Men's 1st VIII Finish 174th at HoRR

After a long term of rowing and an eventful but successful Lent Bumps campaign, M1 reunited for what would be their final outing of the term - The Head of the River Race on the Tideway. After one of the most poorly attended crew dinners possibly ever the night before, featuring the obligatory screening of ‘True Blue’, race day began at the crack of dawn, as we left Cambridge at 6am for the drive down into the Capital. After Santiago “is anyone else going blind” Dubov’s shambolic directions on our January training camp in Sicily, the role of co-pilot fell upon Bailey “This bottle is too small” Brookes who seemingly led us into a random car park that resembled a building site. However we were

Lent Bumps 2018 Day 5: “Well Done Corpus!”

Men's 1st VIII The Saturday of a Bumps campaign is always eagerly anticipated by crews, hoping to end on a high and bump in front of crowds at the Plough Pub or Grassy Corner, finally wash their disgusting boat and unisuits, and in the case of four-seat Nils “Sit Up” Burger, end the longest run of alcohol abstinence in their entire adult life. Heavy snow the evening before set the nerves jangling for a repeat of Thursday’s race abandonment, but tropical temperatures on the day (+2 °C) saw the snow quickly turn to slush and so this proved no threat to racing. The end of the Beast from the East weather system coincided, almost poetically, with the final race for our own Eastern Beast, Marcin Z

Lent Bumps 2018 Day 4: M1 Show Snow Signs of Stopping

Men's 1st VIII After the heroics of college boat clubs pulling together to clear a path for cyclists to follow the crews (and to allow Jesus to have a clear river for an outing), Day 4 of Bumps was on. Silas had returned from being a useful snow shovel to his rightful place in the boat as our natural three seat and M1 paddled down to the marshalling area with all the grace and finesse of a fish out of water, flopping aggressively from side to side. Once our coach Ben “Tripos Topper; Heart Stopper” Pilgrim joined us we switched on to produce some great rate builds and a practice start that some would call “okay” before pulling in to our station. The start rolled around and as we pushed out, t

Lent Bumps 2018 - Day 3: Where is this towpath guys?

After the cancellation of the M1 division on Wednesday afternoon and the sub zero temperatures that followed into the night, it was no real surprise that CUCBC decided to abandon races on Thursday. Curtains were pulled open in the morning to another fresh dusting of powder, and a gloomy sky that looked ready to drop more of the white stuff. Come midday, the rowers of Cambridge had become frustrated at the possibility of missing an entire bumps campaign, and cometh the hour, a Facebook group was set up to organise the mass clearing of the towpath so that Friday's racing would be safe. The plea was sent out for volunteers and the supply of shovels and salt in Cambridge swiftly decreased in wha

Lent Bumps 2018 Day 2: Winter is Coming (and so is Corpus)

Women's 1st VIII On the second day there was what can only be called a blizzard (by Cambridge standards), but we battled the cold and knew we had a real chance of beating Christ’s W2 (who got bumped by Hughes Hall the day before to become the sandwich boat between Division 2 and Division 3). We paddled down to the start in heavy snow and got into place, visualising the race ahead. Once we started we could feel that the cold didn’t do our rowing any good; we rowed well but not to the same level as the day before. With excellent corners from Mary Butler, we bumped Christ’s II just after Grassy corner. Putting greenery on we rowed back to the boathouse through even more snow, in high spirits bu

Lent Bumps 2018 Day 1: The Five Year Plan Continues

Men's 1st VIII Now into the fifth year of The Great Pilgini's Five Year Plan, (which has already seen a rise of nine places in the Lent Bumps, a 6.3% drop in 2k times and a 13.9% increase in the quality of chat), M1 were looking this year to make further progress up Division 2. Off the back of CCCBC's first overseas training camp, M1 came into Lent term with a crew made up of four novices, and only three returners from last year's May campaign. In the bows, Santiago "ask me for directions" Dubov is joined by Bailey "relieved to no longer be worst in boat" Brookes. Silas "natural three seat" Hope and Nils "crab specialist" Burger make up the middle of the boat along with Haralds "doesn't do w

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