Snow luck for Corpus: Downing do the double

Charles Smith 24 February 2010

Both characterised the opening day of lent bumps as Downing managed two over-bumps as both their M2 and W2 made spectacular progress.

Corpus M1 were left humiliated, almost moving backwards as they saw their lead eaten up and taken by the speedy magenta boat on their tail, relegating them three places and bringing them dangerously close to becoming worst first-boat on the river as St. Edmunds climbed yet again.

Both divisions rowed through freezing conditions to complete their first day of bumps on the first attempt, unlike the women’s M3 division which required a restart after a pile up, leaving shivering men’s crews on the banks to wait an additional twenty five minutes.

Novices were really shown up as the more experienced rowers, kitted out in every conceivable piece of kit, including waterproof socks and recycled Fairbairns space blankets, huddled at their oars to await the call to marshal.

Yet with this glitch overcome, the races proceeded smoothly, if a little behind time.

Girton W1 remained at the head of division two as Magdalene bumped Jesus II into third spot; meanwhile Selwyn took FAT II to top the men’s second division.

Both have difficult days ahead as the fresh crews of the first divisions take to the water tomorrow, although as the second divisions are resting, this is their best chance to escape a gruelling week as sandwich boats.

Weather reports predict an improvement in conditions and rowers across Cambridge will be praying that it comes true.

Wednesday’s divisions are rowing at:

M1 – 16.40

W1 – 16.00

M3 – 15.20

W3 – 14.40

M4 – 1400

Charles Smith