W1 May Bumps 2016 Race report

Wednesday

With nothing ahead of them, W1 were determined to settle in and make this a solid row-over to keep their place at the head of the division. However, we hadn’t bargained on such a strong Magdalene crew chasing us. Our start was strong and we quickly pulled away from Magdalene and gained some ground, but the chasing crew inched up behind us and had gained a whistle by First Post Corner. Cox Aleka called for a burst of power and we managed to gain a little space, but Magdalene closed the gap again through the gut, pushing up to two whistles by Grassy Corner and immediately following it with a surge which took them up to three whistles. Unfortunately our efforts couldn’t match the faster crew and we had to concede a bump on Plough Reach.

Thursday

Catz had been bumped down by Magdalene the previous day and so we had our target in sight. Only a few strokes out of the start Selwyn W1 had already moved up to a whistle, only a length away from Catz. Spurred on by this, we took a power ten and gained another half a length in the Gut, and were on three whistles before Grassy Corner. The bump was in sight, and we sat on three whistles as we took the corner and came onto Plough Reach. A good line by the Catz cox spared them what would have otherwise been an assured bump. Unfortunately for Selwyn, Fitz W1 had been moving steadily up towards us as all this went on, and as we tried to chase Catz down and close those last few inches, Fitz put on a huge burst of power and got their bump in first, hitting us just by The Plough.

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Friday

Determined to get our bump back, Selwyn W1 managed to get a whistle on Fitz almost straight out of the start, and held them there through the gut, though losing some ground on the straight between First Post and Grassy. Fitz weren’t going to go down easy, though, and pulled away by Grassy to close in on the boat ahead- however, when they bumped, they failed to clear, and were left sitting halfway across the river as Selwyn approached. Making a safety judgement, our cox Aleka called for us to easy. At this point, Trinity Hall bore down on us, their cox unable to see what had happened, only holding it up when Aleka raised her hand to stop them. While the umpires at the scene agreed that Fitz had caused an obstruction, the deputy chief umpire awared Tit Hall a “technical bump” against us- obviously deeply frustrating and disappointing for Selwyn, but the result was sadly not retracted despite our appeal.

Saturday

The last day of Bumps saw us being chased by Homerton W1, a crew packed with CUW returners- not a prospect any of us felt very enthusiastic about! But we decided that if they were going to get us, we were at least going to make it hard for them. Sure enough, we pulled away from them with a powerful start and a high ten, gaining a whistle on Tit Hall, ahead of us. We managed to keep the gap open between us and Homerton past First Post corner, after which they managed to pull back up to station. Aleka made some excellent calls and Selwyn gave it their all, but Homerton steadily closed the distance between the two boats, ending it with a dramatic bump just past Grassy Corner.

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Back: Maria Daley, Jenny Thornton, Teresa Baron (c), Jenny Johnson, Hannah Warwicker Front Row: Emma Harper, Claire Worrall, Aleka Gürel (cox), Eleanor Salter

W2 May Bumps 2016 Race Reports

Wednesday

On our first day we were all very excited but also nervous, as for some of us it was our first time rowing in bumps. Our nerves were exacerbated by the knowledge that we were being chased by Jesus. However with adrenalin and some really gutsy rowing, we managed to hold Jesus off, they were to close to getting a bump at grassy corner but we kept pushing off of them, until Ditton Corner where they managed to bump us. A very gutsy row from everyone and good coxing calls.

Thursday

On day 2 we were ready and excited and determined to row a good race, however, we were being chased by St Edmunds W1, a very competent crew, and they bumped us very quickly, with a very quick start and very strong rowing. We were disappointed but knew we could not have put any more into the race.

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Friday

We were ready and raring to go for day three of bumps. Whilst we were marshalling Pembroke’s coach pulled us aside and asked us to hold St Cats off for a few minutes, until Pembroke could bump St Cats, however this plan did not unfold. Pembroke were too slow off the start, and St Cats put in a solid, strong row, gaining on us quickly and bumping us by 1st post before Pembroke had chance to bump St Cats.

