Pembroke M1 started hard and clean, quickly moving half a length on Caius and getting the first whistle before first post. We had a huge push down the plough reach and moved hard until we were a canvas away at Ditton. Narrowly missing the bump on the corner, we sealed the deal and bumped Caius as we straightened up on the reach.
Thursday. Row over.
Pembroke M1 started strong but slowly fell back to 3 lengths off Clare at The Plough. Not discouraged, we maintained focus and built a strong rhythm down The Long Reach steadily decreasing the gap until we were 1 length off after the Railway Bridge. From there we had an heroic last surge but unfortunately we could only close to a quarter of a length at the finish.
Friday. Bumped Clare M1.
Pembroke M1, learning from the previous days racing and with confidence it was possible to catch Clare, attacked the first 3 minutes of the course relentlessly. We gained our first whistle on Grassy Corner and secured the bump just past Ditton Corner after taking a tight line on the inside of Clare.
Saturday. Bumped by Clare M1.
Pembroke M1 fought hard in the first 3 minutes of the race to hunt down Maggie M1 for Head of the River. We held station to Grassy but Clare started to creep up from behind and they wanted revenge. We battled down the Plough Reach but Clare continued to close the gap and got overlap around Ditton Corner. With a last push, we nearly got away but Clare secured the bump and Maggie retained the Headship.
Wednesday. Bumped Fitz W1
W1 got off to a rapid start, moving immediately on Fitz and gaining one whistle down first post reach. Queens (chasing) were quickly left behind, and the second whistle on Fitz came as W1 reached first post. They then became part of a four-boat sandwich with the 3 boats ahead coming into grassy – Churchill getting the bump on Peterhouse allowing W1 the chance to close down Fitz over the rest of the course. After a strong move round ditton they closed to 3 whistles at the top of the reach; Fitz did not give up and a chase down the reach kept on until Fitz were left with nowhere to go on the inside at the railway bridge, where a concerted move by Pembroke brought it to an end just before the bridge!
Thursday. Bumped Peterhouse W1.
Off to another strong start, W1 moved consistently on Peterhouse, with one whistle along first post reach and the second coming in around first post. With Fitz applying little pressure from behind, W1 maintained their pace to get the third whistle and bump Peterhouse coming round grassy!
Friday. Row over.
Saturday. Bumped Christ’s W1
Wednesday. Bumped FAT M2.
Pembroke M2 had a very gutsy, yet slightly untidy row up to starting position. When the race began, out first three strokes were finished out but we soon hit quite choppy waters. Although the conditions weren’t ideal, we struck a very aggressive tone that meant that we soon made up ground on FAT M2 who had initially pulled away off the start. Though our rowing remained a little flustered coming down the First Post Reach, the whistles soon started to come from the bank. By the time we reached First Post Corner, we’d got our third whistle. At this point, we achieved an almighty burst that was of a standard we could proud of. Kev didn’t even have time to get his dinner bell out before FAT were caught. Lessons learned, M2 are ready to do yet more damage on day 2.
Thursday. Bumped Jesus M2.
M2’s row up to the start set the tone for a very professional race. When the gun sounded, M2 had a smooth, clean start that was a significant improvement on the first day’s effort. Although Jesus M2 had gone all in right from the start, gaining one whistle on Sidney Sussex M1 ahead of them, we anticipated this and trusted that our rhythm was much faster over the length of the course. With no threat from a somewhat lacklustre FAT M2 behind us (who were munched up by a hungry Darwin M1), we began to move on Jesus M2, hearing our first whistle just as we came into First Post Corner. From the first day, we suspected Jesus may start to crumble here and, sure enough, Sidney soon began to open up a bigger lead ahead of them. All that was left for us to do was to gradually close our own gap and give the crowds on Grassy Corner and the Plough a good show. Our third whistle came just before the Plough itself and the job was done as we came onto Ditton Corner. A passionate, textbook row. Bring on day 3
Friday. Bumped Downing M2.
Saturday. Row over.
Wednesday. Bumped by Wolfson
A tough start to bumps for w2 with a last minute sub. A very strong start helped close down on selwyn W1 to two whistles by first post, however a very strong Wolfson W1 had also managed to close down leading to an exciting sandwich to grassy. Unfortunately just as W2 started to get overlap and look like they were going to take the win, Wolfson closed yet again taking the bump. A disappointing day, but w2 is ready to come back tomorrow to take their revenge on Wolfson!
