May Bumps 2012 – Reports


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May Bumps 2012 – Results

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Men’s Crews Women’s Crews
M1 -2
M2 +1
M3 -1
M4 -3
W1 -2
W2 -2
W3 +3
W4 -2

Race photos and videos: Spanner Spotter (slow-motion footage).
Many of the YouTube links below are courtesy of this messageboard thread: link.
Other results services: CUCBC and FaT


Pembroke’s Race Reports


M1

Wednesday: 6th in Division 1 – Bumped by Jesus

M1 division video – http://youtu.be/9r4Dftijy9s (courtesy of ‘Yaffeth’, viewable in HD)

Thursday:7th in Division 1 – Bumped by LMBC

M1 division video (plough reach) – http://youtu.be/T4jmTc_YmPc (courtesy of Caius supporter, viewable in HD)

Friday: 7th in Division 1 – Rowed Over

M1 division video – http://youtu.be/HyXkq_XbWwY (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Saturday: 7th in Division 1 – Rowed Over

M1 division video – http://youtu.be/MV8VdbyIZ5k (courtesy of mascot2001, viewable in HD)
M1 division video (top few crews, railway bridge) – http://youtu.be/rHEppe4wZGo (courtesy of Caius supporter, viewable in HD)

W1

Wednesday: 2nd in Division 1 – Rowed Over

W1 division video – http://youtu.be/qUoNJd2CYls (courtesy of ‘Yaffeth’, viewable in HD)

Thursday: 3rd in Division 1 – Bumped by Newnham

W1 division video (partial) – http://youtu.be/9KT08fetQzs (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Friday: 4th in Division 1 – Bumped by Jesus

W1 division video – http://youtu.be/l5WLVh2KgGA (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Saturday: 4th in Division 1 – Rowed Over

W1 division video – http://youtu.be/8Q6T80YZYMA (courtesy of mascot2001, viewable in HD)

M2

Wednesday: 12th in Division 2 – Bumped Wolfson

Another M2 division video – http://youtu.be/dJCPY8GVF9c (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

After two weeks of outings with lots of subs due to exams, M2 were pleasantly surprised by the balanced boat we had on the row up to the start. We saw a very nice paddle up with some cool, collected and (more importantly) quick starts leaving us well buoyed up for chasing Wolfson M1.

We started from lucky station 13, with an excellent push out from Kev giving us a straight line across the corner and down First Post Reach. The start was good, and we settled into a nice rhythm despite the choppy water. We were aiming for the long bump on Wolfson, and saw our first whistle by the second half of First Post Reach. The boys held it together really well through the gut and round Grassy, despite my line being far from as tight as I’d’ve liked! By the time we finished our push out of Grassy, we had our second whistle, and whilst our rowing was perhaps not as neat as it could have been, we slowly gained ground coming down Plough Reach.

We knew that, as a crew, our stamina and ability to build up the power along the Reach would stand us in good stead for the next section of the course, and we came into Ditton ready to really start building up that momentum. However, coming round Ditton we seemed to suddenly eat up the distance between us and Wolfson and before we were halfway through our first push Kev’s bell of doom was tolling for overlap. That was all the encouragement the boys needed, and we had the bump before we were fifteen strokes out onto the Reach.

With a lot of row overs in the crews ahead, we can only be hopeful for the rest of the week’s racing – but a great result today, M2, very proud of you. Bring on Sidney Sussex tomorrow!

Victoria Lindsay, M2 Cox

Thursday: 12th in Division 2 – Rowed Over

M2 division video – http://youtu.be/fKwUfN1yVso (courtesy of ‘Yaffeth’, viewable in HD)

Today saw conditions very different to Wednesday: the water was very rough, and we had a lovely head wind during our row up to the start. However, the lads had what was termed ‘a bit of a show-off’ with their very neat paddle up to the start, trying our best to psych out some of the crews ahead.

Our start sequence was good, but with a determined Wolfson out for revenge after yesterday’s bump, the boys were feeling the pressure and the rate stayed a little high off the start. With the advantage of cutting the corner from their station, Wolfson got a whistle off the start, but we knew they would be no match for us in the long run – and we soon left them behind. However, the slightly rushed start didn’t set us up quite as well for the middle portion of the course as the previous day, and with our rate dropping off through the last part of First Post Reach and through the Gut, we only managed to hold station with Sidney Sussex ahead.

A much better line round Grassy than yesterday set us up for a better push out of Grassy than the one through the Gut. Whilst the rating was still a little low, we were holding our finishes out much better and had a much neater row down Plough Reach. However, coming up towards Ditton we suddenly seemed to perk up, and both the rate and power came back up for a lovely, well-sat Ditton.

Our monster push out of Ditton backed up this change, and suddenly saw us gaining ground on Sidney Sussex. With a low power build coming down the second half of the Reach, and our signature last-minute build for the finish line saw us get two whistles on Sidney crossing the line – a gain of a length over the course of the Reach. So, it looks promising for tomorrow – we’ve shown we are faster than them, we just need to eke out another half a length! Tomorrow, Sidney, we are coming for you.

