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
Captain of Boats
– as a club we have consumed 4 packs of jelly sweets, 2 packs of dolly mixes, 2 bags of starbursts, and 5 tubes of vimto chewy sweets today.
– this, I think the best photo from today http://www.jetphotographic.com/showphoto.php?id=211704 I cannot say how proud I am of all of you. Well done for staying with us all term. Well done for all the subbing needed to make today happen. Well done for all the singing and manning up against the snow and cold. Well done and hope to see lots of you coming back to row as seniors next term. Ying Chow
May Bumps W1, W2
W1 – bumped Darwin, Anglia Ruskin, Robinson and Jesus II, finishing 6th in division 2.
W2 – bumped Darwin II, Addenbroke’s, Jesus III and St Edmund’s, finishing 16th in division 3.
The club also won the Pegasus Cup.
Champs Head W1, W2
W1 – 6:10.51 – 2nd in Mays W2 division, 4th out of all college womens crews.
W2 – 6:37.58 – 1st in Mays W4 division, beating 8 W1 crews and 11 men’s crews.
W1 – 21:38.22, finished 146/296
Lent Bumps W1, W2
W1 – Bumped Jesus II, Sidney Sussex, LMBC II and Emmanuel II to finish 3rd in division 2
W2 – Bumped by Lucy Cav II, Bumped by Girton II, Bumped by Fitz II, Rowed over to finish bottom in division 3
Lent Getting On Race W2, W3
W2 got on – starting at 15th in the 3rd division
W3 – 11:57.2
Pembroke Regatta W1
1st Round – Beat Sidney Sussex W1 (04:07)
2nd Round – Beat Corpus W1 (04:10)
3rd Round – knocked out by Emmanuel W1 (04:01)
Senior Races postponed to early 2010 as river was frozen.
Novices (Race shortened due to ice on the river)
Comply or Die
10/52 time 8:37.8
33/52 time 9:47.0
– 8th of all College 2nd novices
Really Fast Horse
– 2nd of all College 3rd novices
– the only 4th novices in the entire women novice division, beating 1st novices of Homerton, Girton, St Edmunds
W1 time 10:14
– 8th of all Cambridge colleges in all W8+ divisions
– joint 1st out of 8 Cambridge colleges in student novice division
– joint 2nd out of 15 in student novice division
Comply or Die time 12:09
– 2nd of 7 Cambridge colleges in student beginner division
– 6th out of 13 in student beginner division
Mr Frisky time 13:10
– 10th of 13 in student beginner division
Really Fast Horse time 13:32
– 12th of 13 in student beginner division
Queen’s Ergo Competition
– 9/35 in upper division first round, time 1:55.8
– 9th overall in finalists, average time 1:55.2
– Lizzie Gorton 10th fastest individual
– 30/35 in upper division first round, average time 2:05.0 (joint 7th of all W2 crews)
– 4/17 in lower division, average time 2:05.9 (1st of all W3 crews)
– knocked out Corpus in first round (3 lengths)
– knocked out by Emmanuel (finalists) in second round (3 lengths)
Novice races in short: An excellent first race from all 3 boats, after spending forever sitting at marshalling eating copious amounts of sugar. Good rolling starts and well maintained speed and technique throughout. A 2nd place finish from Comply Or Die is especially impressive considering the flying seat incident at The Plough, leaving the boat with 7 rowers for around half the course.
Under 2 weeks until Fairbairns!! Get ready for some embarrassing songs at marshalling to fight off the frostbite.
Captain of Boats