Thursday. Bumped by Emmanuel W2
Friday. Bumped by Sidney W1
Saturday. Row over.
Wednesday. Bumped St. Catherin’s M3
The crew got off to a great start, eating up the distance to St Catherine’s M3 who they bumped in 1 min 3 secs.
Thursday. Bumped ARU M1
Friday. Bumped Girton M2
M3 got off to another great race today. Perhaps not the cleanest of starts but with enough power to quickly close the gap on Girton M2, bumping them in under 40 strokes.
Saturday. Bumped Darwin M2
Wednesday. Bumped Jesus W3
After a strong start, Pembroke III pushed up on Jesus III, and moved away from Kings II. Moving into first post reach, Pembroke were on half a length on Jesus but were unfortunately held up by some carnage ahead..After some discussion, the decision was made to rerow part of the division, leaving Pembroke chasing Jesus from the start with clear water behind. The tight line we took around grassy corner was the finishing blow to Jesus III who were caught on the plough reach, after a committed row from both crews.
Thursday. Row over.
W3 set off strong today behind Emma W3 – however they were interrupted as the division was (yet again??) made to re row. Treating that distraction as a practice start, W3 set off again – several swift bumps ahead unfortunately meant they were set for the rowover, but they rowed the course well, committing the whole way.
Friday.Bumped Christ’s W2
Saturday. Murray Edwards W2
Wednesday. Bumped by Lady Margaret M4 Thursday. Bumped by Corpus M3 Today the Pemgibeers were striving for an overbump to put their campaign back on track. Alas the cuel wheels of fate blessed Corpus Christi and the Pemgibeers were bumped. Tomorrow we plan to follow in the footsteps of Magdalen college: quadruple overbumping to regain our fearsome and deserved reputation.
Friday. Bumped by Emmanuel M4
Saturday. Bumped by Jesus M5
Wednesday. Bumped Darwin W3
W4s race report is fairly short – they had a really solid start, and just kept gaining on Darwin w3. They went from 1,2,3 whistles, bell and then bumped under the motorway bridge. All were really happy and are excited for tomorrow.
Thursday. Row over.
They started off well and by first post corner had two whistles on tit hall 3. However, through the gut and along plough reach sadly lost a lot of length in the water so dropped back considerably while tit hall also pulled away in their push for a bump. By the reach w4 lengthened back out well, and started gaining again but it was too late. It was a strong and committed row over and we are ready to try again for the bump tomorrow.
We had a nervy start and first two corners in front of a quick Clare crew, and gave them most of a length and a half because of it. With a bit of a resurgence we managed to fend them off until the top half of the reach where they surged and caught us, a quarter length off the Caius boat in front of us.
Thursday. Row over.
A last minute injury cost us our 5 man for the remainder of the week, and Clare managed to bend one of our riggers during the warm up, but in spite of this we rallied and had a good start to the race, gaining slightly on Clare and dropping the pursuit. Both the crews ahead and behind us bumped out on the reach, at which point we had an easy row over.
Friday. Row over.
Saturday. Row over.
Wednesday. Row over.
Despite a nervy start, W1 pulled away from the big Jesus crew behind them immediately, moving inside station on Christ’s W1 up First Post Reach. Jesus’s tactic was evidently of the ‘fly or die’ variety, and they put in an enormous push coming into First Post to try and move up on us. A shaky rhythm coming into the bend saw Christ’s walk away and Jesus make some headway, but a big push through the Gut saw order restored and Jesus pushed back out to station. W1 established a better rhythm exiting Grassy, allowing us to walk away from Jesus with some ease. Still holding station with Christ’s, W1 gave chase down the Plough Reach, but a decisive move by them saw us pushed outside station on the Reach, and we completed our row-over tired but determined to row better tomorrow!
Thursday. Row over.
A much smoother start than yesterday saw us move rapidly on Christ’s, gaining a whistle by the motorway bridge. W1 held the momentum as Christ’s attempted to lengthen out, and the whistles kept coming up First Post Reach. The pace proved too much for the chasing Jesus boat to handle, and they were quickly dispatched by the boat behind them before First Post. With no pursuing boats to worry about W1 established an excellent rhythm and attempted to hold Christ’s through the Gut, but Christ’s were also quickly gaining on the crew in front of them. Smelling a bump, Christ’s put in an enormous move down Plough Reach and pushed us outside station, before bumping on Ditton Corner. We wound it down and rowed over strongly from there with a great rhythm. Onwards and upwards!
