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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

 

May Bumps 2011 – Reports


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May Bumps 2011 – Final Results

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Men’s Crews Women’s Crews
M1 -3
M2 +4
M3 +3
M4 +3
M5 -4
W1 -1
W2 -2
W3 0
W4 +2

Race videos: Keep an eye on Spanner Spotter for slow-motion footage of all divisions.


Race Reports


M1

Wednesday: Down 1 – 3rd in Division 1. Bumped by Caius.

Thursday: Down 1 – 4th in Division 1. Bumped by Downing.

Friday: Down 1 – 5th in Division 1. Bumped by St Catherine’s.

Saturday: Rowed Over – 5th in Division 1.

 

W1

Wednesday: Down 1 – 2nd in Division 1. Bumped by Downing.

Thursday: Rowed Over – 2nd in Division 1.

Friday: Rowed Over – 2nd in Division 1.

Saturday: Rowed Over – 2nd in Division 1.

 

M2

Wednesday: Up 1 – 16th in Division 2. Bumped Queens’ II.

Although a lot of things have come right in the boat over the last two weeks, the row down to the start was still a little tense. Corpus Christi (sandwich boat) came at us hard off the start and gained to within a length before falling back after the initial sprint. M2 had a solid start and stride; once the rough water was negotiated at the motorway bridge the crew got into a good strong rhythm and closed the gap on Queens’ II going down First Post Reach. Kev got his bell out as we nipped round First Post Corner and the bump on Queens’ II came almost immediately. A good solid start to the Mays!

Douglas Phillips, Cox

Thursday: Up 1 – 15th in Division 2. Bumped Christ’s II.

A good steady row down but during the practise start on Plough Reach Jon’s hand caught the rudder wire which snapped, making the boat a little odd to manoeuvre. When it came to the race, M2 had a solid start and like yesterday quickly got into a good strong rhythm. Wolfson bumped Darwin on First Post Corner, but were slow to clear and caused Christ’s to go wide. M2 rowed a much tighter line and the gap was closed to within half a length. Kev got his bell out half way down plough reach and a tight line into Ditton gave a convincing bump on Christ’s, which was a big relief as the broken rudder wire kept jamming making the boat very difficult to keep on line. Another solid performance!

Douglas Phillips, Cox

Friday: Up 1 – 14th in Division 2. Bumped Darwin.

M2 had a good focused row down to the start with powerful rhythm being achieved during the bursts. I share Chris Bryan’s sentiments from his race yesterday where they were chasing Darwin M2, it is not easy to share the boathouse with ones opponents!! We got a decent start and kept station until after the gun shed. Over the second half of First Post Reach the gap closed to a canvas. We were moving so fast on Darwin by that point that Kev only got to shake his bell a couple of times before the bump came on First Post Corner. All credit to Darwin for giving us a good race off the start.

Douglas Phillips, Cox

Saturday: Up 1 – 13th in Division 2. Bumped Anglia Ruskin University.
BLADES WINNERS – Bumped Queens’ II, Christ’s II, Darwin, ARU.

Crewlist
Cox: Douglas Phillips, Stroke: Jon Gregory, 7: Matt Wraight, 6: Chris Hinde, 5: Paul Ledwon, 4: Scott Warden, 3: Max Whitby, 2: Eddy Flower, Bow: Adam March.

With three bumps already during the week and being the only Pembroke boat still eligible for blades, the pressure was on as we pushed off for this final race. Nevertheless, we had our well-rehearsed and effective warm up which settled everyone. A nice start gave us the first whistle just after the gunshed and we continued to close on Anglia Ruskin down First Post Reach. Coming into the gut we got three whistles and shortly after, Kev got his bell out. We bumped a couple of times in the Gut and finally Anglia Ruskin conceded on Grassy Corner. Blades for M2. A fantastic end to a most enjoyable week.

Douglas Phillips, Cox

 

W2

Wednesday: Rowed Over (x2) – Head of Division 2 and Sandwich Boat.

Thursday: Down 1 – 2nd in Division 2. Bumped by Selwyn.

Friday: Down 1 – 3rd in Division 2. Bumped by Peterhouse.