Saturday

On our final day we were as determined as ever, although a little tired by this point, we were ready to put everything into our final row.  We had a fast start, gaining slighting on Cats, getting our first and only whistle in our bumps campaign. However Pembroke carried on solidly gaining on us until they achieved a bump and brought an end to W2’s May Bumps 2016. Despite being awarded spoons, we all knew that we could not have rowed any harder, or put any more effort in and in that respect we were happy and proud of our performance.

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Back Row: Mollie Cornell, Mascha Mironova, Jemma Offley, Abbie Barnes, Freya Hufton, Amy Bland (coach). Front Row: Aimee North, Kenneth McHardy (cox), Harriet Brien.  Absent: Annabel Allison

M3 May Bumps 2016 Race Reports

Wednesday

M3 went into the first day of bumps full of enthusiasm for the week of bumps. For almost the entire boat, it was their first experience of the carnage that ensues on the river cam. A strong start meant they held FaT |V on station until past the railway bridge. Unfortunately, inexperience in the choppy water caused by ARU meant several crabs were caught and they we’re quickly bumped in the ensuing chaos. Despite this, the crew were happy with their first race and knew they had more to give for the remaining week!

Thursday

A rousing team talk beforehand from our substitute cox, Lorenzo, rallied the crew together. Today was fly-in-order to avoid the sandwich boat position. Lessons were learnt from the day before and every member made a strong effort to square early and hold their bodies strong. Pembroke ||| were just that much faster though, and easily caught Selwyn ||| just before the railway bridge. Everyone knew they had given there all though, sometimes the crew chasing is just faster!

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Friday

M3 today saw the return of their main cox, Oli, who loyally came straight from his last exam (smelling suspiciously of Cava). Unfortunately, they also lost Afnan, probably their strongest rower who had to whizz off the America for work. The plan was to try and hold on for the row over, being top of the division and hope Churchill ||| could quickly catch a faltering Queen’s |V, who had gone down the previous day. They started well, with Churchill gaining on Queens and Selwyn holding them on station past 1st post corner. Despite an excellent line taken by their returning cox around the corner, a lack of fitness and experience showed and they were bumped by Queens. An unfortunate day but nonetheless a solid row!

Saturday

Well aware that they were on the verge of spooning, M3 approached the final day with trepidation. They knew Churchill were fast but could not catch Queens yesterday, so were quietly confident about there chances. However, perhaps from overall tiredness from the previous days racing and of course exams, they were quickly caught to 3 whistles after a slightly dodgy start. Oli called for a power 10, yelling at them to empty the tanks and leave nothing left. They held for a few seconds and nearly pulled away, but Churchill’s excellent fitness and mental discipline meant they were bumped just before first post corner. They had spooned, but not without dignity. There was clearly some excellent potential in their boat and they look forward to continuing rowing next year. Beers were shared round and they could start looking forward to BCD!

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Back Row: Rohit Gupta, Mark Rostock, Matt Escott, Tamas Papp, Edward Rochford, Jack Wu Front Row: Jack Entwistle, Oli Wood (cox), Matthew Sheasby

M2 May Bumps 2016 Race Report

Wednesday

Going into day 1 we knew we were faced with a strong Magdalene crew behind us given their very strong performance in champs head. However as a crew we knew we had made significant improvements since then and were keen to go out hard on Trinity Hall in what was three of the crew’s first May bumps. After a strong start we began gaining on Trinity Hall but not quickly enough. We were bumped by Magdalene around the plough.

Thursday

Going into day 2 we were being chased by Fitzwilliam who had overbumped the day before. Knowing they clearly weren’t a slow crew we knew we were going to fight and that we did. A very strong start and row through the corners kept Fitz on station we weren’t giving them an inch. Just after Ditton Fitz made a move but we countered straight away and the gap remained. It wasn’t until near the end of the reach that Fitz made another move. Unfortunately this time we had nothing left in the tank. They soon started moving up on us and despite giving it everything they caught us 200m from the finish.

