The Club's Results
May Bumps 2002
The famous Cambridge University May Bumps on the River Cam
Wed 12th - Sat 15th June
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Rowed the course looking for the cheeky overbump, and a bit of firm pressure practice, and established a good rhythm to take into tomorrow's race
Bring on Binson -- amusingly they missed Tit Hall today.
Bumped by St. Catharine's
Nothing else to say. Gutted.
1. Rounding first post ...
2. At first post corner
3. In first post reach
Bumped by Magdalene
Bring It On.
Tomorrow we intend to end on a high and use some of the agression we had today to find a bump on Robinson tomorrow. A fantastic row which showed total class. As before - Bring It On.
The row home was fantastic - champagne in the boat, cheering from the bank, greenery in your hair and smiles all round. For the first time I was actually quite sad that the Bumps were finishing and desperately wanted another couple of days racing just to get us back into W1 and maybe finish some business with Magdalene. However, it isn't to be so next year's crew will just have to settle the score.
In conclusion: one of my favourite days on the river and a fabulous way to end the year on the Cam.
1. In first post reach
2. First post reach, fr...
3. First post reach
Bumped Jesus II
Our start went pretty much according to plan, the annoying wash from other boats messing us up a bit but not too badly. What was unexpected, however, was that in the bowseat it is virtually impossible to hear anything the cox is saying. Hmmm...as a result I just guessed that I was meant to row hard, especially as Queen's II closed dramatically down First Post Reach.
Coming round the First Post corner it was evident that Queen's were about a metre off bumping us...hmmm...time to pull hard again! After some damn good steering by Sam we shrugged them off and they faded away to ultimately be bumped by Wolfson. Very good row by them though.
After ditching Queen's it was done to catching Jesus II. We seem to have them 1/2 a length for ages, until at least on the Reach the gap closed. Overlap, several kill calls (apparently) and desperate one-man pushes from the bowman followed with no visible effect.
Finally, we got them just after the Railway Bridge before Morley's Holt, yours truly being so elated that he stuck his hand in the air - clearly forgetting that he wasn't coxing this race. :) LMBC II tomorrow (I think)...
It had been a non-ideal warm-up for the race: passable, but a bit nervy. Our fears were put slightly to rest by a good practice start by the
plough, and it remained to prove what we all knew that we could do.
We had a reasonable start, closing upon Jesus and getting an early hooter. However, it was at this point that it became apparent that Queens, knowing we were faster, had decided upon a one-and-a-half minute race plan, aiming to "do or die".
To give them credit, it nearly worked, with them closing to about a canvas at first post corner; however, they hadn't taken account of us being made of sterner stuff, and holding them off, Sam displaying some great coxing all the while. Down the gut, they were giving everything they had to just not have us pull away, and blew up rather soon after, being 1-2 lengths away at Ditton, and 5-6ish lengths back when they were bumped by Wolfson who had a rather more sensible race plan: a good attempt that we felt throughly deserved the three cheers that we gave them after the race.
During this time, we had closed to about half a length off Jesus at Ditton. Their wily cox then proceeded to urge his crew on to greater and greater things, convincing them to give their all and then some. This, and the (non-deliberate) failure of many of the crew to hear when our pushes were and thus time them together, caused the rate of closing to reduce to a crawl.
Many a bump has been missed in a similar situation, but the crew spirit was never to give up, and we eventually broke them just after the railway bridge.
Overall a fantastic race, one that was great to watch, and all crews could hold their heads up high at, but shorter ones would be preferable for the rest of the week!
Bumped LMBC II
The start was a good one - better than yesterday - but once again it was nearly impossible to hear any of Sam's calls thanks to the huge amount of noise emanating from the bank. We decided to surge to a higher rating to counter any attempt to burn us up by Jesus, but as it transpired they made little impression and we were soon within a length of Maggie.
As we responded to each of their pushes we slowly gained on LMBC but were left with a tantalising 4-feet-one-minute, 3-feet-the-next gap coming past the Plough. Finally we got overlap coming onto the Reach and the 2nd "Kill" call of the race led to a beefy surge and my blade hitting their stern.
This time I resisted the temptation to stick my hand in the air and, credit to the LMBC cox, he acknowledge promptly. As we pulled over the elation of claiming my first bump on Maggie went to my head and I ended up soaking Maris with a "We've won the Boat Race" style splash in the water. Meanwhile Henry celebrated by catching a crab. Girton tomorrow...it's going to be a tough one.