Victoria Lindsay, M2 Cox

Friday: 12th in Division 2 – Rowed Over

M2 division video – http://youtu.be/l2_e_mGHpkU (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

The wind had picked up again today for the M2 division – but this time in the opposite direction, giving us a terrible headwind to contend with (17mph winds with gusts to 33mph, according to the Met Office). M2, however, were very prepared, and were looking upon the wind as an advantage to us compared to the crews around us – we knew we could handle it!

Our start was not bad, especially considering the headwind, and despite worries that Wolfson might try to go hard off the start after us today, there was no sign of them ever getting within station. We settled into a much better rhythm than on previous days, and kept moving strongly into the wind, staying on station with Sidney. We kept the nice rhythm round into the Gut, where unfortunately we had to steer to avoid bumped crews who were being blown across the river (naming no names, FaT), resulting in a bit of imbalance and a loss of speed through the Gut. However, the boys picked it up heroically round Grassy and a good push into Plough Reach, and we managed to hold station with Sidney.

We knew that we were going to face a massive headwind again on the Reach, so we prepared with a good push into Ditton, really setting us up for our characteristic ‘impressive Reach push’ (so termed by Wolfson rowers post-race). Despite the horrible headwind, the boys gave a really amazing performance on the Reach, bringing the boat speed up and really eating up the distance between us and Sidney Sussex. Our final push from the houses was especially good, and despite the wind we finished within half a length of Sidney, again – and they looked really rattled as we gained so massively after the railway bridge, leaving Wolfson some four lengths in our wake. So tomorrow, with a strong Christ’s II crew behind Wolfson hopefully knocking out the crews behind, and an even bigger headwind forecast which is all in our favour, there really is all to play for, boys…

Victoria Lindsay, M2 Cox

Saturday:12th in Division 2 – Rowed Over

M2 division video – http://youtu.be/5f_jApWDxow (courtesy of mascot2001, viewable in HD)

W2

Wednesday: 3rd in Division 2 – Rowed Over

W2 division video – http://youtu.be/S-BP6JmKLd0 (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Thursday: 3rd in Division 2 – Rowed Over

W2 division video (partial) – http://youtu.be/1Sj9x8G6twA (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Friday: 4th in Division 2 – Bumped by Murray Edwards

W2 division video – http://youtu.be/qCBtGlov0ro (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Saturday: 5th in Division 2 – Bumped by Sidney Sussex

W2 division video – http://youtu.be/I_PpCPgebtY (courtesy of mascot2001, viewable in HD)

M3

Wednesday: 3rd in Division 4 – Rowed Over

M4 division video – http://youtu.be/1uJuSRb_nDY (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Haiku are cool, right?

Up for a long race
Queens bump out, we soldier on

Bloody row-over.

Harry Baker, M3 7-seat

Thursday: 3rd in Division 4 – Rowed Over

M4 division video – http://youtu.be/Vy9Mw52mTaA (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Friday: 3rd in Division 4 – Rowed Over

M4 division video – http://youtu.be/8aySwAwA1Ek (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

After two days of rowing over (including an epic row over on Thursday with Clare Hall M1 chasing us all the way and having overlap at some point) we wanted a bump on Friday. We knew that we had gained up on Cauis M3 on Thursday and were hoping to get them this time.

The start was good and we managed to fend off Clare Hall M1, which actually crashed into the bank and were bumped by Downing M3. However, due to an expected head wind that almost made us stop dead in our tracks around Ditton corner, we were not able to catch up on Cauis M3 who eventually bumped Kings M2. This again left us with a bitter taste in our mouth as everyone around us had bumped out and we were in for a row over again – third time in a row! If this happens tomorrow again we should get spades for 4 row overs (somewhere there between spoons and blades – a consolation prize for our stamina!).

Nikola Novcic, M3 6-seat

Saturday: 3rd in Division 4 – Technical Bump by Downing IIII

As I’m sure you’re aware, the problems in your division were caused by Kings and Caius bumping in the gut and not clearly as effectively as we would have liked. As this happened at the head of the division, everything behind backed up and was stopped. Pete Convey, one of the DCUs, collated evidence from the SU and JU teams immediately afterwards, and I joined him halfway through this process. The available evidence from the umpires was that crews 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 were sufficiently close (i.e. 4 had caught up on 3 and 6 on 5) that a bump was likely and so a technical bump was awarded by the DCU. I reviewed the umpires information and Pete’s decisions and confirmed them.

May Bumps Chief Umpire

 

 

W3

Wednesday: 10th in Division 3 – Rowed Over

W3 division video – http://youtu.be/Z6fwh-EEKh4 (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

An optimistic crew turned up to race today after some very positive outings building up to Bumps. With things running late, the rowers did well to keep their focus during the marshalling and row down to the start. Starting from the difficult Station 10, Kevin made an excellent push out that positioned the boat well for First Post Reach.

