May Bumps 2013 – Day Two

Another eventful day on the Cam, with exactly the same overall results as the first day for S.C.B.C.

The day started with the Hermes M4 boat restored to their sandwich boat position at the head of Division 6 thanks to a scratch from F.a.T. V higher up in Div. 5. A strong row over at head was followed by an impressive long-haul bump on Homerton III, which took from the Lock until Ditton. The Hermes boys will be hoping to continue their ascent today. The Pimm’s boat gave a much better showing of themselves on Day 2, gaining one whistle on Clare III, who had had the advantage of W3’s crash yesterday. Sadly, Emmanuel IV, who had overbumped the day before, were steadily pressing up on Selwyn, and despite some sturdy resistence from the girls, got the bump.

M3 were also looking to make up for a disappointing first day, hoping to hold off St Cat’s III for the course. Despite some pre-cannon drama ahead of us, with Wolfson II losing a gate on the row-up (they got it fixed in time, but still only held Jesus halfway down First Post reach), M3 had a much calmer and stronger start than yesterday, and settled into a good race rhythm. Cat’s began creeping up and though M3 held it together strongly, and made them fight all the way to the Gut, they were just unable to muster that extra 10% to start pushing away. Day 3 will see them attempt to learn from this with Christ’s III (their fellows’ boat) behind.

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M3 Row Home. (c) L. Santinelli

After Day 1’s disappointement, W2 were looking for a strong performance to give themselves another shot at Pembroke, whom they had nearly bumped on the first day. With a strong Girton II crew pushing from behind, W2 started well and a massive crab from St Cat’s ahead gave them hope of a revenge bump. Sadly, Girton gave it everything and managed to catch the girls just before they could hit Cat’s, who were parked on the bank. The resulting clearing led to Cat’s being trapped and granted a technical row-over, allowing Magdalene II to power through and get an unconventional ‘Overbump and A Half’ on Pembroke III, with the three crews between them out of action.

M2 knew that Darwin I would be more of a challenge than F.a.T. III had been, especially with a catchable Clare II ahead of them. A strong start saw them stay on station with Darwin and maintain that all the way through to the Railway bridge, where Darwin finally ground down Clare for the bump. A strong row-over for M2 though and high hopes for chasing Clare on Day 3. Meanwhile, F.a.T. behind them were bumped by Cat’s and caused a re-row of the entire division below 6th.

In the 2nd division, M1 continued their climb with a powerful bump on Robinson, who had given Peterhouse a long race the day before. Selwyn looked to finish the job early though, and a few strong shunts in the Gut, combined with some erratic steering from ‘Binson saw them get the bump just before Grassy. W1 had a similar fly or die attitude in their race, pushing well up into Girton, as Peterhouse pressed hard behind. With Selwyn hovering less than half a length off Girton’s stern, Peterhouse put in a push to finish it off though, and got the bump.

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M1 after bumping. (c) L.Santinelli

May Bumps 2013 – Day One

Mixed fortunes on the first day of the 2013 May Bumps for S.C.B.C., with two bumps, one row-over and four crews going down.

The first Selwyn boat in action was M4, representatives of the Hermes Club, who faced a tough row at the head of the 6th division being chased by Darwin III, their fellows’ boat. Their superior experience showed in both their rowing and their choice to wear lycra even in Division 6, and despite some solid racing from M4, Darwin caught them on Grassy (managing in the process to give the bow of Laurie a closer acquaintance with the bank than was ideal). Darwin went on to bump Homerton III as sandwich boat, so M4 will at least have a new target in their sights, although the scratching of FaT V has possibly led to some rejigging of the start order. The Hermes boat’s female counterparts, the Sirens Club, rowing as W3, definitely had circumstances against them in the 4th division: a rushed push-out, the strong headwind and then a snapped rudder line saw them career into the bank before really getting going in their race, leading to them being caught by Clare III. The girls will be hoping to acquit themselves better tomorrow.

Next up was the recently assembled, mostly MCR M3. With a swift Jesus III crew behind, it was a matter of trying to hit Darwin II in front as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, Jesus proved too fast, although a collision with Darwin, after they had bumped Wolfson II ahead, led to some confusion: Jesus’ bump was awarded at the time, but The Tab later reported (at 16.13), erroneously it seems, that the decision had been overruled and technical row-overs given instead.