The rest of the row down was incredibly shoddy with, what has been largely agreed as, our worst practice start of the week outside the Plough barely reaching 40. Small matter, however, as in the race itself we set off reasonably and could see LMBC were making no impression on us from behind.
Unfortunately our impression on Girton was decidedly un-impressive...half a length by the end of Grassy was all we'd managed. However, at this point the crew decided it was time to row together and put in good pushes down Plough Reach and most spectacularly round Ditton into the headwind. This brought us to within 10 feet or so of Girton - a gap which was whittled away slowly but surely over the next strokes.
Finally as the "Overlap" and "KILL KILL KILL..." calls came we put in a monster push to pull up alongside Girton. Some hard steering by Sam brought us onto them and their gorgeous cox somehow ended up just where Martin wanted her - sandwiched between his blade and Maris'. Errr. A fine for dangerous coxing for Sam and some scratches for Rebecca, for which we apologise.
No splashing of water today, or general foolhardiness by the bowman - I must get my sense of humour back by tomorrow. Peterhouse...and our coach from earlier this term, Tim Wooge.
The warm-up felt much better than the day before, though probably not quite as relaxed as some of our best paddling: the adrenaline was taking its toll. I can't speak for everyone, but for me the short intermissions in the rowing while marshalling at Chesterton and, later, waiting for the start just above the Motorway bridge seemed to drag on forever. While we were rowing, the rowing itself was enough to keep my mind occupied and off the race ahead, but during the waiting I really felt like all I was was a huge ball of nerves. We were so close to victory, and yet in a sense so far-- if we screwed up today, it wouldn't really matter what we had done the three previous days-- the job would not be done. While you're waiting around like that, it's hard not to think of all the things that could go wrong...What if I catch a crab? What if Girton does what Queens' did on Tuesday, but better... What if...?
Looking over at Peterhouse didn't really help either; stroked by Tim Wooge, who had coached us earlier in the term, backed by a lightweight Blue at seven, and six huge blokes in the bows, the boat promised to be a tough challenge. We also knew that it had taken Caius longer to bump Peterhouse than to bump either Maggie or Girton in the preceding days. As I was contemplating all this, Martin turned to me and voiced what precisely the sentiments I was having: "This is going to be a long race, isn't it?"
Luckily, the reverberating sound of the four-minute gun soon interrupted our musings. The time for thoughts and worries was over. It was now time to do our job. And we knew how to do it; we had already shown it during the week. All we had to do was to do again what we had been doing all along, as Iain Law reminded us all while pushing us off. Iain has a wonderfully simple and straightforward manner of saying things, which has been a great help to us all year. When he says something, you can't help but agree.
5..4..3..2...GUN! Our start was strong, and in no time at all Iain's voice over the megaphone informed us that we had closed down to one-and-a-quarter lengths. Unlike some of the previous days, the next milestone calls followed in quite rapid succession: three-quarters, one-half, one third... This was probably not our most relaxed rowing ever, but it still felt controlled, and we would later be very much surprised to learn that we had strode (??) to 40, and were still rating 40 as we entered the gut. "Quarter of a length," shouted Iain, and what seemed like a split second later, this had turned into "OVERRRLAAAP!" which we all had agreed to take as our kill call. The next thing I know, the boat was shaken with a loud thud as we ploughed into Peterhouse (we later found that the bows of BP2 had been quite badly dented in the collision; sorry, Iain!). We had done it! The blades were ours! This was by far our quickest bump of the week, and the quickest one in our division that day. It was also the first time we had bumped quicker than Caius had bumped the same boat the day before. And, despite rating 40, we all later agreed that the row had felt quite sustainable and that we could have carried on at the same pace at least until the reach, had Peterhouse proven to be the tough opponents we had expected them to be.
Sitting in the middle of the gut with most of the rest of the division still coming down, we had to postpone celebration until later and quickly pull in to the far bank. Possibly because we all realized how serious the situation could become, we were much more disciplined today than we had been after our previous bumps, managing to pull in in plenty of time for other boats to pass. Finally, the last boats were gone, and, having shouted our three cheers for Peterhouse, we rowed up to the reach, cheered on by the crowd. We pulled in in there, picked up some greenery, and were greeted by our bank party. We got champagne from the bufties, and a can of beer each from Sam. The job was done. It was now time to kick off the party. The row back to the boathouse was reasonable, given the difficulties involved in rowing while holding a can of beer and simultaneously attempting to pass a bottle of champagne along the boat.