Saturday: Rowed over – 3rd in Division 2.

 

M3

Wednesday: Up 1 – 5th in Division 3. Bumped Jesus III.

Having beaten Jesus III by 15 seconds over 1500 metres at Champ’s Head, we were quietly confident going into this first race. As we rowed up to the marshalling point, the crew we approached looked far stronger than when we’d last seen them – we had to make this our own race. The first whistle took a while to arrive but the crew was prepared for the long haul and Selwyn III disappearing into the jaws of Clare Hall behind us was a huge incentive to push. Two whistles were quickly followed by three as we rounded Ditton and the crew felt strong. A sudden breeze and a tough line took us wide onto the reach but memories of Lent spurred the crew into action. A rate increase and combined push brought us back on canvas and overlap soon followed – our bowman could taste the bump. Jesus weren’t giving up that easy though and steered away from us. We maintained our push and soon our 2-man, 3-man and even our 4-man had their cox in their peripheral vision. Half way down the reach was longest bump most of this crew had ever achieved but a blade clip was enough to secure the victory.

Chris Bryan, Stroke

Thursday: Up 1 – 4th in Division 3. Bumped Darwin II.

Sharing the boathouse with Darwin means that being chased or chasing one of their crews is never easy. A more relaxed start took us through the first 40 strokes feeling calm and prepared. Jesus III, the crew that we fought hard against yesterday, stayed strong and gave us a good pace to push off. Our better rhythm and determination gave us the first whistle earlier than yesterday. Taking it round Grassy we gained another half a length but at two whistles excitement took over and a few scrappy strokes set our progress back. The push out of Ditton has always been a favourite for our crew and today was no exception. Sitting tall into the breeze, three whistles were soon followed by the bell and a tidy bump. As we pulled into the bank we didn’t hesitate to give 3 cheers to our worthy competitors.

Chris Bryan, Stroke

Friday:Rowed Over – 4th in Division 3.

Saturday: Up 1 – 3rd in Division 3.

 

W3

Wednesday: Up 1 – 9th in Division 3. Bumped First and Third II.

Thursday: Rowed Over – 9th in Division 3.

Friday: Down 1 – 10th in Division 3. Bumped by Selwyn II.

Saturday: Rowed Over – 10th in Division 3.

 

M4

Wednesday: Up 1 – 8th in Division 5. Bumped Caius IV.

Thursday: Up 1 – 7th in Division 5. Bumped Churchill III.

Friday: Up 1 – 6th in Division 5. Bumped First and Third V.

Saturday: Rowed Over – 6th in Division 5.

 

W4

Thursday 9th June: Getting-On Race. Qualified and drawn to 17th in Division 4.

(Raced as Pembroke W5; will henceforth be known as Pembroke W4).

Wednesday: Up 1 – 16th in Division 4. Bumped Jesus IV.

Thursday: Rowed Over – 16th in Division 4.

Friday: Up 1 – 15th in Division 4. Bumped Clare III.

"2 minutes 10 seconds!" – Stephen Halliday

Saturday: Rowed Over – 15th in Division 4.

 

M5

Wednesday: Down 1 – 17th in Division 5. Crew scratched.

Thursday: Down 1 – 18th in Division 5. Bumped by Addenbrooke’s.

Friday: Down 1 – Head of Division 6. Bumped by Girton III.

Saturday: Down 1 – 2nd in Division 6.

 

May Bumps 2010 – Reports


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May Bumps 2010 – Results

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M1 +3
W1 Head
M2 +5
W2 +2
M3 +3
W3 0
M4 +4
M5 +3
M6 +4
M7 +4

FIVE of the ten Pembroke crews won their blades in this year’s May Bumps:

– Women’s 1st VIII
– Men’s 2nd VIII
– Men’s 4th VIII
– Men’s 6th VIII
– Men’s 7th VIII

Many congratulations to all our crews – Row On, PCBC!

