The Club's Results
May Bumps 2001
The famous Cambridge University May Bumps on the River Cam
Wed 13th - Sat 16th June
Lower Boats Brighten a Tough Week
Congratulations are due to members of the men's 4th, 5th and 6th VIIIs for some great performances in their races in these May Bumps - the 4th VIII in particular would undoubtedly have won blades had they not been unlucky enough to be starting behind Homerton I! The women's 2nd VIII also came out on top in a great battle with Homerton II after an exciting row-over on day 1.
Higher up the club it has been a difficult week; our crews have fallen dramatically after a term disrupted by lower than expected turn out of much of the college's rowing talent, and illness.
The event was organised by Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs. At the bottom of this page there is a link to Cambridge weather. Club members, please go here to add (or correct) results, crews or race reports.
Bumped by LMBC
Bumped by Trinity Hall
This is not the most comfortable way to row a bumps race. Although bumps preparation has suffered set backs and problems this term, the determination showed today will be stepped up - a new level will be found to defend our new position tomorrow.
Bumped by Christ's
Bumped by Robinson
After just two difficult years, the May Boat lies just one place away from its lowest position ever. Good luck, John, for 2002.
1. Rounding Grassy
2. Some shocking rowing...
3. Moving in to Plough ...
Bumped by Girton
Bumped by CCAT
Bumped by Peterhouse
Bumped by Magdalene
1. Driving the boat dow...
2. At the Catch
3. First Post Corner - ...
Overbumped by Sidney Sussex
We sat there, totally quiet, pulled into the bank for what seemed like an age. On the way home Crawford passed us on his bike - Harding broke the bad news...
Despite the disappointing end result, we rowed reasonably well to achieve our highest sustained boat speed of the term, and the determination with which we rowed was inspiring.
Thursday: Chasing LMBC II, chased by Emmanuel II.
Bumped by Emmanuel II
Friday: Chasing Emmanuel II, chased by Caius II.
So, is it 44 tomorrow then John?
Bumped by Caius II
Saturday: Chasing Caius II, chased by Jesus II.
P.S. At least we avoided being hit by the scum by being overbumped on Wednesday.
Bumped by Jesus II
Tomorrow: Get pissed again.
1. Being close down by ...
2. Rounding First Post
3. Through the Gut
We were slightly unprepared for the gun, and as a result did not get quite as good a start as we would have liked, but we soon settled into a nice rhythm and prepared to bump Downing.
For quite a while there were screams from the bank telling us that Downing were fading and kippering and spannering, but despite this there were no hooters, and no stern to be seen!!
It then became apparent that in fact Downing had overbumped in front of us, and we then realised that a row-over was going to be necessary. Jesus took a very good line around the corners and gradually started to come up on us, and at the top of the reach they were only about a canvas away. We gritted our teeth and kept going, but their boat got ever and ever closer, as we both zig-zagged down the reach. They had overlap on us for a lot of the way, but due to Chris' excellent coxing and our determination, along with cries of 'you can do it, you are better than them, you are stronger than them!!' every time a bump seemed almost inevitable, we managed to pull away just enough to avoid it. After what seemed like forever, we were told that we only had 15 strokes to go, and we all gave it everything we had left. I don't think I have ever been more relieved than when I saw Simon Blackburn's arm coming down as our stern passed under the railway bridge, confirming our row-over.
Tomorrow we have the joys of whatever rubbish Downing overbumped down to us; we'll show them just what we're made of!!
As much as we pushed, we never really closed Homerton down to less than a length, except at one point past Grassy when apparently we were within 2/3rds length.
Once we were beyond the railway bridge, there was nothing chasing us at all, and we were still striving to catch Homerton up. However, in the end, the bump eluded us, and again we had an exhausting row-over right up to the line.
Tomorrow we have a fast Girton crew chasing who will be hoping to bump us, but if we start well and push away into Homerton, hopefully we'll be rowing home with greenery. :)
Bumped Homerton II
Well, this is going to be brief. We span at the lock on the 4 minute gun, prepared ourselves and were pushed out, ready to face the opposition.
We got a much better start than on the previous 2 days, winding to 43(!) - thanks Lara - and settled well. Pretty much as soon as we had settled into our race rhythm, our bank party were tooting their hooters. Despite a couple of minor mishaps (airstrokes, falling off seat etc - let's not worry about those), the hooters continued, as we reeled the Homerton boat in. First one hooter, then two, then three, then continuous, all in the space of under a minute, and before we had really started our race it was over with the wonderful sound of 'hold it up!'
Yes, we bumped!! Somewhere between the Motorway Bridge and First Post Corner. Yippee!!
