race is a 1 kilometer course, starting from the stumps at the top of the reach, and finishing at Peter’s posts at Chesterton. The weather on the day started with a strong headwind on the reach as we lined up on the meadow side against Caius W1 for our first race. We beat them by 1 second in Newnham regatta 2 weeks previously so we were excited to see how the race would end. Caius had a slightly more explosive start than us, but we held them and pulled it back before they moved into their advantage corner.
This race took place over the 2km stretch of river between the motorway bridge and the railway bridge. We were entered into one of the afternoon divisions, and the weather was surprisingly warm and sunny. The plan for the race was similar to that for Winter head to head, but was to hold a good rhythm at rate 32 throughout the race rather than rate 30. We had been working, prior to the race, on separation through the drive and a strong hips-through movement to increase the power through the drive.