 


Race Reports


M1

Wednesday: 4th in Division 1. UP 1 – Bumped LMBC

A nervous start led to the crew not hitting their rhythm and Downing came up significantly to around two thirds of a length. Ahead of Pembroke, LMBC moved up very quickly on Jesus and opened up a gap between us. This was how the crew entered Ditton corner, but coming out they hit their stride and began to wind in LMBC. At the railway bridge the gap had closed to just half a length, but the river was rapidly running out and Pembroke put in a very big push. This moved Pembroke further up onto LMBC reaching a canvas by Morley’s Holt. What followed was a great race to the finish, a huge push by Pembroke and some great steering got us the bump about 15 strokes away from the finish.

A fantastic result and great race.

Adam March

Starting 5th on the river, the challenge for this bumps was obvious. After a slightly shaky start, we failed to hit a decent rhythm around the corners. LMBC ahead moved out to some 2.5L clear, and a fast Downing crew behind started making ground steadily. At the top of the reach, with Downing about 2/3L behind us, we finally found a good rhythm. Downing soon blew up behind us and LMBC were reeled in stroke-by-stroke. With just 10 strokes to go until top finish, contact was made (arguably for the second time) and LMBC had to concede.

John Hale

Thursday: 3rd in Division 1. UP 1 – Bumped Jesus

A much better start than the previous day saw Pembroke push onto Jesus very quickly and gain several whistles along Plough Reach. Coming out of Ditton the crew again came together very well and moved up on Jesus with every stroke getting the overlap fairly early once on the long reach. They bumped convincingly (and possibly more than once) after an extended period of overlap. Again a great result and the crew were happy to have a shorter row!

Adam March

After a tough first day, we knew we had to get off to a faster start to challenge the crews in front. The start was indeed faster, and we found a good rhythm quickly which helped us through the corners (along with some great lines by Tim). Jesus were soon feeling the pressure and the bump became inevitable after a great Ditton corner. After we picked up the pace once more, Jesus had no chance and were caught just before the railings.

John Hale

Friday: 3rd in Division 1. Rowed Over

Saturday: 2nd in Division 1. UP 1 – Bumped Caius

W1

Wednesday: Head of Division 1. Rowed Over Head

After a confident warmup, we had a fairly good start. We moved away from Jesus, despite settling into a very relaxed rhythm. After Ditton, we paddled over at 26 or so, yet still pulling away from Jesus, who were under pressure and got overbumped by Downing.

Very much looking forward to proper racing tomorrow! Bring it on!

Samantha Bennett

Thursday: Head of Division 1. Rowed Over Head

Our pre-race preparation was calm, focused and strong, and we handled the windy conditions well. After an easy first day, we were facing stronger opposition from Downing on this second day of racing. We were able to ignore the crew behind and focus on hitting our rhythm after the start. In the strong tailwind, we found a solid rhythm and started moving away from Downing in the gut. By Ditton, we were two and a half lengths clear, and had a great row down the reach, easing out to four lengths at the railway bridge. We let the rating relax as we took the extra distance, crossing the line comfortably at 28. We know we can do it – bring on Friday!

Samantha Bennett

Friday: Head of Division 1. Rowed Over Head

Saturday: Head of Division 1. Rowed Over Head

M2

Wednesday: 4th in Division 3. UP 1 – Bumped St Catherine’s II

We had a good warm up with a powerful practise start leaving us confident for the race. The boost of adrenelin at the start caused us to rate several pips higher than our usual but no one panicked and we gained steadily on Catz. We bumped at the start of Plough Reach. The chemists in the boat were particulary pleased to have bumped one of our lecturers!

Jon Gregory

Thursday: 3rd in Division 3. UP 1 – Bumped First and Third III

After a fair start, we failed to settle to a lower rate (again!) and had to have a second stride. Despite struggling to find our rhythm in a strong tailwind and being thrown off by the dirty water we kept the strokes powerful if a bit lacking in finesse and secured an easy bump just over a minute into the race. A successful continuation of our slap’n’dash campaign, but I think we’d all like to bump and stay dry tomorrow!

