The Club's Results

May Bumps 2013

2nd men's VIII

Crew list for 1 race:

Coxed by: Nick Wright

Crew list for 1 race:

Coxed by: Alex Manion

Crew list for 1 race:

Coxed by: Alex Manion

Crew list for 1 race:

Coxed by: Alex Manion

Wednesday
Bumped by LMBC II
We came into the first day of Mays unsure of where we stood relative to the crews around us, but sure that Maggie would be looking for revenge for what happened in Lents (even if most of their M1 were now in their M2). A couple of minutes into the race, as we were coming out of first post, we were clearly outside station on Maggie with the bump ahead of us almost guaranteed and looking likely for a looonnnggg row-over.

As we then neared grassy we were comfortably away from John's with a hideous looking sandwich developing behind us. Unfortunately this was when the curse of Grassy struck and before we knew it we were stuck in the outside and desperately trying to push off again and avoid being hit. Alas, it was to no avail, a painful inevitability loomed over the 8 or so strokes we managed away from the bank before Maggie bumped, much to the dismay of Caius behind them. We'd barely got back into the racing position and found ourselves pulling in again, this time intentionally.

In retrospect Wednesday's events were a foreshadowing of what was to come... (Jon)
Friday
Bumped by St. Edmund's
After spending the Thursday of bumps shacked up in bed feeling thoroughly sorry for myself I was secretly hoping that if Teddies (aka the blue boat) intended to bump us at least they might make it quick and merciful. They did not disappoint... (Jon)
Saturday
Bumped by Christ's II
Coming into today Fordy reminisced of the glory days of FaT M2 holding off Christs M1 in the first division. He told us there was no way we were getting bumped by Christs M2, the rest of the crew would consider making it around Grassy a success having not really achieved it thus far in the week...

As we waited in marshalling we noticed a disturbing amount of uni stash in the Christs boat, apparently some sort of boat club politics had lead to a worryingly stacked M2, damn...

Sure enough as soon as the guns went Christs started to move, but we reacted. A valiant if inevitable chase ensued. The crew finally clicked after a very uncertain term and as Christs moved to two whistles we started to hold them, they stopped gaining for a while; maybe we could do this. We didn't have to spoon...

Then Christs, spurred on by the thought of blades, raised it to another gear. We had nothing to react with, we tried, we made it round Grassy and even held a foot or so of overlap for a while. But alas it was in vain, eventually, as we approached the plow, it was too little too late. And so we completed our spoons.

SO there it was, 3 years, 3 sets of spoons for Mays M2. I know it might not have been the result we wanted, but I sure enjoyed this term so thank you to everyone involved in project M2. And hey, at least we got a good song out of it, so it wasn't all bad (Jon)

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