It is hard to describe the feeling after a blade-winning last bump on the last day of the Bumps, culminating a year's worth of aspirations and perspiration. Elation is probably the closest word I can think of, but it still falls quite short of the actual experience. If you have experienced it yourself, you will know what I mean.
For me, however, the last day of the bumps was a bittersweet moment. I had my "blade and glory," in the words of our 2nd May VIII song, but it also meant that my time at Trinity was over. I will never be rowing with these guys again (except perhaps some day in Black Prince). Worse yet, I will probably not even see most of them again, and will definitely not see all of them for a long, long time. It really feels like I'm leaving part of me here. I'll make sure I come back to pick it up someday...
As it happened, I don't remember much about the row down, but our start was pretty phenomenal and when it became apparent we were gaining on Peterhouse we binned the stride and kept going hard and fast down First Post Reach. Soon enough we were inside a length, and there wasn't a chance in Hell we were going to let Peterhouse get away!
Our final push gave us the Bump in the gut, at which point I got absolutely drenched by someone in the Peterhouse boat (Tim Wooge?) catching a colossal crab. We pulled in and cheered Jesus and Girton on behind us before heading to the Reach for the start of the champagne and beer fuelled celebrations.
On our return to the boathouse we discovered a rather large hole in the hull from hitting Peterhouse - we were really flying. It was smiles all around and especially pleasing for me as I achieved my first blades at my last ever Bumps for First and Third.
Now placed as the 4th 2nd VIII on the river, let's hope we can continue going up and regain our ultimate goal of a place in the 1st division. Good luck to next year's crew!!
1. The Result
2. From the motorway br...
After spinning, we drew into the wrong station, but were quickly ousted by Homerton and their shifty looking bank party.
Our start was fairly neat and powerful, and we settled into a good rhythm, with lots of work going down in the water.
Behind us, Homerton closed slightly to about a length, whilst ahead Girton pulled away. Just before Grassy, Homerton bumped out, leaving us with the challenge of making up several lengths on Girton to claim our bump. However, ahead of them Queens' were just too slow and Girton unfortunately bumped out in Plough Reach.
We continued to row powerfully and it initially looked set to be a fairly comfortable row over. We had not accounted for the very speedy Catz crew behind us however, who gained continuously around Ditton and on the Reach. Thankfully, they had to finish at the Railway Bridge, by which time they were within a canvas. Coming under the bridge, we wound it down and collapsed, relieved, on the other side momentarily before being reminded that we had yet to finish.
A gentle paddle took us (almost) to the finish at Peter's Posts, before we were again told that we had _still_ not finished! (Thanks Neil).
We therefore rowed over, with excitement and variation provided kindly by Catz, and their failed overbump attempt!
Well done everyone, and thanks very much to our enthusiastic bank party. :)
Roll on tomorrow; Queens' - we're coming to get you!
Bumped by Jesus III
However, once the t-shirts had also been swapped so that the numbers were in the correct order once more, all seemed generally much happier, and we set off to row up to the start.
Our practice starts were solid and pretty quick, and the row up was generally together and powerful.
Once we'd spun, the time seemed to run out very quickly and before we knew it, we were racing again (hang on - didn't we do this yesterday?!). The start was better than yesterday, and we pushed into Queens' to reduce the distance to a length. However, Jesus behind us were also closing.
Unfortunately, a blade popped out of its gate in First Post Reach which led to a rather major crabbing incident. Soon Jesus' bows were all to close for comfort, and despite a gutsy, if a little desperate, push from the remaining 6 rowers, we were sadly bumped.
Being Jesus meant they weren't allowed greenery however - ha. This slightly sweetened the blow for me at least. ;-)
Tomorrow we have a determined and fast Catz crew chasing us, who are presumably looking to demolish us after we cruelly denied them their overbump yesterday, and an equally quick Jesus crew ahead, who are on for their blades. We shall just have to wait and see what happens...
Bumped by St. Catharine's II
Bumped by Vets School
We held them at 1/4 length away for a bit, and reportedly even gained a little on the Catz crew who bumped us so quickly yesterday, but the effort required to do this was unsustainable and we were bumped before First Post Corner.
1. The crew t-shirts
2. Rounding first post ...
3. From the motorway br...
Bumped Jesus III
Fitz II tomorrow, who have been bumped and were in a pack Jesus were gaining on. Bring them on!
