Lincoln Men once again returned to the Isis in Fours for City Bumps, a race in which we have achieved significant success in the past. Having won Autumn Fours in
Michaelmas, and having had some expert input from Doug Bruce in the week up to the race, the spirits in the Oarsome Foursome were high, starting 3rd on the river with
their eyes on the headship. Despite the novelty of starting the race relatively sobre (not a common thing in a race held the day after the first bop of term), the crew were
able to intimidate the opposition with some impressive tap spinning. However, we had not anticipated the strength of the Trinity crew we were chasing. Despite coming
closer and closer throughout the day, the crew were only able to close to within half a length by the end of the day, although we were never troubled from behind.
Although somewhat disappointed, we rowed well, and it served as a fitting sign-off for Lincoln M1 stalwarts Charlie Podschies and John Dudding.
The success of the day on the men’s side, however, came from the hastily put together Second Four of David Sturrock, Luke Buhl-Nielsen, Chris Wallis and Barnaby
Roberts, with a sub appearance for Max Lack. Despite a shaky start, they comfortably closed on all before them, taking blades with minimal effort.
Again Lincoln men showed their strength in small boats, and started Trinity term with a high.
Torpids 2011 - Lincoln men excel
Earlier in the term, M1 gained vital race experience, travelling to the Tideway for a gutsy row in Quintin Head, before heading to Henley for Henley 4s and 8s.
Rowing in such famous locations, interspersed with consistent performances in IWL, significantly helped to calm the nerves for the big race of the term.
On the Wednesday, the crew felt they had a strong shot at bumping Pembroke 2 in front of them, but were unfortunately unable to gain ground, struggling for a
strong rhythm, and rowed over. On Thursday, M1 were again chasing Pembroke, and went off hard, seeking to put them under pressure. Although closing to
within a length by Donnington Bridge, Pembroke bumped Jesus and swung out of the racing lane. Jesus have proved somewhat of a nemesis over the past few
years, but after bumping in Eights last year, the jinx had been broken, and M1 rowed them down along the Greenbank, with the bump sparking mild and
composed celebrations from the stern. The day improved further when it materialised that, as per their custom, Univ had crashed, and were bumped by the
entire division, thus M1 went up 2. Friday again saw M1 chasing Pembroke, but despite finding a better rhythm, they were unable to close.
On the Saturday, M1 had an impressive Brasenose crew in front, and a quick Queen’s crew, who had been looming on the horizon all week. Despite a new master
plan, and finding a much stronger rhythm following the start, Queen’s were closing fast into the gut, only to be denied by a klaxon, as a St Anne’s cox decided to
go for a swim. Although we accepted that Queen’s were the better crew on the day, and had deserved the bump, we were happy with our performance. Up 2
overall being M1’s best performance since 2003.
M2 had been showing great promise all term, consistently placing towards the top in the IWL head races, and went into Torpids with great confidence, knowing
that over the length of the course, they had the cruising speed to challenge anyone in the division. So it proved. On Wednesday, they settled into a fast rhythm,
and ate up the ground on a strong Univ II crew, bumping along Greenbank. On Thursday, things were easier, as they cruised through St John’s 2 before the gut.
Friday didn’t pose any problems either as again an impressive LMH 2 boat were swiftly dispatched. However, as M2 crews of the past can attest, all is not fair in
bumps racing, and blades are never won until the final bump is achieved. Despite
finding a great rhythm and closing on a scrappy Jesus crew into the gut, some poor
steering and foolish coxing from Linacre and New College caused a klaxon in the gut,
and M2 were deprived the rewards they deserved. Nevertheless, their strong showing
once again reiterated the depth of Lincoln rowing, and it bodes very well
for Summer Eights.
M3 trained hard all term, and became a well oiled unit under the guidance of
Torpids’ tallest cox, John Dudding. Unfortunately, in rowing on, the rudder
snapped causing M3 to miss out on qualification, with the rowing on divisions
proliferated by Schools’ Eights. Still, expect a strong showing in Summer VIIIs
For older posts, please click here
News & Results
LCBC is generously sponsored by