Both the men’s and women’s second boats started strongly in their respective races in the 3rd divisions. W2 had three whistles on Pembroke III in the Gut, but couldn’t quite finish the job before St Catherine’s II behind them came back strongly for the Bump on Grassy Corner. M2 on the other hand took advantage of their strong start to reel in First and Third III and complete the bump just before entering Grassy.

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M2 pulling in for their greenery at Grassy Corner. (c) L.Santinelli

And finally to the first boats: M1 raced first, chasing Downing II in the 2nd division. Downing put up a sturdy resistance, but Selwyn steadily ground them down, pushing inside a length by Grassy, and finally getting the bump on Ditton. W1 put in a solid performance in the 1st division, rowing over after crews bumped out ahead and behind them: having gained some ground on St Catherine’s in front, this was soon lost as Cat’s pushed into a flagging Girton, eventually catching them by the Plough. Tomorrow brings an interesting line-up with Selwyn getting a shot at Girton, while being chased from behind by Peterhouse, who caught Magdalene today.

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M1 chasing down Downing II. (c) L.Santinelli

A tentative start for S.C.B.C. all round, but one which bears some promise for the rest of the week!

 

UPDATE – Full race reports are now up on the website:

M1 – Wednesday – bumped Downing II

W1 – Wednesday – rowed over

M2 – Wednesday – bumped FaT III

W2 – Wednesday – bumped by Catz II

M3 – Wednesday – bumped by Jesus III

Pimm’s boat (W3) – Wednesday – bumped by Clare III

Hermes boat (M4) – Wednesday – bumped by Darwin fellows

Crew Lists for May Bumps 2013

Seven crews will be representing Selwyn College Boat Club at May Bumps 2013. Best wishes to all those wearing maroon and gold next week! The crew lists are:

M1 

X: Will McDermott

S: Tom Menzies

7: Daniel Morris

6: Sam Clayton

5: David Barton

4: Nick Jones

3: Alistair Philpott

2: David Galluch

B: Nigel Coburn

Coach: Enya  Meadows

W1 (crew order not confirmed)

X: Claire Hayes (Captain)

S: Eleanor Wigham

7: Laura Leyland

6: Lizzy Johnstone

5: Sophie Clarke

4: Sarah Latty

3: Anastasiya Pachyna

2: Helen Lambert

B: Nia Martin

Coaches: Tom Copeland, Laura Kaye

M2

X: Jess Foster

S: Charlie Nye

7: David Broder-Rodgers

6: Ben Michaelis

5: Tom Jellicoe

4: Geraint Harcombe

3: Hamish Jenner

2: Matt Draper

B: Charles Cooper

Coach: Caroline Reid

W2

X: Imrat Fayyiz

S: Nicola Wood

7: Charli Seneschall

6: Lizzie Corrie

5: Katrin Pfeil

4: Hannah Warwicker

3: Isabelle Bush

2: Heidi Wardle

B: Helen Griffith

Coach: Ollie Crabb

M3

X: Mick Deneckere

S: Joshua Pugh Ginn

7: Brian Azizi

6: Carl Salji

5: Rich Cartwright

4: Luke Miller

3: Ivan Babic

2: Adam Fraser

B: Donal Gorman

Coach: Lizzy Johnstone, James Hugall

The Pimm’s Boat 

X: Izzy Jeary

S: Becky Haggie

7: Alice Browne

6: Jenny Martin

5: Amy Bond

4: Ellie Jeffreys

3: Hannah Harley

2: Bryher Bowness

B: Louise Mead

Coaches: Emma Copham, Lizzie Robinson

The Hermes Boat

X: Christian Vaquero

S: Tom Beaumont

7: Ben Foster

6: Hamish Auld

5: Sam Roberts

4: Will Vernon

3: Arthur Kissin

2: Andy Robertson

B: Joe Yarwood

Coach: Matthias Schnellmann

Whether its your first cannon or thirty-third next Wednesday, remember to stay calm until the start then let hell break loose! Good luck to everyone!