Margot's bow unfortunately took a bit of a beating from the bank (sorry, Iain), but it was for a good cause. We adorned ourselves with greenery and had a nice relaxed row home - a much longer row home than we have been used to, but hey, that's bumping for you (I'm certainly not complaining). :)
Tomorrow, Girton II ahead of us (they overbumped today) will provide some tough opposition, but we CAN get them. If they happen to bump out before we've got them, we'll be going for the overbump on Pembroke II (I think). Bring it on!!!!
1. Rowing Over
2. First Post Reach
3. With Greenery - in t...
Bumped by Selwyn II
A glorious afternoon, a leisurely row and the thought of a pub stop on the way home were marred only by broken seats, rudders and riggers.
Still, our practice start could have been worse; the real one was. Rudely bumped by Selwyn II somewhere before Grassy, we at least were able to retain enough energy to make it back to the Fort St George.
The crew was v. disgruntled about having to row the whole course, not being able to stop off at the P&E made matters worse; post race debriefing had to take place at the Plough. Such is life.
Triple overbumped by Homerton
1. Smiling for the camera
2. Rounding Grassy
3. First Post Corner
A nice brisk row down to the start left us with only two minutes after we had spun before the gun went, but this was probably a good thing. Our start was very controlled considering it was the first day of the Mays, and we made some ground on the Homerton boat. However, our hopes of achieving a giant-killing over bump (and thereby in some sense gaining revenge on the PE teachers for all those laps of the playing field we were made to do at school) were ruined by the arch-enemy, Maggie 4. Yes folks, they were shit. They had all the grace and finesse of Bernard Manning and were equally inept at rowing. They were bumped just before Grassy, but luckily we had anticipated the occurance of just such an eventuality, and our practice row-overs ensured that we had the confidence to do what was now required. By the time Homerton bumped, we had moved considerably clear of Pembroke 3, and with the two boats ahead of us gone, it only remained for us to row over, which we did comfortably, with a ~15 length lead of Pembroke at the Railway Bridge. In order to save energy for the big effort on Thursday, we took the rate down, and floated gracefully and casually past all the admiring women's crews on the bank. At least I think they were admiring us... perhaps it was us that were admiring them. Anyway, Henry's call of "Looking good for the ladies" was greeted with mixed reaction from the bank.
Having demoralised Pembroke 3 by such a commanding victory - we were still increasing our lead even after we took the rate down - we should have no problems from them tomorrow, and will be able to concentrate on pasting the Maggie 4th boat. The only thing that could prevent us doing so is if Homerton send down someone feeble from M3, and LMBC hit them before we can bump. Should that happen, a repeat of today's race will follow.
Bumped LMBC IV
These problems plagued us throughout our practice start and race. We bumped, of course, but we did it badly.
Our main objective for the day having been achieved, our motivation appeared to flag, causing the paddling home to be even worse than what we'd seen so far. Tomorrow we do not have such an easy match, and will be required to do better if we wish to move up head of the 4th division (and beyond...). Fortunately, the raceplan plays to our strength, and I believe that if we pull ourselves together we should be able to do it, and row a race to be proud of.
Bumped Corpus II
Then a minor disaster struck. Four's (Neil's) shoe came off his footplate. If we couldn't fix this, we'd have to scratch! I for one felt quite sick at the thought. Fortunately, Iain managed to patch it up with some duct tape. We were, if possible, even more psyched than before.
Plenty of time to loosen up on the bank. Relaxed and focused in the boat. A good start: not perhaps the quickest we've done (and we heard later that Corpus moved away from us), but technical and sensible. The surge didn't really happen, but our cox Henry called another one straight after, and we settled into a good, sustainable rythm that would wear down the crew ahead slowly but surely.
An amazing first corner (as we were informed later) took off half a length of distance, and as we really got into the beat of it we just gained continuously on them. The hooters were late in coming, but we were encouraged by the bank party who told us to just keep going, just keep doing what we were doing. Two hooters in Ditton or so, three and four soon thereafter. At that time, Corpus folded and we had our bump! An amazing rush.
Now head of our division, we'd have to row again as sandwich boat in the third. I think we spent the break in between sensibly, and morale was good on the row down. We knew that the crews ahead were likely to bump out early (since Sidney had already bumped Magdalene on the first day, before being overbumped down by Homerton continuing their migration up the divisions), and we'd have to go for the overbump on Jesus III. It was going to be hard, but we hoped possible.
Rowed over as sandwich boat
There went our blades. It seemed appropriate that the rain started pouring down as we prepared to row home. It was in a subdued mood that contrasted strongly with the excitement after our first race that we brought the boat back to and into the boathouse.
Had we got them, we would have been starting behind our gents' 3rd VIII tomorrow, making for an interesting race as we would try to secure our blades and they avoid their spoons. Now, we will have to row over as head of the division in front of Corpus, which should be more challenging than on our first day, but hopefully not as painful as today's row-over. Then we should be able to bring Magdalene II down to the fourth division and make sure the 4th boat next year will start in the third.