Friday. Bumped by Peterhouse I.
Saturday. Bumped by Fitzwilliam I
Wednesday. Bumped by Sidney Sussex I.
Pembroke M2 pulled away from Sidney on their start and held station with First and Third. We found our rhythm and there was a big push down first post reach and we got our first whistle on FaT. The second whistle was gained after grassy corner and through plough reach. FaT were fast approaching on Clare and we dropped back down to 1 whistle after Ditton Corner. We knew we had to do something fast so gave it everything and fought back to nearly half a length but at that point FaT bumped Clare half way down the reach which also forced us to stop. Since Sidney were close behind us, the decision was made to re-row Sidney chasing us at the start of the M1 division.
In the second race, we had clear water and knew we had to row over to keep our spot. We fought hard and rowed a fantastic piece through the corners. Sidney had a canvas on us round Ditton and we managed to avoid a bump with a powerful rate build. Sidney were on their last legs but maintained a constant overlap and finally managed to secure the bump. A very disappointing day but we will come back tomorrow with a vengeance and make them pay.
Thursday. Row over.
Friday. Bumped Clare II!
Saturday. Bumped Darwin I
Wednesday. Row over.
Thursday. Row over.
Friday. Bumped Robinson I!
Saturday. Row over.
Wednesday. Bumped Magdelene III!
Thursday. Bumped Homerton II!
Friday. Bumped St. Edmund’s II!
Saturday. Bumped Sidney Sussex II
Wednesday. Overbumped by Lucy/Hughes II.
A good start saw W3 settle comfortably in front of Selwyn II and in pursuit of Jesus III. Despite a strong performance from all the girls, we fell outside of station with Jesus as they aimed for the bump in front. With Selwyn bumping out behind us we tried our best to hold a good rhythm and keep pushing on Jesus. However, a very strong Lucy Cav crew came from behind to take the overbump shortly after the plough. With a first taste for the excitement of bumps, W3 is setting their sights on Selwyn II tomorrow.
Thursday. Bumped by Girton II
Friday. Row over.
Saturday. Bumped by Churchill II
Wednesday. Bumped by Caius IV
Thursday. Bumped by Trinity Hall III
Friday. Row over.
Saturday. Bumped by Clare IV
Wednesday. Row over.
The old adage that anything can happen in Bumps proved true today for M4 as 7 out of 9 of the crew powered through their Bumps debut. A solid start to their race saw Emmanuel M4 pushing for a second whistle underneath the motorway bridge before both crews promptly had to hold it up due to carnage further up in the division, resulting in a rerow.
This rerow saw Pembroke pushed hard down First Post Reach by Emma, culminating in a bell on Pembroke as they rounded the corner after having to quickly hold to navigate the carnage of the boats ahead of them. The crew held an immense composure around Grassy as they pushed Emma back whilst skillfully navigating boats sticking out of either sides. Pembroke pushed Emma back to half a length by Ditton Corner and, with the chasers well and truly broken, extended their lead to half the length of the reach for a textbook finish to a race that had been anything but.
Thursday. Row over.
Today was another trial by fire for M4. Hungry for revenge on our narrow escape yesterday, Emma IV pushed off like a bat out of hell, pushing Pembroke M4 hard – culminating in overlap coming into First Post Corner. Despite this, the crew knew they had broken Emma once, and an incredible display of composure saw them fight to do it again – holding overlap through the gut and pushing it back to a quarter of a length coming through Grassy. Emma continued to fight hard, but Pembroke continued to break away, returning back to station before the broken Emma IV relented three quarters of the way down the reach.
Friday. Technical row over. The Motorway Bridge. Such carnage. Very technical row over. So bumps. Wow.
