Bumps, day 3

July 24th, 2009

After Emma’s instructions that we needed to “give it everything on the start” we shot off at some considerable speed – in fact, I very nearly came off my sliding seat because I was pushing too hard. We got within a length (60′ – the boats start 90′ apart) of the boat in front when suddenly someone caught a crab and it was soon all over. But maybe tonight we can redeem ourselves and avoid getting wooden spoons (the traditional prize for getting bumped every night).

Bumps, day 2

July 23rd, 2009

We had an earlier start because of rowing in the fourth division, and were all psyched up to row the full course. Despite feeling a lot more together than on Tuesday, we were obliterated by an X-Press boat within about 20 strokes of the start! Oh well, at least we’re no longer sandwich boat. And we got to the pub earlier!

Bumps, day 1

July 22nd, 2009

I took up rowing back at Easter with Chesterton RC. Last night was the first night of the Town Bumps, a chance for all the “town” (i.e. non University) clubs to take part in this very traditional Cambridge race.
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