Our starts have been fast, and today was no different; we sat comfortably on station with the Selwyn crew ahead who themselves were closing fast on Magdalene. The Selwyn-Magdalene bump came early on, and both crews were still in the middle of the river as we were approaching at speed! The call came from the bank to hold it up which we did briefly before the river cleared and we picked it back up with a second race start. Now our sights turned to Girton who were just disappearing around First Post Corner…

We had a couple of nice pushes out of the corner and through the Gut, so everything was going well until mid-way around Grassy Corner when Catherine’s blade came out of the gate. She managed to keep her head and secure the blade again saving us from an epic, Oxford-style 7 person row over!!! Disaster avoided and with the pressure from Catz behind minimal, the attention turned to reeling in Girton who this time were disappearing around Ditton Corner.

I was really proud of the crew’s determination and how they responded to several pushes down the Long Reach. By the finish line we had closed the c.5 length gap to a length and a half. It was a brilliant start to what will hopefully be a successful week.

Verity Bennett, W3 Cox

Thursday: 9th in Division 3 – Bumped Magdalene II

W3 division video – http://youtu.be/geigWonnTzk (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

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Friday: 8th in Division 3 – Bumped Girton II

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W3 division video – http://youtu.be/5JvaJhqS_Fc (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Saturday: 7th in Division 3 – Bumped Selwyn II

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W3 division video – http://youtu.be/TkogWoAZdwo (courtesy of mascot2001, viewable in HD)

M4

Wednesday: 7th in Division 5 – Bumped by Hughes Hall II

M5 division video – http://youtu.be/ABvIcwwThkA (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

M4 had a terrific start and showed that despite their comparative lack of experience they definitely belong in their division. M4 closed in on Sidney II off the start and looked to be the faster crew, but were unfortunately bumped by Hughes Hall II before the opportunity to prove this. In all, they had an excellent row and Hughes Hall were simply the faster crew, but all 8 rowed brilliantly and we have high hopes for the remaining days of Bumps.

Chris Slade, M4 Cox

Thursday: 8th in Division 5 – Bumped by First & Third IV

M4 division video – http://youtu.be/Vy9Mw52mTaA (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

M4 had an unfortunate start that gave FaT a good gain on them from the offset. This culminate in a rush in the boat which FaT were able to take advantage of to secure a bump before the gut.

Chris Slade, M4 Cox

Friday: 8th in Division 5 – Rowed Over

M5 division video – http://youtu.be/kpNiHlbuJBs (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

M4 pulled clear of Robinson with a strong start and made a move to gain on Trinity through the gut. Robinson were bumped out leaving no threat from behind and despite an initially strong catch on Trinity, they were able to pull away and bump Sidney. This left the river clear for M4 to have a strong but relaxed row over, leaving us chasing Sidney and being chased by Kings on the final day of bumps. It looks to very much be a matter of who can bump first on Saturday.

Chris Slade, M4 Cox

Saturday: 9th in Division 5 – Bumped by Kings III

M4 put in a sterling effort to pull away from King’s who had thus far bumped every day and were looking strong. They managed to close the gap on Sidney II in what could have been a convincing bump, but sadly were caught by King’s just round First Post Corner in what could have very nearly been a very damaging bump to the Bill Hutton. Despite not making the bump any day, M4 showed real aptitude considering their minimal training and should be proud of the effort made each day.

Chris Slade, M4 Cox

W4

Wednesday: 15th in Division 4 – Rowed Over

W4 division video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suzi8-Ty4L8 (courtesy of Fitzwilliam)

A re-run of our part of the division and a couple of bumps ahead of us on the first couple of corners left W4 with nothing on and a tough row over. Although chased by a Clare III boat who were given an occasional (purely motivational) whistle from their bank party, we easily matched their pushes and maintained a distance that never put us under any pressure despite our stroke’s feet coming out down the long reach. Really solid row. Selwyn III look catch-able tomorrow and we know Clare can’t get us. Game on.

Benedict ‘Bendy’ Collins-Rice, W4 Cox

Thursday: 15th in Division 4 – Rowed Over

W4 division video – http://youtu.be/h04s-5tTJko (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)
W4 division video – http://youtu.be/0Zj-S2POi1U (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Another long row over for W4 today. Clare III being bumped behind us took the pressure off at the start of the race and made for a promising start. Although the rowing got a little scrappier as the race developed we pretty much held station with the Selwyn III crew in front – pushing them to a length gap at one point. Unfortunately King’s II deciding to sit and straddle grassy corner forced a line – effected with the type of power slide only possible with the brown boat’s rudder – which left us with a lot of work to do to recover the distance and despite positive pushes down both reaches, we were never in a position to threaten. The Selwyn Bump is still on tomorrow.

Benedict ‘Bendy’ Collins-Rice, W4 Cox

Friday: 16th in Division 4 – Bumped by Murray Edwards III

W4 division video – http://youtu.be/k5B5HHH4kL4 (courtesy of Girton, viewable in HD)

Before we could capitalise on our early gain on Selwyn III, W4 got bumped hard and fast by a quick Murray Edwards III crew set to get blades tomorrow. We will have to work hard tomorrow to fight off The Blondes In Red who are also set for blades. The overbump is potentially on though if we can hold them off.

Benedict ‘Bendy’ Collins-Rice, W4 Cox

Saturday: 17th in Division 4 – Bumped by Lady Margaret III