Wednesday. Bumped by LMBC I. M1 set out with hopes of catching Caius for a chance to row over at head of the river for the rest of the week. Unfortunately it was not to be, with Caius resisting their early efforts, before moving on again down the reach. With hopes of the bump slipping away, the attention turned to keeping away from the fast-closing Lady Margaret 1 behind. Despite a push out of the P & E, the blade of the LMBC bowman made contact for the bump with 50m of the course left to go. Not the start M1 were hoping for, but with 3 days left, they will be hoping to make amends, and give the Pembroke crowd something to cheer later in the week. Thursday. Row over. After a disappointing result on the first day, M1 set out to bounce back and catch LMBC off guard from the start on Thursday. Pembroke set off strongly, gaining one whistle around first post corner, and another coming past the plough. Unfortunately, the whistles didn’t come fast enough, and Maggie were just about able to hold them at arms length. Down the reach, the advantage started to shift in their favour, and M1 ended up rowing over, a comfortable distance ahead of Jesus in fourth. Another day, another tough race but, sitting in 3rd with two days to go, it is still all to play for. Friday. Row over. M1 entered the Friday with dreams of a comeback to take the headship still alive. Characteristically, they set off hard, quickly gaining a whistle on LMBC, who had also gained on Caius in front. Into the gut, Pembroke established a more composed rhythm than they had found the previous two days, allowing them to make further headway on Maggie. Two whistles came on the entry into grassy but some rough water and a few missed strokes stalled their momentum. From there on out, Pembroke continued to throw all they had at Maggie, but with less and less of an effect. By the long reach, Maggie had slipped back to a length lead, and would finish comfortably ahead. A row over the final result. With a day left, the dream may be dead but the hopes of ruining Lady Margaret’s week remain very much alive. Saturday. Row over. Report to come.
Wednesday. Bumped by Churchill I. Despite a very successful year so far, W1 faced a difficult first day, chasing a Lady Margaret crew with Novice pots from Nottingham regatta and being chased by a Churchill crew with four blues. An excellent start saw us push off Churchill and into Maggie by quarter of a length, which we maintained into the Plough. But Churchill were hungry for the bump, and having closed the gap made a big push into Ditton corner to a quarter of a length off us. A heroic drive out of Ditton meant we countered Churchill’s closing attack with a rate up, holding them off over halfway down the Reach with Maggie still a length in front. Unfortunately a determined second Churchill push finally forced the issue and gave them the bump. Nonetheless, a hugely impressive, gutsy row from W1 puts us in a strong position to fight back over the coming days. Thursday. Row over. W1 went into today ready to hit right back at Churchill. Another fantastic start saw us gain rapidly on them, and we gained a first whistle going into First Post corner. A strong push by Churchill out of the Plough lengthened the gap out again to just under a length and a half, with Jesus still well clear behind. However, at this point the bumps gods worked their sorcery of carnage. A bump on Ditton corner meant Churchill and Maggie had to hold it up, with Churchill sitting almost perpendicular to the bank for long enough for us to close up. This forced us out to the widest possible line on Ditton corner, which gave Jesus the chance to claim back all the water we’d pushed off them. With the gap now closing to near-overlap on the reach, W1 went into overdrive, pulling off a superb row all the way down the reach to keep Jesus clear. Winding it up for a big finish just past the Railway Bridge, we shut the door on Jesus and took it home with a truly gutsy row over. The corner escapade has ignited the fire in W1, and we will come to tomorrow hungry for vengeance. Friday. Row over. Yet another flying start from W1 saw us gain our first whistle on Lady Margaret going into First post corner. We kept our cool round bumps inside Grassy and took two whistles into Ditton. Just inside half a length, however, our legs began to fade slightly, and Maggie gained clear water in front as Churchill bumped out ahead. A determined push meant we still finished in style at the line, but din’t quite make it to the bump. We come back for one day more to settle unfinished business. Saturday. Row over. With a spooning Christ’s crew in front of Lady Margaret, W1 knew that we had to go out hard on day 4. We had a characteristic strong start, but two days of row-overs began to show in the legs. We didn’t get the early whistles we had done on previous days, and with Lady Margaret also motivated for a bump, they pushed away and caught Christ’s outside the Plough. We held Jesus II off without too much trouble with another quality row. The down one over the four days does not quite do justice to a crew which has had a fantastic term and year, and has shown some excellent technical skill and properly gutsy rowing throughout the week.
Wednesday. Bumped Christ’s I! In M2’s first race they chased Christ’s M2, but the struggle was short lived. Pembroke had a good start from station 16, and heard the first whistle after 20 strokes. Christ’s crumbled under the road bridge, and Pembroke bumped early on First Post Reach, after just 90 seconds of racing. Thursday. Row over. M2 had a good start, making slight gains on Corpus I. However, spurred on by whistles on FaT II ahead of them, Corpus surged on and pulled back to station. Pembroke kept up the pursuit, but eventually Corpus bumped FaT on the reach, leaving Pembroke with a lonely row-over. Friday. Bumped by Clare II. M2 were sandwiched between FaT M2 ahead and Clare M2 behind. Under pressure from Clare, Pembroke lost length and power, and although they got a whistle on FaT, Clare made the bump on First Post Reach. Saturday. Row over. M2 rowed up on the the final day of bumps determined to bump back Clare, or fly and die spectacularly in the attempt. After a good start, Pembroke gained slightly on Clare, but, spurred on by the whistles, Clare accelerated away and claimed their fifth bump. Not content to settle for a row-over, Pembroke pressed on, leaving Sidney Sussex M1 far behind, hunting Downing M2 for the elusive over-bump. But although the chase came within four lengths (down from six and a half lengths off the start), Downing escaped.