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Friday

Stirred on by the knowledge that we were could hold Fitz for almost the entire course we knew that the bump back was more than just possible and we were determined to get it. After a very strong and focused row up and a very promising practise start we were very positive in anticipation of the days racing. We lined up to start and as the cannon went we performed easily our best start of the term and got inside station on Fitz. Throughout the course we gradually ate into Fitz until we had three whistles coming passed the plough. Some brilliant steering by our cox, Peter Mooney, saw us to the bump around Ditton. After my initial confusion as to why I was being told to hold it up mid race I soon realised we had bumped as the crew cheered and we rowed to the bank to collect our greenery.

Saturday

On day 4 we were chasing Churchill who were on for spoons and who were just bumped by Trinity Hall a crew we knew we were quicker then. What we didn’t realise at the time was that they were only bumped due to a rogue crab and were actually a very fast crew. We went out hard but not hard enough and Fitz had an incredible start. They started to gain on us early on and rowed incredibly well and caught us before First Post corner. Unfortunately, the unreliability of budget airlines had caused our 7 to have to miss this day but a big thank you to Edward Lewis for stepping in. Thanks also to our Coach Gareth for all his hard work.

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Back row: Rob Byron, Yuuki Shigemoto, Christoph Klein, Ed Lewis (sub), Jack Kelsall       Front Row: Ted Mackey, George Cole, Peter Mooney (cox), Hector Gardiner

M1 May Bumps 2016: race reports

Wednesday

After gaining three whistles in the final day of Mays last year, but failing to finish the job, Selwyn M1 went out with a vengeance to get that day one bump on Magdalene. Aware of our strong performance in Cambridge racing this term, Magdalene went off quickly and kept us on station through to the Gut. To our dismay they caught Churchill right before Grassy, and we were forced to row past the two crews listening to the loud and emphatic cheers of Magdalene, with the sudden realisation we would not get the day one bump on them we had been hoping for all year.

However, we had settled into a strong race pace and were determined not to go home empty handed. Having started six and a half lengths away from Christ’s, who were three places ahead of us, the gap had already closed to four. We chased them through Grassy, past the Plow and onto the Reach. By this point the gap had narrowed to two lengths and we knew the over-bump was in sight. Our cox called for our race move, allowing us to hit another gear and move into Christs at the fast rate we had all race. One whistle quickly turned to three and before we knew it we had overlap. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly for the crew, our cox slammed on the rudder as he went for bump in the second half the reach, causing us to face the bank. Having been a length away no more than ten seconds ago, confusion quickly turned into cheers as we realised we had just got the first division one over-bump in 13 years. Our focus now turns to the remaining three days of our campaign, and we are eager to bring home for bumps for Selwyn!

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Thursday

We approached today’s racing with the momentum of yesterday’s over-bump, but also the knowledge that we would be chased by a hungry “fly and die” Magdalene crew. Our warm up was strong and effective, having got rid of nerves that seized us yesterday, and the crowds were cheering “GO SELWYN”. We bumped Catz in 400m after opening a wide gap on Magdalene, and watched joyfully as they rowed past with the clear expression of sorrow on their faces that read “what might have been”.
On Friday we will be chasing Kings and a bump will place us at the top of our combined boathouse, a position Selwyn has not held for at least 20 years.

Friday

On Friday we chased Kings, giving us the opportunity to reclaim the top spot of our new combined boathouse. Hot of the back of our success yesterday we were determined to do it again. We got of to a strong start and within thirty seconds had our first whistle. From there on we executed the job swiftly, bumping them before first post corner. Bring on the last day.

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Saturday

We approached Saturday confidently, knowing that Emmanuel, who we were chasing, had not been able to move on Queens in Friday’s racing. To our complete surprise they gained rapidly off the start, and we were forced to use our race move ‘Hawaii’ as we entered the gut, or risk the two crews in front bumping out and leaving us with no one to bump. 800m in Emma had overlap on Queens going round grassy. Meaning after only 2 minutes we were doing our second big race move. The tension and potential disappointment in the boat was massive. Huge thanks go out to Queens were able to hold on and move away from Emma, who’s “fly and die” tactic became apparently clear as we closed a length on them in under 20 strokes. We bumped right before Ditton, achieving our blades and going up six places over the week. Perhaps excusable was the slightly over enthusiastic greenery. Huge thanks to our coaches Rachel Crockford and Henk-Jaap Wagenaar.