Jon Gregory

Friday: 2nd in Division 3. UP 1 – Bumped Selwyn II

The crew responded fantastically to the possibility of a slightly more challenging race. A very powerful and relaxed paddle to the start made up for the delayed division time. Thanks to a bit of practise on the ergs the crew strode the rate down successfully off the start and hit a really enjoyable rhythm. Strong pushes out of First Post and Grassy Corner gained half a length each; after this it was just a matter of holding the rhythm and waiting for the bump on Plough Reach. A vast improvement on yesterday’s row, and a real reflection of the crews true potential.

Jon Gregory

Saturday: 17th in Division 2. UP 2 – Bumped Corpus Christi I and Emmanuel II

W2

Wednesday: 2nd in Division 2. UP 1 – Bumped Peterhouse

It was a short and sweet bump on the first day for W2. After a solid row down to station the crew were rearing to go. When the gun went they got off to a powerful and fast start, getting the first whistle whilst still on their starting strokes. It didn’t take long for them to convert this to two, then three whistles, at which point the "unleash the martlet!" call came in and W2 went in for the kill and got the bump on Peterhouse W1. A great start for W2 and their move to the second position of division two sets them up for a very exciting second day.

Alex Page

Thursday: Head of Division 2 & Sandwich Boat. UP 1 – Bumped Jesus II

Friday: Head of Division 2 & Sandwich Boat. Row Over (Div2) + Tech. Row Over (Div1)

Saturday: Head of Division 2 & Sandwich Boat. Row Over x2

M3

Wednesday: 8th in Division 4. UP 1 – Bumped St Catherine’s III

After a solid start we settled well. The rate meter was broken so we can’t be sure how fast we were really going but we definitely weren’t getting carried away with the occasion as we maybe did in Lents. It soon became apparent that Clare III behind us weren’t a threat but that still left the task of chasing down St Catz III who we hadn’t seen all term.

It took until close to First Post for the first whistle but after a strong corner we were on top of them and caught them at the start of the Gut. Tomorrow we will be chasing Downing III who were caught by Caius III on the same spot where we ended our race today. We feel confident that we can catch them but it could be a longer and harder race.

Paul Ledwon

Thursday: 7th in Division 4. UP 1 – Bumped Downing III

Today we expected a slightly harder race than yesterday but were still confident we would bump out pretty soon. After a mediocre row up we had another solid start, rating over 40, and after a stride to 34 ate up the boat lengths on Downing III. We soon heard whistles and bumped them so quickly that Kev didn’t even have time to ring his bell. We ended up half way down First Post Reach having started under the bridge. 42 strokes says it all. Caius III did us a favour today and overbumped Kings II. Tomorrow will be a much tougher race as we try and catch Kings before they bump Selwyn.

Paul Ledwon

Friday: 7th in Division 4. Rowed Over

After a good row up we found ourselves under the motorway bridge – terrifyingly close to the gun. A good start followed by some slightly poor rowing around First Post Corner saw us close slowly but surely on Kings II. We were well on course for bumping them on Plough Reach but sadly Selwyn III’s resistance crumbled and caused Kings to not only bump out but also block the river slightly.

After holding it up for a short time we were instructed to continue rowing. Even then Downing III behind us weren’t anywhere near us. On the reach we found our rhythm and gained a few lengths on Emma III in the distance. Unluckily for us, this is one of the stronger crews in our division and they overbumped out shortly after the railway bridge. Had we had either a bit more time to catch Kings or a slower boat for the overbump, we would have been rewarded for our effort. Tomorrow we can have our revenge on Selwyn by getting them spoons!

Paul Ledwon

Saturday: 6th in Division 4. UP 1 – Bumped Selwyn III

W3

Wednesday:10th in Division 3. Rowed Over

Thursday:11th in Division 3. Bumped by Emmanuel III

Friday:10th in Division 3. Bumped Emmanuel III

Saturday:10th in Division 3. Rowed Over

M4

Wednesday: 13th in Division 5. UP 1 – Bumped King’s III

Three eager draw strokes coupled with an excellent starting line (thanks to Kev) gave Pembroke’s 4th Men’s boat their first whistle before reaching their stride stroke. The distance continued to decrease as they rapidly approached Kings III. As the two crews passed under the A14 road bridge and Kev prepared to give 2 whistles, Kings’ 6 man decided to catch an overhead crab and sit out the remainder of this very short race. Pembroke sailed by the floundering crew ahead of them and pulled in to watch the rest of the division with smiles all round – M4 make it 4 out of 4 bumps so far on Day 1.