Having held station this year, the stage is set to continue pushing up Division 2 next year.
Wednesday. Row over. W2 had a tough day today, but successfully rowed over. After a solid start Emma W2 had an optimistic whistle on us but we pushed them back and continued on to row over. Onwards and upwards tomorrow! Thursday. Bumped by Newham II. W2 had a really strong row today, putting up a huge fight against Newnham W2 who were chasing. Despite our best efforts, Newnham proved too strong and we were bumped on the reach – there is certainly motivation for tomorrow. Friday. Bumped by Robinson I Saturday. Bumped by Lucy 1. Report to come.
Wednesday. Bumped Christ’s III! M3 set off from station 3, chasing Christ’s M3, who were chasing Queens’ M4. Pembroke had a reasonable start and wore Christ’s down to half a length down First Post Reach. However, the bow man in the Queens’ boat caught an overhead crab, and Christ’s made overlap coming round First Post Corner. With a heroic effort, Pembroke pushed round the corner, moving to three whistles at the bottom of the gut. Queens’ pushed on, evading the bump from Christ’s. Pembroke surged down the gut, quickly got overlap, then caught the Christ’s cox a hefty blow with their bow ball, bringing an exciting race to a decisive end. Thursday. Bumped Queen’s IIII in M5 and Selwyn III in M4. A quick two bumps for M3 today, taking them into the M4 division. With a solid start M3 rapidly gained on Queens’ M4 closing so fast at the end that Kevin didn’t have time to ring the bell for overlap before the Queens’ cox conceded, with the bump taking place just as they were coming around First Post Corner. This promoted M3 to the M5/M4 sandwich boat meaning they had to race again, this time chasing Selwyn M3. With a very strong start M3 was able to catch Selwyn before the motorway bridge, only having to row for a minute! Let’s hope the rowing tomorrow is over just as quickly! Video. Friday. Bumped Selwyn III. M3 rowed up confidently to their new, consolidated start position at the bottom of the 4th division. The crew remained slightly nervous at the start (as all crews should be at their start positions), leading to a slightly messy start sequence. This did not prevent them from rhythming into a nice pace, bumping FaT IV well before the motorway bridge. Saturday. BLADES! – BUMPED QUEENS’ IV AGAIN!
Wednesday. Bumped Anglia Ruskin I! W3 off to a really clean start, settling early into a strong rhythm and soon gaining on Anglia Ruskin W1. Anglia Ruskin took some “interesting” lines, but still managed to close the gap on Girton W2. Determined to put their teams tough training to good use, pushes were called to GET THAT BUMP! Anglia Ruskin gained OVERLAP on the boat in front – but couldn’t finish off in time to hold off the victorious W3. A first bump for nearly everyone in the boat- looking forward to tomorrow! Thursday. Bumped Girton II. W3 started strong, powering through on the hunt for Girton W2. Anglia Ruskin valiantly tried to draw up to W3, and by the time we’d reached the motorway bridge, they’d drawn within station. But they stood no chance as W3 drove on, sitting up strong and relentlessly gaining on Girton. Several boat lengths upstream from the motorway bridge, the crews around W3 dropped away as Pembroke settled in and stayed strong. They bumped before first post, stealing the bump from Girton who were drawing close to St. Catherine’s W2. Hopes are high for tomorrow. May the fastest crew bump. Friday. Row over. After a strong start W3 got the first whistle on Catz after 20 strokes, they held it there as Catz gained on Selwyn, but were not quite able to close the distance. Multiple bumps in front left the outside chance if a double over bump which they valiantly chased all the way to the finish line. Saturday. Bumped up. W3 were in the middle of a sandwich. The pre race electric vibe became a tremendous start. We were soon a length down on Selwyn who responded with a push, but not enough to hold us off for long and after the second whistle the bump came quickly.
