The Club's Results

Lent Bumps 2012

1st men's VIII

Coxed by: Penelope Jenkins

Wednesday
Bumped by LMBC
This was a very committed and hard fought race between the two crews, with our boat showing some great resilience down the reach, unfortunately getting bumped just after the railway bridge. We were hampered bit a slight lack of composure in the final moments but everyone kept believing and working right up until the end. This should set us up well for Queens tomorrow! (Jacob)
Thursday
Rowed over
Rule 10: It never gets easier, you just get faster. (Matthew)
Very similar to the epic M2 row-over ahead of Sidney in Lents 2011, this race was possibly my most exciting one to date.

The row up to marshalling lacked confidence, I feel we were unsure as to whether we would be able to defy expectations that we would fall to Queens'. Shotgunning the bench next to Maggie's marshalling position was comical, but then we decided being antisocial would be more appropriate and edged back towards our bit of land. Our spirits were lifted upon hearing that W1 had bumped, and our row down to the start went better. Barrell apparently doesn't like being called a "good boy". He shall be from now on.

After a wobbly few strokes, we found some steadiness at 43 before an effective stride to 37 then 35. Jacob called the first push about 15 strokes before First Post Corner and the second just before coming out of it. Maggie going slightly wide at Grassy came into sight and I suddenly became ultra-keen for the perfect line. We pushed outside the Plough, had the usual wobble, and Queens' bowball appeared on my right as a nice reminder to stay tight round Ditton. A push into the corner and an all-mighty "flat-out" push round the corner made this possible.

Out of Ditton Queens' started to gain, and got to overlap probably around the railings. A series of bumps pushes down the Reach allowed us to fluctuate between at least a foot of overlap and 2 feet of clear water. Realising at the Railway Bridge that we could and would row over, we seemingly unanimously became very angry at the prospect of this not happening, and it would appear that we absorbed their push into the Bridge as their bowball faded out of sight. This allowed us to regain some composure and rhythm off the Bridge with a nice little reset around the Kink.

And then with 40 strokes to go their bowball turns up on my left for some reason. We push again. 30 strokes to go and it's still there, eager to pounce forwards. But we sharpen up with 20 strokes left, I start steering even more evasively, and they slowly start to fall back, rowing over 2 metres behind us according to McKelvie.

I feel that this race has truly brought us together as a crew and shown how far we've come; that we know for sure that every other person in the boat will believe in us as a unit for as long as we believe in us; that we can say that we are a top 5 crew with confidence and pride - cheering from Downing and Pembroke on the row home would suggest so too. And for that I am most grateful to Queens' who put up an excellent fight!

I am so proud of you, boys; more of the same tomorrow, but let's keep them further away. (Penelope)
Friday
Rowed over
Once more unto the reach, dear friends, once more!

Also, I hope the Queens strokeman is OK. (Matthew)
Saturday
Bumped by Queens'
It was an unfortunate way to end what was otherwise a very enjoyable and in many respects successful bumps campaign. The racing over the first three days showed us that we can still compete with the top crews on the river, making LMBC work incredibly hard for their bump and producing two fantastic row overs ahead of Queens. However, those three days seemed to take their toll and combined with the worse weather conditions meant that we were outclassed on the final day by an impressive push from Queens coming into the railings.

Despite this disappointing end I have truly enjoyed the Lent Bumps and it has been very satisfying to see the crew come together and produce some of the great rowing we always knew we could. I have every faith that we will learn from our shortcomings and keep building on our strengths so that we can correct any feelings of disappointment come Mays. (Jacob)

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