The Club's Results

Lent Bumps 2005

2nd women's VIII

Crew list for 2 races:

Coxed by: R.P.C. Manns

Crew list for 2 races:

Coxed by: R.P.C. Manns

Tuesday
Rowed over
Ah... bummer, if I may say so!!

The crew looked dead set for a nice easy bump the like of which F&T II Ladies have recently become famous for delivering.- Down to a length on Jesus III off the (fast) start, closed to 3/4 soon after... and then... disaster struck. To be more precise, crab struck No 2 and quite badly so. With the blade stuck parallel to the boat and the crew not used to such blemishes on their rowing as crabbing, it took a good 30 strokes to row all eight again, during which time Jesus dropped us to 2 lengths and Pembroke III (chasing) didn't really go anywhere.

The crew restarted well and slowly ground down on Jesus. They were back on station just outside First Post and at a length at Grassy. Unfortunately the astounding shortness of the course came to Jesus' aid in the end and a deserved bump to be postponed until tomorrow...

xx (Pia)
It's a pity we didn't manage to quite get this back together after the crab and bump Jesus.
Also unfortunate that the course is so unbelievably short! (Little Jenners)
Wednesday
Rowed over
Despite heavy tailwinds, we set off with a strong start. Things felt generally neater than yesterday, and we were within a length of Jesus as we passed under the motorway bridge. Within 10 strokes of emerging on the other side, however, we were forced to hold it up because Clare (2 ahead) had caught a bad crab and ground to a halt. They handed Jesus the bump on a silver plate, and we were given a technical row-over to show for it.

Very frustrating, but so go bumps. At least the 10 seconds we did row felt solid.

Friday we chase Clare, who will surely be motivated to get Jesus after today's debacle. (Mika)
The girls had a great start, and were closing on jesus very convincingly when Clare caught their spectucular overhead. Despite the fact that Clare appeared to be moving backwards, Jesus took a while to get them and by that time we FaT were too close to steer round and go for the overbump.

Bumps: They just aint fair. (jo)
This (for the short time it lasted) was a good solid row. We kept it controlled off the start, strode well and were reeling in Jesus, when Clare II caught a boat stopping crab. A few strokes later and we were holding it up ~3/4 length down and were given a technical rowover.
Sometimes bumps racing just isn't fair.
Let's make sure we row as confidently on Friday and see what happens. (Little Jenners)
Friday
Rowed over
A gutsy and committed row sadly went unrewarded and continues a frustrating week for the second women.

Clare II, ahead, are a fast boat when they're going well; our crew's best efforts could close them only to a length along Plough reach. This was doubly frustrating because Clare effectively sat as a buffer between us and the slow Jesus III. Furthermore they failed to send Jesus back down for us to have another crack at them on Saturday. Clare were bumped by Jesus on Wednesday only after a crab shocker and, despite closing to overlap twice on First Post reach, allowed Jesus to escape (and even go on to bump) after more mishaps at bow at the crucial moments (the poor girl - what a miserable week!).

It is high time for some good luck; we are quicker than the half-dozen crews ahead and have been prescribed an unusually heavy dose of bumps bad luck so far. Here's hoping for Saturday's race. (Martin)
Saturday
Rowed over
Another very good row, another rowover. As expected, the crews ahead bumped out. Slightly unexpectedly, three of them went at once, merrily blocking the river as they did so. Fortunately they managed to just about clear in time, and some careful coxing by Richard got us through the gap, the girls did a good push to pick up speed again, and completed the row to ditton.

Well done girls, I hope to see you all in the Mays, getting some well deserved bumps :-) (jo)
Today was definitely our best row. Not only was there strong desire to do well before we began, but we kept the strength on pretty well the whole way through.

As we rounded the first corner, we saw Clare, Tit Hall AND Jesus pulled over together, crushing our hopes of an overbump (haha). But the strength never dropped (certainly not like yesterday!) and we pushed it all the way home. Newnham might've wanted us, but never got close. A satisfying row to end a rather uninteresting and somewhat frustrating week.

Thanks to our various bank party contingent, to Iain for his calls and advice throughout the week, to Ruth for her coaching and especially Amy for her support and last-minute subbing!

...and hey, at least we got to have a snowball fight, right? (Mika)
Well done girls, the bumps charts really dont do you justice!! It's very unfortunate how events unfolded this week, but sticking out four frustrating row-overs like you did will do you no ends of good for Mays...

I'm impressed with how technically well you are all rowing, this being thanks to Iain's and Ruth's excellent coaching and your doing pretty much the same amount of training as some college's 1st VIIIs. If we add some serious improvement in fitness next term you should do very well indeed!!!

Love you girls,

xxxxx (Pia)

1. Day 3 or 4
2. Brrr...
3. The end of the week
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