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Just how close it was to all being taken away!

Selwyn M1 Race Report – Thursday Mays 2016

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We approached today’s racing with the momentum of yesterday’s over-bump, but also the knowledge that we would be chased by a hungry “fly and die” Magdalene crew. Our warm up was strong and effective, having got rid of nerves that seized us yesterday, and the crowds were cheering “GO SELWYN”. We bumped Catz in 400m after opening a wide gap on Magdalene, and watched joyfully as they rowed past with the clear expression of sorrow on their faces that read “what might have been”.
On Friday we will be chasing Kings and a bump will place us at the top of our combined boathouse, a position Selwyn has not held for at least 20 years.

Selwyn M1 Race Report – Wednesday Mays 2016

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After gaining three whistles in the final day of Mays last year, but failing to finish the job, Selwyn M1 went out with a vengeance to get that day one bump on Magdalene. Aware of our strong performance in Cambridge racing this term, Magdalene went off quickly and kept us on station through to the Gut. To our dismay they caught Churchill right before Grassy, and we were forced to row past the two crews listening to the loud and emphatic cheers of Magdalene, with the sudden realisation we would not get the day one bump on them we had been hoping for all year.

However, we had settled into a strong race pace and were determined not to go home empty handed. Having started six and a half lengths away from Christ’s, who were three places ahead of us, the gap had already closed to four. We chased them through Grassy, past the Plow and onto the Reach. By this point the gap had narrowed to two lengths and we knew the over-bump was in sight. Our cox called for our race move, allowing us to hit another gear and move into Christs at the fast rate we had all race. One whistle quickly turned to three and before we knew it we had overlap. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly for the crew, our cox slammed on the rudder as he went for bump in the second half the reach, causing us to face the bank. Having been a length away no more than ten seconds ago, confusion quickly turned into cheers as we realised we had just got the first division one over-bump in 13 years. Our focus now turns to the remaining three days of our campaign, and we are eager to bring home for bumps for Selwyn!

Robert Galbenu Men’s Captain 2016

Selwyn does the Getting-On Race

SCBC Captain Teresa Baron was on the sidelines all afternoon today to watch Selwyn W2, M2 and M3 row the Lent Bumps Getting-On Race- not, unfortunately, due to her overwhelming commitment to the boat club, but because she was drafted by CUCBC to umpire every division as finish timer. This means, though, that she got to watch each crew row past to marshal and then power up the reach to the finish line. It also meant she could snap a few pictures, between recording race times! Here’s what she thought…

M2 was the first Selwyn crew racing today, in Div 1 of the GoR. They rowed confidently downstream to the start line under a bright blue sky, taking a practice rolling start halfway up the reach. I watched them disappear round Ditton, and didn’t see them again for nearly an hour as crew after crew rowed down the reach. In the meantime the wind picked up- a strong 25mph headwind. When Selwyn reappeared they were taking this in their stride, maintaining a strong rhythm as they powered up the middle of the river. Spurred on by the sight of the finish line, cox Will McDermott (subbing in for the race) called for extra power on the drive and the crew visibly sped up, emptying the tank for the last 100m. Perhaps a little messy as they came over the line, but a solid performance from M2. IMG_2922IMG_2925W2 were next, and they rowed downstream with clear determination on their faces. Like M2, they vanished behind Ditton and I was left to wait for them to reappear a little later with the rest of the racing crews. When they did appear, they were valiantly battling against the brutal headwind on the reach, and had Tit Hall hot on their tails. They managed to keep their distance all the way up the reach, motivated by fresher Kenneth McHardy in the cox’s seat, who called for a power 10 just in time to widen the gap just as they flew over the finish line. IMG_2927IMG_2929

M3 raced the Getting-On Race for time only, having been unlucky with a combination of yellow flags and injuries which prevented them from having the 12 outings required by CUCBC to be eligible for Bumps. That didn’t stop them putting in everything they had, though! They may not have been technically perfect (they at least managed to stay mostly together, unlike some lower boats from other crews who quite frankly resembled millipedes, with blades doing mexican waves above the water) but they gave a gutsy performance. A gust of wind hit them halfway up the reach, threatening to send them into the bank, but cox-on-loan Aleka Gürel (our W1 cox) expertly steered them out of harms way and across the finish line. IMG_2934IMG_2937

Great performances from the Selwyn Lower Boats today despite unpleasant racing conditions- we’ll keep you posted on the results!