Chris Bryan

Thursday: 12th in Division 5. UP 1 – Bumped Sidney Sussex III

The start was strong, and the crew began to take distance off Sidney III immediately. Going under the Motorway bridge, we as bank-party could see that this wasn’t going to be a long race; the crew was really gaining ground fast. A quick bump a couple of boats up left some traffic to navigate going into First Post Reach, and cox David really made the most of Kev’s early warning to “stay left”. It was to our advantage that the Sidney cox wasn’t so aware, and therefore had to employ some evasive steering that really didn’t do anything for the speed of their boat.

At this point, one whistle swiftly became two, two became three, and before we knew it there was the bell and a bump. Even without the traffic, the bump would’ve come soon enough. A great performance to watch – keep it up for tomorrow, gentlemen!

Chris Hinde

Friday: 11th in Division 5. UP 1 – Bumped Robinson III

What a weird race. The boat set off well; we were just finishing the start sequence and moving into our race pace when one of the Robinson crew crabbed spectacularly. The cox, seeing us advancing at quite a gallop, then threw her hand up as we were still a quarter-length off! Anyway, we bumped – which is fantastic – and tomorrow we’ll be going for the full set. We’ll give it all we’ve got!

Chris Hinde

Saturday: 10th in Division 5. UP 1 – Bumped Jesus V

M5

Wednesday: Head of Division 6 & Sandwich Boat. UP 1 – Bumped LMBC VI

M5 were the epitome of cool as they swooped in for the bump on LMBC VI to take the top spot in Division 6. They kept calm through the bells and whistles, even those in the crew making their Bumps debut, and quickly converted the signals into a bump. Nabbing their prize in the Gut (seems a popular place for Pembroke bumps today!), the crew had only a few minutes’ rest before a row back to the top to assume their position as sandwich boat at the foot of Division 5.

The day’s second row remained strong, but resulted in a row over. We will have to work harder tomorrow to get Fitz III ahead, but with nothing behind us, we can safely give it all we’ve got.

Chris Hinde

Thursday: Head of Division 6 & Sandwich Boat. Rowed Over x2

The crew’s row over at Head of Division 6 was very convincing; we opened up five lengths over LMBC VI, and were taking it steady by the end of the Long Reach.

However, race number two as sandwich boat proved a little frustrating. Despite our best efforts off the start, a very quick bump between Fitz III and LMBC V left a huge amount of open water ahead, and it became clear that there wasn’t to be an over-bump for us today. On the bright side, there is a good chance that we’ll enter the Division proper tomorrow, with the twice-bumped LMBC V as our targets. This will certainly be a very fit crew by the end of the week…

Chris Hinde

Friday: 17th in Division 5. UP 1 – Rowed Over (Head of Div 6) and Bumped LMBC V (Div 5)

No more double row-overs! Yes, M5 have made it to Division 5. As part of the bargain, we’ve helped set up an interesting LMBC VI vs LMBC V battle back in Division 6… we’ll be waiting to see how that pans out for them. A good row from us, holding steady and winding them in along First Post Reach. More of the same tomorrow, please.

Chris Hinde

Friday: 16th in Division 5. UP 1 – Bumped Kings III

M6

Wednesday: 9th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped Girton IV

As we waited at the start, a YOUNG BUNCH of 8 rowers, we knew we had the potential to bump. A jockey may use a CANE to make his horse go faster, but instead we had our cox (who is from Belfast, not from DERRY) to encourage us.

We were chasing Girton IV off the start, and they had a good start, but shortly after we started catching them and the whistles came. Rounding First Post CORNER, the Girton cox CUSD-IN her seat as we rapidly approached, and it was clear that we would get them, and sure enough we got them shortly after. WELLER it was a good first DAY for Pembroke M6, with a victory, just like the NORMAN forces at Hastings.