All in all, this day really showed what the bumps are all about, with sunshine, rain, wind and thunderstorms making the weather as diverse as our luck. Although a slightly disappointing result, it's an experience I wouldn't be without.
Well, we knew we were in for a long hard row-over ahead of Corpus II, but the we were likely to cope better with the rain. In fact, I'd say that row-over was the best race I've rowed in (at least it felt that way). They gained about half a length early on, but we held them off, and as soon as we got into the reach we knew we had broken them. As we strode away, the Corpus coach could clearly be heard telling them "new race" as they were trying to avoid blade-hunters Clare. We won comfortably in the end, and Clare didn't get that close to Corpus, so the top three were unchanged.
Unchanged, that is, unless we could bump Magdalene II. Having been the boat semi-responsible for making us miss blades (although arguably it was Homerton for being too good) we knew we could get them, and they couldn't catch anybody ahead, so we had the whole course to do it.
Bumped Magdalene II as sandwich boat
1. A bit splashy, but m...
2. Stroke 5 ... Full Sq...
3. Chasing Magdalene fo...
Bumped by Selwyn II
1. First Post Reach
2. In First Post Reach
3. On First Post Corner
Bumped LMBC VI
The advice given to us by Neil was "it's not a forgone conclusion that you'll bump", which turned into "I really can't imagine that you won't bump" when he heard we were chasing a Maggie fellows' boat. The difficulty, though, was that we had quite a good crew behind us - Robinson III. They were sure to be better than us, but we had a good chance of catching LMBC VI first.
The start was a bit panicked - it was ok, but not as good as the last practice start on the way down. Robinson was slightly faster, and closed the gap to about one length, but we were bearing down on Maggie even faster. Neil's frantic cries from the bank progressed quickly though "one length!", "half a length!", "six feet!" and "four feet!", which I couldn't help hearing even though he'd told us before the race not to listen to the bank. I can't quite remember, but I think we had overlap just past the Motorway Bridge. We then seemed to take an inordinately long time to make contact, although I think in the end we bumped in under a minute. And we were righteous with the Lord.
The bank party presented us with a difficult choice of greenery - evil spikey twigs, or silly sticky stuff which brought Simon out in a rash within ten seconds.
Bumped Jesus V
Behind us were, of course, the weak Maggie boat we bumped the day before, so were weren't worried about any threat from them. Ahead were Jesus V who had been triple-overbumped, falling seven places to land in front of us. We were told this had been due to a crash, so we shouldn't assume that they were awful. However, they were. We started better than the day before, and we were all putting in more effort due to our belief that Jesus would be more difficult prey than LMBC VI had been. We caught up with them just past the Motorway Bridge. Despite clear overlap, the Jesus cox refused to concede - Kamil at bow took the only sensible course of action, and smacked her on the back with his blade.
After a little bit of chaos trying to get out of the way of a Caius boat, we set off on the row back, followed by our Jesus opponents. It was then that we could see how bad they were - they looked like a giant spasticated spider. Either that or they were trying to do a Mexican wave with their blades.
Tomorrow will be more difficult.
Bumped Fitzwilliam III
1. Chasing Fitz round G...
2. First Post Corner - ...
3. Near the outflow
We got within half a length to Addenbrookes when suddenly bow's seat went off - consequently forcing bow pair to drop out for about thirty seconds.
We surely didn't recover from that with respect to our bump but the boat behind us couldn't profit from that either - whoever they were...
Bumped by Jesus VI
At least we didn't get bumped before the motorway bridge.
As an overall summary, thanks to a double bump on Thursday we've produced a net bump for 1st&3rd gaining headship of the sixth division.
I've really enjoyed it a lot and, after all, it's been a good result given that these were this crew's first four outings ever.
1. Pounding up First Post
2. With Greenery - Firs...
3. Hounding Addenbrookes
We got off to an amazing start, the best so far, leaving Emma 6 miles behind. Our plan (or shall I say, Neil and Guy's plan) was to hold off Emma 6 for as long as possible and give a chance to the Trinity 7th crew in front of us, who were chasing Cats 5.
(Un)fortunately, this didn't quite work - our high-on-Redbull crew caught up with Trinity 7 within one minute. Due to technical issues with the coxbox, we failed to hold the boat up when the bump occured (before the motorway bridge!)...resulting in almost killing the Trinity 7 stroke and seriously damaging our own boat...d'oh!!
Great day for Trinity!! errr...
1. Derailment around Fi...
2. Bumping Emma
3. From the motorway br...
Bumped by Emmanuel V
Double overbumped by Wolfson III
In the end, past the railway bridge and just a few strokes from a row-over, we were double-overbumped by Wolfson III. It need not have happened, but we panicked when we saw them gaining and it all fell apart just before the finish line. Tragedy.
1. First Post Reach
2. First Post Corner
3. First Post Reach
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information, note that the results are unofficial.
Michell Cup points
|1st and 3rd||-26.73|
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