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Second division (W1) – 17:30 Saturday Fourth division (W3) – 12:30
Third division (W2 probably) – 14:00
Second division (W1) – 15:30 There are lots of places from which to watch the Bumps. The Plough pub is a popular option, as is Fen Ditton, or any point along the towpath on the north side of the river. For more information on where to go (and restrictions on where you can go), check out the CUCBC website: http://www.cucbc.org/bumps/spectating. We need your support! Whether you come out for all four days or just one, just knowing there are friends in the crowd makes a big difference to those in the boat. Hope to see you all there! Boatie love,
The Murray Edwards College Boat Club Map: http://bit.ly/mecbcmays2011map
Facebook event for Bumps Breakfast
Last week W1 raced in the Champs Head, a race for all crews to get an idea of where they stand for May Bumps as they draw closer.
Despite appallingly windy conditions, the crew held together really well, coming second in the Mays W2 division and fourth overall out of all college women’s crews: a terrific performance for a crew containing three ex-novices! These results shows how our hard work has paid off, and that we are set to do really well come May Bumps.
Our hearts sank as we arrived at the boathouse to be met by hurricane conditions. However, we W2 girls are made of sterner stuff and were resolved to fight back against the blustering wind, power through the stroke, and just generally row really good and all that.
Despite the wind, the row down the river to marshal was uneventful, and our spirits were lifted by the abundance of liquorice allsorts, courtesy of Eve, which got us through the seemingly endless wait under the motorway bridge. After this wait, we proceeded to the start line.
Then we were off! After a strong start, we raced around the corner only to be met with a wall of wind! However, we were prepared and the power remained strong (both epically and manly so). We battled on gallantly down the reach, I crying out calls from my carefully prepared race plan- which to my immense delight, did not blow away straight into stroke’s faces [Ying: it was a head wind, would have blown off the other way!]. A few (painful) minutes later and the finish line was in sight (which I observantly informed the crew of). Spurred on by this knowledge, we made a final sprint to the end, finishing completely exhausted, but with an intact boat and no crabs caught. And to add to that, a generally solid performance from everyone all round. We returned with heads held high and ready for some more action. Bring on bumps!
–report by Chloe Wallis (cox) and Eleanor Dickinson (stroke)Result: winner of W4 division, beating 8 W1 crews and 11 men's crews overall, time 6:38
taken and made by Eve Bonner
At the start of May W1 competed in the Head to Head, which involves rowing two legs of 2k (spinning in between). This race was a chance for us to see how much we had developed as a crew, having had a big reshuffle after the Easter Vacation. Overall we did quite well, beating a few other W1 crews such as King’s and First and Third. Most importantly, however, we showed that after only a few outings together we have a solid basis to build up on as we continue training this term.
Just a quick post to point you all in the direction of The Cambridge Student, Lent Issue 8 Page 31:
“Murray Edwards’s blades sent them up to third in the second division, and moved their ﬁrst boat just clear of the top second division boat, Emmanuel W2.”
Also on the same page, check out the fantastic article by our very own Eleanor Dickinson. It’s been reproduced for the website with kind permission from Eleanor herself and TCS in a separate post on the website (Diary of the Bumped) so you can read it even without opening the paper!
Murray Edwards W2
Harald, our beloved boat and great source of giggly innuendo is an old hand at this; we’re ready at front stops and poised for carnage. Five seconds and a louder-than-expected bang later, we’re off and widening the gap. Everything is going fantastically until disaster strikes as five’s gate springs open. All is lost, though our pursuer takes their time bumping our stricken boat. Now awkwardly parked on the bank, our coach runs over and attempts to lift us off , only for our poor boat’s bow to come away in her hand. Some emergency gaffa tape later, Harald, broken and mutilated, is rowed home by a stoical stern four. RIP boat.
With a written off boat and three subs, morale is low. Turning around yesterday’s disaster seems impossible. The replacement, a rotund novice boat – aptly named Winston – hardly inspires the crew with confidence. We are told that once he gets going, Winston is a tank ready to leave a trail of carnage and destruction in his wake. Granted, Winston was a ‘tank’ but for all the wrong reasons – by the time we ‘get him going’, a jubilant Girton are already decorating themselves with a fine array of greenery.
We are almost bottom of the river. After a severe grilling from the coach and W1, the fighting spirit that got us through the getting on race seems to be returning. It‘s all going well: we’re a whistle ahead and our pursuers seem miles away. And then, continuing the pattern of the week, disaster strikes. Struck out of nowhere by a determined-not-to-be-at-the-bottom Fitz, our dreams of not taking their place are over.
I don’t think I’ve ever been this close to the weir before. Bottom of the river doesn’t seem too bad though, with nobody to panic you into completely messing up. Can we enact revenge on Fitz? Er, no – Fitz bump Lucy Cavendish, and in a strangely familiar twist of fate, Winston’s oil tanker turning-circle puts us back on the bank. A set of spoons await. Did we gain anything this week apart from some additions to the cutlery draw? Well, as cheesy as it sounds, I’m very proud of my crew. And W1 got blades which made the Bumps Dinner slightly less solemn. After all, at least there is an impressive and fitting tribute to the deceased Harald now circulating on Facebook.
– lots of people needing subs
– one of our subs dropped ill so we didn't have a crew until 10 mins before we had to marshal
– luckily M4 had a rerow so we weren't too late. Lots of waiting around on the reach though.
– while we were catching up on Tit Hall after the start, Peterhouse crashed into the bank ahead of them so Tit Hall bumped up
– while we were pushing away from Lucy Cav, one of our blades came out of the gate.
– Lucy Cav caught up just after we got our blade back in after the motorway bridge
– while trying to park we mounted the bank
– while we were trying to unmount Harald the bow snapped 🙁
– GAH Aftermath: Bomber taped up the bow and we rowed home with only stern 4. Regroup:
– row up was pretty decent
– start was good
– we were obviously faster than the boats either side of us
So, bring on Wednesday. It won't be in Harald, but we'll tank down Lucy Cav with Winston! — Ying