Bumped Fitzwilliam II
Bumped Sidney Sussex II
Looking forward to tomorrow. Girton II fancy their chances against a slow Selwyn II ahead of us, but if we manage a start half as good as today that will be academic.
1. Bumping in First Pos...
2. Entering the Gut
3. Goodson congratulates
Bumped by Magdalene II
Bumped by Clare III
Eventually we ended up at the start, ready for a gruelling row over, followed by another one 90 minutes later. This prospect couldn't have helped morale. Nevertheless, we started well and rowed considerably better than yesterday. Clare edged towards us. We pushed into Grassy and managed to pull away slightly, but their excellent coxing and superior power returned them to our side, where we clashed.
In conclusion, we've utterly wasted the effort and achievement of last year's men's 4th VIII, and decisively returned to the division they started in. This has been mainly due to the misfortunate of being followed both days by disproportionately stronger crews, although I'm sure Mark and Andrew especially, as veterans of last year's 4th, will be feeling very disappointed.
Bumped by Emmanuel III
Bumped by St. Catharine's III
There can be no excuses. It wasn't a case of being stuck in the middle of a bunch of huge crews. Clare III were big, and Magdalene II just looked awesome, but Emma III were tiny. Really, they all looked the same size as me (and if you don't know what that means, about 9 stones). Unfortunately they were together as a crew, and probably technically better than us.
That sums up our biggest failure. No time on the water led to a total lack of togetherness. We did our best start by far in the practice, but when it came to the race start we lost it. I'd put it down to a lack of trust in each other under race situations. If you think it'll be rushed, if you think it'll fall over at the finish, it will.
Hopefully next years 4th VIII can reverse the trend that we started.
This year, starting in the 3rd division, even maintaining position overall would have been a great achievement for a good crew (whether huge or technically excellent) - and being bumped is certainly no disgrace whatsoever. The 3rd division certainly doesn't count as 'lower divisions' - going up requires hard work and some good fortune too. However, Clare, Magdalene, Catz, Emmanuel - these are boat clubs that have enjoyed success this term, and finding ourselves on the downward ladder to these 2nd and 3rd VIIIs (all of which won blades), this was certainly bad luck and a tough position to be in.
Had this crew been rowing 10 years ago, when 1st & 3rd IV was starting several places behind even LMBC VI, things would certainly have been different. Hopefully, after having completed four days racing as the highest 4th VIII, the crew have had at least some positive things to away from the experience even if it wasn't the results they were wanting.
1. First post reach
2. Posing on the bank
3. Passing the plough
Bumped by Clare III
The stride, however, led to a bit of a drop in power and boatspeed and soon Clare III were gaining with remarkable pace from the stern. Although I tried to concede early, apparently it was quite late - in my defence, I was holding on to the rudder strings at that point.
Tomorrow we'll try and get them back and make more improvements to go harder, faster and for longer!
Double overbumped by Downing III
Everyone was really impressed on the bank with an extrememely positive and hearty race from what was essentially an inexperienced crew.
Well done girls, you did us proud today!
It was my incredibly bad cornering that was responsible for getting bumped - all credit to the crew and lots of scowling glances at Dan tomorrow...
Bumped by Pembroke IV
Bumped by LMBC IV
1. From the motorway br...
Bumped Trinity Hall IV
Celebrations muted by our bank team, "Get out the way Trinity .. GET OUT THE WAY ... GET OUT THE FUCKING WAY!!!
Anyway, tomorrow, Kit is back, I'm out again, and Downing IV are the next fodder for the Golden Boys. Bring on the overbump on Saturday...
Bumped Downing IV
1. "Rowing" back
2. Bumped in first post...
3. Bumped in first post...
Bumped by Emmanuel IV
Oh Well!! We'll get them back tomorrow!!
Bumped by Jesus VI
Oh well, we'll just have to see what we can do as the sandwich boat tomorrow!!!........
Bumped by St. Catharine's IV
At least we avoided the dreaded spoons!!!!!
1. Passing the plough
2. From the motorway br...
3. Approaching first po...
Bumped by Sidney Sussex IV
Bumped by St. Edmund's II
Bumped by St. Catharine's V
1. In first post reach
2. From the motorway br...
Down 4 - Bumped by Sidney Sussex IV, St. Edmund's II, St. Catharine's V and Girton IV
1. In first post reach
2. From the motorway br...
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||-15.27|
Ineligible after entering fewer than 3 crews:
1. Crossing to the Plough