Having been bumped by Caius the day previously, we all arrived at the boathouse keen to prove ourselves. Our first priority was to get a revenge bump on Caius, and failing that, to row over (with Fitz positioned behind us). With sunny weather and not too much of a headwind, the conditions were good and we were all in high spirits.
When the canon sounded, we leapt into our start sequence, which was much more together and controlled than the day before – the cannons seem less scary the second time round… Clare (our coach) reminded us to ignore at the boat behind as it’s much further away than it looks! Some whistles early on around Grassy meant that Fitz were close, and it wasn’t clear whether we would be able to hold them off. With the two boats both ahead of us and behind having bumped out, the only option was to row over and make sure Fitz didn’t catch us. We added some up 2s, then put more power down on the Reach and, by the finish line, had left Fitz with no chance of catching us.
This result was a huge morale boost, as we knew that we could do a powerful start and settle into a good rhythm for the whole course, and hopefully get a bump the following day.
Gina Edney, 4
Finally, the day was here – the first day of Lent Bumps and the first Bumps ever for most of our crew. Buzzing with excitement and anticipation, we paddled down to the marshalling point with the knowledge that Caius would be chasing us. As the 1 minute cannon sounded, Alice (our cox) and Clare (our coach) reminded us to keep our heads in the boat before pushing us off. Before we knew it, the start was upon us, and we leapt out of the start at an unbelievably powerful rate 44! A somewhat dodgy cox-box (and admittedly the sight of Caius slowly closing in) got in the way of our stride, with us only managing to settle on rate 37, but we held on as well as we could. Eventually, the whistles started to sound and the excitement got the best of us. Caius bumped us and we pulled in to congratulate them and catch our breath before paddling home. Our first taste of Bumps as a crew was over, and while we had been bumped, we rowed well, and were ready to take on the rest of the week with a clearer head.
Anastasia Price, bow
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Mosasaurus – 2:07.3 (7th in W2 division)
NW1 – 2:03.7 (25th in W1 division)
NW1 – lost to Newnham NW1, beat Catz NW1
Clare Novice Regatta:
NW2 – lost to LMBC NW2
NW3 – beat Lucy Cavendish NW2, lost to Downing NW2
W1 – 14:37 (10th Womens 4+)
W2 – 16:11 (3rd W2 4+)
NW1 – 9:48 (30th)
NW2 – 9:10 (24th)
W1 – beat Magdalene W1, lost to Downing W1
W2 – 11:42 (2nd in W2 division)
W1 – down 6, bumped by FaT, LMBC (overbump), Trinity Hall3:
W2 – down 2, bumped by Caius W2 and Darwin W1
Spring Head to Head:
W1 – 8:36.8, 8:29.7 (5th in Mays W2 division)
W1 – 5:31.7 (10th in Mays W2 division)
W2 – 6:09.7 (6th in Mays W3 division)
W1 – up 2, bumped Wolfson and Lucy Cavendish
W2 – held station, bumped Pembroke W3, bumped by Homerton W2
Following two days of rowing over, we returned to the boathouse feeling confident that we would be able to hold off Sidney, and hoping for a bump on Wolfson, who had gone down every day so far. The rain was finally clearing, and although the winds were still reasonably high, we were very excited.
Our practice start was one of the strongest starts this term, and while our actual start wasn’t quite as strong, we soon heard Mark shouting from the bank that we were gaining on Wolfson. We got our first whistle indicating that we were a length off Wolfson around first post corner, which we narrowed down to three feet through the gut. In the gut, however, Wolfson clearly made a push, as they continued to hold us at three feet until grassy.
Coming out of grassy, and thanks to Christina’s excellent line and calls, we came together for one final push. We could hear Mark shouting from the bank … THREE FEET … TWO FEET …. and then the continuous whistle to mark overlap. A few strokes later, Helen’s blade hit the stern of the Wolfson boat, and Wolfson conceded moments later.
We pulled in, put foliage in our hair, and started to row home, very excited for the next day and the opportunity to get Lucy Cav!
Giulia Bollen Gandolfo, bow