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W1 Lent 2020 - Day 2

After a not totally unexpected bump from Queens’ on Wednesday we were ready for a tough rowover ahead of a record breaking Darwin crew. The marshalling proved much less dull than Wednesday, with no M3 division to rerow and Darwin dunking their cox in the river for good luck. The race followed a similar pattern to the day before with a solid start. Darwin’s cox dunking evidently brought them some free speed as they then steadily advanced to catch us at almost exactly the same point as Queens’. Charlie even chose to park us in the same bush, this time accompanied by the dry heaves of Amelia Syruphands. We gave it everything and left it all on the river to try to avoid sandwich boating. This was clearly noticed by one spectator who later submitted a Rowbridge in honour of our “desperation screams”. On the row home we received many a compliment on our hats, which lifted our spirits as we prepared for the possibility of two races the next day.




W1 Lent 2020 - Day 3

Despite the gloomy skies, W1 started Friday feeling determined. We were a little concerned by the presence of a traitor in the bank party of Homerton (we’re looking at you Will!), but with Rosie bringing fresh legs to the boat we were feeling optimistic. Given the weather conditions we felt it was practical to wear the hats forwards – a decision we would later come to regret! Seeing W2 in their foliage brought a welcome boost to an otherwise soggy marshalling session. We rowed down to our station at the head of division 2 with waves sloshing in the boat. After a scramble to remove our many layers of waterproofs we were ready for another fight. Will’s coaching had obviously paid off, as Homerton made steady gains on us up The Gut. Despite our best efforts, some classic Charlie coxing calls (“Jo, your blade *is* ok!”) and Brie’s impressive grunts, they managed to make contact just after Grassy corner. We will be back tomorrow with a strong game plan – a solid bank party, possibly a quick pre-race dip for Charlie (she may not be keen, but it worked for Darwin!) and hats returned to their correct orientation.


M2 Lent 2020 - Day 3

After the rather eventful second race, we were determined not to let anyone bump us again. It was clear it would be a tough race from the start in the strong headwind and rain, but we were confident we could get Robinson before they got Christ’s. Everyone was soaking wet by the time we got to the motorway bridge.
I don’t know what exactly went wrong when the start cannon went off, but it seemed like everything did. We were not ready, only 3 people took a proper stroke on the first draw, we were pointing in a completely wrong direction because I didn’t manage to get the boat perfectly straight and with most of stroke side not rowing we couldn’t make up for it. I managed to turn it just before we hit the bank and the guys did the rest of the starting sequence well, we didn’t panic. 

Nevertheless we got to hear the first whistle of Tit hall behind us very quickly as they gained on us during our complete disaster of a start. The dream of catching Robinson left us quickly after that. By grassy, the Tit Hall bow ball was just centimeters away from our stern. I called a power ten as I heard the cox behind us scream ‘kill’ and we pulled away. I, the bank party and some of the other people all yelled at the boys to stay on it and they did. The continued whistle dropped down to 3, I looked over and saw them quite far behind. I tried to take every corner as narrow as I could as I heard the whistling slowly cease. The next high pitched sound I heard was Will’s ‘YES!’, clearly completely out of breath. I looked over and more than a boat length behind us Tit Hall got caught by Churchill just at the top of the reach. It felt amazing and I know that we earned it.

We all had our little moment of relief and celebration and kept on going at a steady rate 32. I went through all the different coxing calls I could think of as we were passing the boats lined up for the next division, but we knew no one would catch us anymore and there was no one left for us to catch. We rowed over (and then a bit more, sorry about the coxing confusion), but even if we bumped tomorrow, I don’t think I could be more proud of the guys than I am today.

M1 Lent 2020 - Day 1

It was a really big day, first day of Lents 2020. We have been training hard all term for this, all the early mornings and evening erg sessions were finally going show themselves as pure power on the river. The previous year had been a strong one, and we would have to fight hard to hold our position. Christ’s were behind us with an unearned cocky attitude, but with First and Third in front of us it looked like we were in for a potentially long and painful chase. As nervousness set in with the one minute cannon, we got a well-practised push off from the bank and set ourselves up in front stops. With the final cannon blast we went into the starting sequence, putting all our power through the blades. With adrenaline rushing through my head, I couldn’t tell if I was rowing well, what our rate was, or even if I was pushing hard. Minutes passed in a single moment, in a state between pain and euphoria. We got cheered on by FaT from the side of the river, giving us fuel to keep Christ’s away from us, FaT had evidently bumped Jesus, thus confirming our targets for the next day. We were determined not to let Christ’s bump us, and seeing them get bumped behind us was extremely satisfying, especially as it looked like they blocked the river behind us as they were going in to the side, although it was hard to tell for sure because we were speeding away from them at high velocity and soon were invisible to the unaided eye. With no more crews fit to challenge us on the river, we confidently rowed through to the end posts. I felt like I was flying.

- Gustavs Mežciems

M2 Lent 2020 - Day 2

We started today’s race with confidence after the strong row-over on day 1. From the start we were again very quick and about thirty seconds into the race we heard Carmen blow her whistle for the first time, meaning we were within one boat length of Christ’s II. In stroke-seat, I had been wondering why Maya, our cox, did not give us a rhythm call. She saw that we were catching up to Christ’s so quickly, that she did not want to lower our rate, as it would likely be a short race. At this point we suffered an unfortunate turn of events: Eli’s seat popped off his slider, and he was constrained to using only his upper body and arms. Although he never stopped rowing, the loss of power was too severe. Robinson II steadily advanced on us, until finally getting the bump. Despite an unlucky second day, we remain optimistic, knowing how close we came to bumping Christ’s. 