Wednesday. Bumped Homerton III! The Pemgibeers were feeling good going into bumps today, having all just completed their pre-race weight loss program. The new guys did an excellent job with their first haka, putting fear in Homerton M3’s eyes from the start. After a bit of a frantic start, the guys settled into a good rhythm and started to close the gap in front, and stretch out the gap behind. Going into first post corner, the haka fully came into play – Homerton M3’s 7 man succumbed to his fear and came off his seat. This shortened the inevitable bump, as the Pemgibeers smashed Homerton right in the corner. They’re feeling good about Tit Hall M3 tomorrow. Thursday. Bumped Trinity Hall III. As always, the Pemgibeers were feeling good going in today. Today we were graced by the presence Thomas Schute, here to keep the power in the arms and the speed on the slide. Following some excellent chat on the row up to marshal, the haka (as ever) petrified Tit Hall M3. The start was exemplary – at least 50% of our power went into the water. But truly what lead to our success today was the perfection of Izhan’s bung drop. Dropping the bung when the cannon goes is no small task, but we can rely on Izy to definitively release the bung into the water with grace and style. Propelled by this polished bung drop, the Pemgibeers rushed forward to happily bump Tit Hall on first post corner. Izhan, being a highly efficient cox, managed to combine the actions on bumping and pulling into the side in one magnificent surge to the inside of the corner. Jesus M4 look out. Friday. Row over. Saturday. Row over. Reports to come.
Wednesday. Bumped Jesus. M1 got off to a nervy start with the chain getting caught on the bank which pulled our bows out of line. Good coxing from Ed straightened us up and we had one whistle going into first post corner. After that we never looked back and began to grind Jesus down. Rowing in wash is never easy but the power was there and we finished it off for the spectators in front of the plough with FaT over 2 lengths behind. Good solid row by all but with things to improve on for tomorrow. Next up: Downing, who were bumped by Maggie.
Thursday. Bumped Downing. The successful campaign continues. Full credit has to go to Downing who really took it to Maggie today. Coming down plough reach we were only on station and Downing had 3 whistles on Maggie at one point. Thankfully for us they couldn’t sustain the pace and began to drop off coming round Ditton. We were then able to make the ground up quite quickly and bumped half way down the Reach. Solid row by all and onto Maggie tomorrow.
Friday. Bumped Lady Margaret. We had a clean start and coming out of it we found a very good rhythm resulting in one whistle going into first post corner, having only started at station 3. After that it was all over very quickly and we bumped just before Grassy. We found some speed today which we hadn’t had in the first two days so we’ll be taking that to Caius tomorrow.
Saturday. Rowed over. What a day. We got off to another flying start, although not quite as sweet as the day before. We gained quickly on Caius and got the first whistle in the gut. Sustaining our rhythm we had 3 whistles along plough reach and were rapidly closing in on the bump and the headship. Suddenly out of nowhere someone caught a boat-stopping crab and we were reduced to a standstill. Thankfully we had put a few lengths between ourselves and Maggie and they were still a long way off by the time we got back up to speed. We expended a lot of energy getting back on station with Caius and ran out of steam down the reach. In the end we let Maggie get a little too close for comfort and they crossed the finish line about as far behind us as we had been behind Caius at the plough.
To come so close to the headship and to fall short like that through a stroke of bad luck was pretty heart breaking for the whole crew and it was hard to see through that and realise what a fantastic week we’ve had. Going up 3 in the top of division 1 is no mean feat and we should be proud of our achievement. Motivation for next year is incredibly high and we will look to finally put ourselves on the top spot where we deserve to be. Unfortunately for Caius we’ll have four days rather than one to finish the job off.
Wednesday. Bumped St. Catharine’s 2. Chasing Catz 2 for the headship of Div 3, M2 were comfortable in the knowledge that our prey had no one to escape-bump in front of them. Despite the clear-water disadvantage, we gained a whistle off the start – quickly landsliding in to multiple whistles coming round First Post corner followed by the bell and bump less than 60 seconds later in the Gut. As sandwich boat, we had to wait for our chance to get in to Div 2 for good. Chasing a sneakily fast Corpus 1 and in a heavier tail-wind, no real gains were made in the first few minutes of the race as neither crew let up. Corpus gained whistles on Sidney in front, spurring them on to bump just as we crept inside station. Slightly disappointing result, but exuberant over bump #1. On to tomorrow, a day of rowing over and securing our position in Div 2.