Report from our Bumps Crews
Men's Division 3
Looking to build on the successes of Tuesday evening we started Wednesday on the 6th chain chasing Cantabs 8 and followed by Champs 4, looking for revenge. We started well, taking a length off Cantabs by 1st Post, but soon hit very rough water as Cantabs closed on and then bumped City 9 in The Gut, temporarily blocking the river. Realising that there should be at least one boat on the river ahead of us that could be bumped we restarted our pursuit. Now you’ll remember that Jo, our cox, was keen for us to bump before going around the corners on the Cam and as we rounded Grassy we discovered that our tiny rudder was woefully inadequate for the job and we drifted round the corner and side slapped the bank as we entered Plough Reach. Behind us City 11 had bumped Champs 4 and ahead of us the spare boat we were chasing had disappeared so we decided to call it a night and settled for a row-over. On Thursday we chase City 9 and are chased by City 11.
Women's Division 2
New Day New Crew! Molly dropped into the boat at 2 for her first sweep oar experience! Had a tremendous practice start and even the real start was better than yesterday! The City 6 crew we were chasing had a faster start and were rapidly gaining on City 7. However, we managed to stride well and Ellen called the push just before they did and we closed a length in 6 strokes to another Bump on 1st Post Corner! Now to tackle City 7 before City 6 catches up with us!
Women's Division 3
W2 (Sweep of Faith) is getting closer – to within 2 whistles of a bump on day 2!
Looking forward, our strategy is seriously upping our training mileage. With a chain near the lock, we get the longest
possible row down to the start; and two row-overs in 2 nights ensures we are getting maximum practice under race conditions.
Look out Cantabs 12 – we ARE going to get you!