Elgon Corner

Thursday: 8th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped Clare IV

O-WEN shall we catch them today, was the question we were all asking before the start of the race, about the crew we were chasing; they CALL-‘UM Clare IV the boat in front. It was windy today, and we got off to a bit of an unbalanced start, but soon settled down into a rhythm. The boats behind us were EL-GONe a long way off in the distance with no danger of catching us, which was ‘ANDY as we could just focus on bumping the boat in front. We started gaining on them but still pushing hard; it took us a long time from one whistle to 2 whistles, but once we had 2 whistles they PETERed out. We quickly got the 3 whistles AN’-DREW level shortly after, before 2’s blade contacting their bow gave us the bump, after a great line from our cox at First Post Corner.

Today’s race was A-LANdmark victory, and we are now looking forward to TOMorrow when we’re chasing FaT. As a German rowing fan shouting on the bank put it “You guys could VIN-AY race against anyvone.”

Elgon Corner

Friday: 7th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped First and Third VI

Today we were chasing FaT VI, and after a good row down we were ready to race, but the start was delayed by half an hour. Anyway this gave us an opportunity to chat to our bank party, who we are very grateful for.

FaT’s boat was old, it had obviously been CHRIS-tened a long time ago, but that was still no excuse to steer it into the bank, which is what they did shortly after setting off. As the cox KIRST-‘Ymself about his mistake, he managed to steer his boat back into the middle of the river, but the damage was done. Like a CAT chasing a mouse, it was only a MATTer of time before we caught them, and sure enough we caught them before First Post Corner.

Rowing back, and not wanting to be PETTY, we gave our unfortunate victims the obligatory 3 cheers. The whole crU-GLOWed with excitement after 3 successive bumps. We are now nervous about tomorrow’s potential opportunity to become king of the CASTLE, and maybe win blades. The delayed start meant we were all hungry for lunch, and so rushed home for some well deserved MCKANE oven chips.

Elgon Corner

Saturday: 6th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped Downing IV

Today we were chasing Downing IV who had rowed over the previous 2 days, so we weren’t sure how good they would be. All we could tell was that they were not FAT, and seemed to have some degree of technique. With some of us having been to balls the previous evening, and having to be up at 9:30, we knew today would be tough. We set off well, and gained rapidly however, catching them in front of the early morning crowds on First Post Corner.

Just to CLAREify, our bump today was our 4th, meaning that we got blades – get in. That is definitely something to celebrate, and we will be DOWNING a drink or two to celebrate this evening. Mays have been great, I’m sure the memories of the past few days will linGIR-TONight, tomorrow, and for many months to come.

Elgon Corner

M7

Wednesday: 13th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped King’s IV

Thursday: 12th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped Downing V

Friday: 11th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped First and Third VII

Saturday: 10th in Division 6. UP 1 – Bumped Clare IV

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May Bumps 2009

Reports:

1st Men
5th in division 1

Wednesday
Bumped Trinity Hall

Thursday
Bumped St Cats

Friday
Bumped Queens’

Saturday
Bumped Downing

1st Women

HEAD OF THE RIVER

Wednesday
Rowed over HEAD

After a solid paddle down to the start we spun on station ready to test ourselves against the other crews, after not racing against them since Champs Head on the 17th May.

We had a good start, opening up the distance to 2 lengths through the first corner. With encouragement from the bank we continued to press away from Jesus, opening up the distance still further down the Plough Reach and onto Ditton corner. At the railings we were ahead by approximately 4 lengths, and continued to send it away through the finish.

Marianne Butler

Thursday
Rowed Over HEAD

Decent paddle down to the start, with a bit of a delay due to the men’s division being set off later. Had one start on the Plough Reach going down, to spin on station just after the 4 minute gun.

Had a good start, found our rhythm and started to push away around the corners, got on to the Reach and kept it solid on the way home.

