Mays 2017: M3 Day 1

The first day of bumps is always an interesting experience in the lower divisions, as crews find their feet and their pace. After managing to find an appropriate set of blades, ours elsewhere on the river, we enjoyed our row up with the dulcet high-pitched squeal of the cox box feedback, serving us right for stealing (with permission) M1’s shiny new one. Fortunately, it also distracted our competitors as we waited for the carnage of the M5 division to sort itself out. Having quickly switched our blades with M4 at the P&E we could finally settle into our race plan. We quickly pushed away from Sidney off the start, holding station with Caius who were quickly catching up with Wolfson in front of them. Despite catching them by the Plough, they hadn’t got the message and continued rowing after the bump was awarded. We carried on regardless, and were within half a length come the end of the course, Sidney a mere speck in the distance. A strong row-over today and a good chance to bump up on Wolfson tomorrow.