- Max Luedecke

M2 Lent 2020 - Day 1

After inauspicious, and slightly soggy (ok, very soggy) beginnings on the morning of Day 1 of Lents, ahem, Catz M2 proved their metal with a determined display in challenging conditions. Sandwiched between Magdalene II and Tit Hall II, we got off to a good start, with Max in stroke setting us a rapid pace, but one that was nonetheless held well by the crew, moving through the strokes in tight unison. Approaching the first corner, we were holding our ground; unable to gain on Magdalene, but managing to keep Tit Hall at bay. Having bumped Christ’s at the corner, Magdalene failed to clear, blocking our path. As the race was held up and other crews having bumped or deemed to have technically rowed-over, the heavens proceeded to open. With Catz, Tit Hall, and Robinson being the sole crews to re-row, our chances to bump had gone. But the work was far from over, with us still needing to row-over and see off Tit Hall. As the cannon sounded and we gritted our teeth and pushed off from the bank, the clouds begin to clear. Starting strong again, we quickly put distance between ourselves and Tit Hall. As our advantage grew, Robinson closed on Tit Hall and got their bump. With our job done and the sun shining, we enjoyed a gentle paddle back to the boat house. All in all a promising start to the campaign.

- Lowell Lloyd

Lent Bumps 2020

Yet again Lent Bumps is upon us, starting on Tuesday 25th February. 4 Catz crews are competing: M1 and W1 in their 1st divisions, with M2 and W2 in their 3rd divisions. The table will be filled in as results (and hopefully reports) come in.

Hover over a result to see if a race report is available. Click on the crew name to see its members.

  Division Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday 29
M1 M1

Rest Day

 Rowed Over Bumped by
Trinity Hall M1
Bumped by
Kings' M1
 Bumped by
Magdalene M1
W1 W2
Rest Day Bumped by
Queens' W1
 Bumped by
Darwin W1
 Bumped by
Homerton W1

Bumped Homerton
W1 & Girton W1 

M2 M3
 Rowed Over  Bumped by Robinson M2 Rest Day  Rowed Over Bumped
Christ's M2

W3  1:20pm

Bumped by Pembroke W2

Bumped by
Caius W2

Rest Day  Bumped
Caius W2
 Bumped by
Caius W2

For information on where to watch the bumps from see here. Division times are here.
Follow the action on the radio at and see official results here
For a map, see here. Join the tow-path at the pink marker, and follow it to the North-East.
Grassy corner (the second big corner, the large right-hand bend) is a particularly popular spectator spot.

May Bumps 2019 Overview

May Bumps starts on 10th June and we have 6 Catz crews participating.

Hover over a result to see if a race report is available. Click on the crew name to see its members.

  Division* Day 1 (Wed) Day 2 (Thu) Day 3 (Fri) Day 4 (Sat)
M1 M2
Bumped by
Hughes Hall
Rowed over Bumped Homerton Bumped Girton
W1 W1
 Bumped Peterhouse Bumped Homerton Rowed over Bumped by Queens'
M2 M3
Bumped by LMBC II Rowed over  Rowed over Bumped Christ's II
W2 W3
Rowed over  Rowed over Bumped by
Emmanuel III
Rowed over
M3 M4
Bumped by
Churchill III
 Bumped by
Downing III
 Bumped by
Homerton II
Rowed over
W3 W4
 Bumped by
Queens' III
 Bumped by
Caius III
 Bumped by
Fitzwilliam II
Fitzwilliam II

* Divisions start 2 hours earlier than stated on Day 4 (Saturday)

For information on where to watch the bumps from see here. Division times are here.
Follow the action on the radio at and see official results here
For a map, see here. Join the tow-path at the pink marker, and follow it to the North-East.
Grassy corner (the second big corner, the large right-hand bend) is a particularly popular spectator spot.

M2 Mays 2019 - Day 2

Having been bumped by a rapid Magdalene M2 on the first day, Catz M2 were keen to get back into our stride, chasing Magdalene and with Trinity Hall racing behind us. We started on station six, right next to the bridge, cannon and outflow. We pushed off twenty seconds before the start cannon, and were unlucky to have our bows caught by the outflow, causing Stephen to drop the bung. Despite the mishap we got off to an excellent start, with a solid rhythm call.

Coming up to first post corner, we passed three boats pulled into the towpath: Magdalene had been at canvas with Robinson as they had bumped Christ's, so they were awarded a technical row over. Our crew sped past, realising that neither a bump or an overbump were any longer on the cards, and with Trinity hall on station behind us. As we came up to Ditton, their bank party began making very optimistic whistles they made a push and closed the gap to just under a length, but as we entered the reach, we began to pull away, taking back two lengths by the time Trinity Hall began to wind down by the marshalling zone.

Catz M2 produced a quality row over and we're raring to go for tomorrow!

- David Evans

W2 Mays 2019 - Day 2

With a solid race plan in place, Catz W2 set off confident to catch Eddies’ this time, hoping not to have to do a painful rowover again.

Whilst Mother Nature spared us the torrential rain, she decided to give us some wind to battle through instead. Despite strong winds funneling through the motorway bridge, W2 set off to a solid start, reaching a phenomenal rate 39, which left us with our first whistle from Eddies. On the other end, Emma was also gaining on us, with their very ambitious first whistle being blown as we were taking our first corner.

Unfortunately, chaos started after the 3rd minute in as Crews ahead failed to clear the river in time, forcing all crews to hold it up, a situation division 3 is familiar with. Fortunately this time, Catz W2 did not mount Eddies’ boat, and we were left with a technical row over. We had a solid row back, disappointed not to have caught Eddies’, but glad not to have had to rerow the whole course. Third try is our lucky one, hopefully we’ll be able to implement our race plan this time round!

- Astrid de Boysson