Well done SCBC Alumns at Fairbairns!

 

Race Report, Fairbairns Cup, Alumni VIII.

A.P. Custard, sometime guest editor of Kiwi, sent us this report

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“All eight sitting ready, this is it guys, we’re going to do it…”

In the crisp blue sky and golden sunshine of a Cambridge winter morning, the grizzled (sorry Penny & Clare) veterans of Selwyn’s Alumni VIII wound it to 30 once more, in aid of the Boat House appeal.

Form and fitness found for the Boston Marathon and honed over three outings since, they would now be tested not just against the ravages of time and un-reliability of memory but other invitational and, most worryingly, current college crews. A rolling start from Jesus flagpole may not provoke in Boaties of any age the pavlovian, pulse-quickening reaction of hearing the Bumps’ one minute canon, but, by then, the realisation had dawned on even the most gung-ho of them that 4300m was quite a long way and might be quite hard work…

Any hope they would be an endearing novelty was not to be; there is already a growing body of other alumni crews: Black Prince (First & Third), Lord Protector (Sidney Sussex), Cross Keys (Peterhouse), Crustaceans (Christ’s), to name a few –they were a lone mixed crew in a sea (well, river) of MAMILs and EMILs (elderly men in lycra)…

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Unsparingly coxed by current SCBC overall captain, Teresa Baron, who steered a fine racing line, the stern pair of youth and experience in Robin Hellen and Huw Champion, middle four of Alex Goold, Hugh Wood, Richard Ingram and immediate past SCBC captain, Nick Jones, in the ejector seat, and the bow pair of Clare Heppenstall and Penelope Jarrett, had what can only be described as a very solid, very gutsy and very committed race, from start to finish. Ably supported by the all ginger bank party of John Pritchard and Jeremy Broadis, they powered 10 for Selwyn before winding again at the P&E, powered 10 at the Railway Bridge to “seriously gun it” along the Reach, before winding again at the Plough, giving it one more power 10 for First Post Corner and leaving it all out on the water by the Motorway Bridge –luckily, they also kept going for the finish at the Little Bridge!

15th out of 16 invitational crews tells only part of the story. With a time of 17 mins 44 (avg 2.03.7) and a very strong field, (fastest men’s VIII 13 mins 49, slowest women’s VIII at 19 mins 46), they can feel justifiably proud even to be mixing it in such elite company.

“A massive well done, you really kept it together; that was so impressive…”

I’m betting they’ll be back next year.

Here is our heroes’ crew list:

Teresa Baron (current Overall Captain)
Alexander Goold  (SE 1989)
Huw Champion (SE 1966)
Robin Hellen (SE 2003)
Nick Jones
(SE 2015 tbc)
Clare Heppenstall
(SE 1984)
Penelope Jarrett
(SE 1980)
Hugh Wood (SE 1988)
Richard Ingram (SE 1988)
John Pritchard (SE 1988)
Jeremy Broadis (SE 1988) all photo credits to you! THANKS!
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Novice Fairbairns

So today we had an incredibly windy novice Fairbairns, with huge gusts and even trees falling down onto the course.

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The results are up here: http://jcbc.jesus.cam.ac.uk/Fairbairns/results.php

NW1 were 8th out of 42 crews
NW2 were 14th out of 42 crews
NW3 were 38th out of 42 crews

NM1 were 23rd out of 52 crews
NM2 were 33rd out of 52 crews
NM3 were 45th out of 52 crews

Well done to all the competing novices and coaches! Hope to see you all out on the river next term.

Tomorrow we’ve got M1 and the W1 squad (VIII & IV) competing in senior Fairbairns so good luck to them – hope the conditions get a bit better!