Marianne Butler

Friday
Rowed Over HEAD

Saturday
Rowed Over HEAD

2nd Men

5th in division 3
Wednesday
Bumped by Selwyn II

Thursday
Bumped by FaT III

Friday
Bumped by Christ’s II

Saturday
Rowed Over

2nd Women

3rd in division 2
Wednesday
Bumped Darwin

After a powerful start, Pembroke were able to instantly take half a length out of Darwin and continued a strong push through to first post corner by which point they were within half a length. It was a shame that after such a strong, clean first minute that Pembroke’s technique then began to sag which allowed Darwin to hold at 10ft. Pembroke continued to push hard though and eventually Darwin gave way allowing Pembroke to overlap them coming into grassy corner. After a considerable period of overlap, even when it appeared Pembroke’s bow was about to mount Darwin, concession was finally given a little way into Plough reach.

Adrain Potter
Thursday
Rowed Over

Like yesterday, Pembroke led with a very strong start and quickly took distance out of Peterhouse. By first post corner, they had closed to within half a length. It was disappointing that once again Pembroke’s technique began to slip and unlike Darwin, Peterhouse were able to persevere. By the long reach Peterhouse had extended their lead back to station and continued to push away slowly until the finish. Darwin regained some ground they lost at the start of the race but never made any significant gains.

Adrian Potter
Friday
Rowed Over

Saturday
Rowed Over

3rd Men

9th in division 4
Wednesday
Bumped by Caius III

Thursday
Rowed Over

Friday
Bumped Tit Hall III

Saturday
Bumped Clare III

3rd Women

10th in division 3
Wednesday
Bumped ARU II

Pembroke’s Champagne boat looked absolutely stunning on the first day of bumps. A combination of psychedelic zebra print leggings with hand decorated t-shirts and visors is certainly what every boat should aspire to. After many envious comments and a few odd looks on the row down we were ready to race.

We went off the start with a bang, giving it everything we had. This was unfortunate for ARU II as their cox had steered them straight into the bank. We really hit them with a fair bit of force during the lengthens. Thankfully none of them were injured and once we untangled ourselves we were able to celebrate, arguably, one of the quickest bumps in the history of PCBC.

All the crew look forward to a more challenging row tomorrow.

Catrin Petty
Thursday
Bumped Darwin II

Day two and the Champagne boat was once again decked out in all their finery. And not only that but their bank party, in an impressive display of solidarity, were also dressed to impress. The boat was expecting a harder row than the day and we weren’t disappointed. As our cox put it so fittingly, “Wow, we had to row a power 10 and everything!”

The boat is looking forward to an exciting race tomorrow.

Catrin Petty
Friday
Bumped Selwyn II

Saturday
Bumped Jesus III

4th Men

14th in division 5
Wednesday
Bumped by Homerton II

Thursday
Bumped by Jesus V

Friday
Bumped by Sidney Sussex III

Saturday
Bumped by Kings III

5th Men

2nd in division 6
Wednesday
Bumped ARU III

Powering off the start, we rapidly gained on ARU and within a few minutes we had three whistles, and definitely no threat from the Girton crew behind us. In order to please the massive crowds that had gathered on the bank this Wednesday lunchtime, we maintained this position (deliberately obviously) for quite some time, leaving the helpless ARU crew to try and struggle away. We soon tired of this facade and upped the power once more, giving a good bump on Plough Reach.

Alan Day
Thursday
Rowed Over

Today was looking to be a tough row. With only 2 boats in front of us, it was likely we would have to row over, something which did not faze us as this was what all the hard training was for. This was confirmed as Downing IV bumped out Queens’ IV in about a minute, leaving the river open for us to enjoy a leisurely row upstream.

Coming onto the Reach with around 4 boat lengths on ARU, we dropped the rating to refresh our strength should we need it. Still pushing them away (despite their coach’s encouragement ‘They’re rating lower than you!’) we saw them defeated by Hughes Hall II under the Railway Bridge, leaving us the only boat left still in the race as we cruised over the finish line

Alan Day
Friday
Bumped Queens’ IV

This was looking to be an easy bump to make up for the long row yesterday. Gaining one whistle off the start, we continued to gain on them as the double-overbumping Hughes Hall crew slowed down behind us were pushed back into keeping station by our speed. Having three whistles and then overlap as we came into Grassy, a nice line by Tim secured the bump (or in fact, several bumps).

Alan Day
Saturday
Rowed Over