Torpids Day 4 Roundup:
W2: ⬇️⬆️A strong start from the Univ W2 crew saw an early concession from our girls, allowing them to avoid a boat slowing collision. They then rapidly went on to bump Hertford 2 in the middle of the gut. A brilliant ending to the week for these girls!
W1: ⬇️Being chased by St Hilda’s who were on for blades, W1 accepted their fate, but went down with a fight, holding them right up until the end of the gut due to a punchy start initially giving them ground. After this there was a long stretch of clear water between us and Teddy hall, giving the girls the confidence to row it beautifully up to row over.
M1: ⬇️🥄 As the tannoy announced “we’re not hearing reports of anything so far, this is good news for Worcester “ cheers erupted from the boathouse. Sadly, this was not to last, and M1 were caught by Linacre before the exit of the gut. They then rowed it strong and proud past the boathouse, easily avoiding an overbump.
87 days until Summer Eights, bring it on!!!
Torpids Day 3 roundup:
W2- 12:30 – ⬇️Some good looking rowing from the crew today, but sadly not enough to hold off Hughs who managed to secure the bump along greenbanks. Digging deep, Worcester valiantly held off Corpus who were chasing for the overbump along boathouse island and into the finish. W2 may have dropped one place, but spirits are still high for the final day of racing tomorrow!
W1- 2:30 -⬆️First bump of Torpids 2019 for Worcester! W1 set themselves up for the bump with a punchy and powerful start, closing quickly on Teddy Hall and securing the bump before the gut. Two terms of hard work rewarded with a nice early bump! This moved them to the sandwich boat for WDiv2
W1 – 3:30 – ↔️ As sandwich boat, W1 had to race again. A strong row saw them closing on Linacre who started 3 positions ahead. The gap was too big for W1 to achieve the triple over bump, but a good effort all round
M1 – 3:00 -⬇️ Very good rowing seen from the M1 crew today. They sadly got bumped by St Hugh’s at the exit of the gut, but St Hugh’s have a very strong crew this year so it’s nothing to be ashamed of. All their eyes are now focused towards tomorrow, when they will be looking to rowover on the final day to avoid spoons. It’s looking possible!
Tomorrow’s race timings:
W1: 2:30 and potentially 3:30
Thursday Race Rundowns:
W2- 12:30- ↔️📣Race one saw W2 holding off Corpus nicely through the gut and onto greenbanks but a klaxon ended the race early, leaving the legs fresh for race two….
W2 – 13:30 – ↔️📣 Race two began with a quick start, W2 were gaining on Christ Church fast with bow on stern overlap. Sadly, another klaxon ended the race just a few strokes short of the bump. Let’s catch them tomorrow!
W1- 14:30 – ↔️📣A strong, clean and punchy start saw W1 gain on Mansfield, but through the gut, the gap widened again. Whilst holding off Exeter from behind on the approach to boathouse island, the steering cord snapped, but this was nothing our star cox couldn’t handle. Set for a real chase to the finish, yet another klaxon ended the race earlier than anticipated, leaving W1 hungry for bumps!
M1 – 15:00 – ⬇️⬇️⬇️M1 had a decent start again today, but Somerville didn’t get scared by it and caught up to them at the exit of the gut. The M1 then directed all their efforts to rowing to the finish line, but a late surge from Queen’s caught them off guard a few strokes from the end.
Friday Race Times:
W2: 12:30 and potentially 13:30
W1: 14:30 and potentially 15:30
Day 1 roundup:
W2 – A disappointing race for W2 following a coxing mishap and a broken seat at stroke. After being bumped more than once, they continued to row valiantly for the whole course. W2 have most certainly got the legs to bump their way back up so let’s see what tomorrow can bring!
W1 – A solid row over for W1. Exeter closing in the gut but were held off by a big push from Worcester as the race progressed. Worcester even stretching the gap out once hearing the cheers from the boathouse. Hoping for some bumps later in the week!
M1 – Today we didn’t see the start M1 wanted to have, instead they dropped a place to St Anne’s. It was looking promising though after a solid start saw them keeping up with Corpus Christi. However, St Anne’s boat was closing in, which caused a few unfortunate errors, and after one of their blades got stuck in the water slowing us down to a halt, were forced to concede. The potential is there though, even if it’s hard to see after today, and that’s positive news going into tomorrow!
Day 4 roundup (Alex Nevin):
M2 – a rampaging Exeter M2 and an unfortunate crab rapidly put paid to M2’s hopes of a row-over. Down 3 over the week – but 2 weeks ago we weren’t expecting to even have an M2, and it’s thanks only to Jáchym Solecký that we got a boat out. So well done to all of them.
W2 – they held St. John’s off with relative ease, long enough for New to catch John’s and guaranteeing a straightforward row-over. Spoons avoided. As with M2, this crew suffered from severe depletion at the hands of exams – congratulations to them for avoiding the spoons that would have awaited a less dedicated crew.
W1 – a blading Green-Templeton proved too much off the start, and W1 had earned their spoons by Donnington Bridge. A shame for the women’s side that they had such powerful crews behind this week , but Bumps isn’t always fair. We await next year’s sequel, Revenge of the Martlet.
M1 – this was always going to be the hardest race of the week, and it was. Merely on station with Queen’s at Longbridges, a powerful pair-by-pair build on the Green Bank, slowly reeled them in. We crossed with half a length between us at Univ, and a final push broke a running Queen’s about 100m upstream of Worcester boathouse. This ex-Cantab thought he’d done Bumps racing, but the phenomenal roar of Boathouse Island on the Saturday of Eights is now seared in my memory. And Worcester College Men’s 1st VIII has won its blades! It has been a great pleasure captaining this group of men this term. WCBC is back.
Thanks to every spectator, supporter, marshal and umpire for making our week possible. See you in 9 months time, when Worcester goes to Torpids 2019.
Day 3 roundup (Alex Nevin):
M2 – rapidly caught by a fast Queens’ M2 on the entrance to the gut. Exeter M2 chase them tomorrow, they’re currently on +1 but we’ll just to see what speed they’re packing.
W2 – we wanted to hold Linacre off long enough to be caught by St. John’s, but unfortunately John’s soon dropped back. Linacre caught rapidly, yet a superb show of determination kept Worcester moving fast even as Linacre got 8 feet of overlap. The protracted bump finally occurred as they went to cross over on the Greenbank. St. John’s chase them tomorrow – can W2 manage a final-day row-over?
W1 – Wolfson W2, packed with rowers displaced from their W1 by 6 returning blues, were always going to be fierce. And, sadly, they were. Worcester were bumped shortly before Donnington Bridge. Green-Templeton chase them tomorrow.
M1 – Mansfield did their best, but Worcester reeled them just as fast as expected. 1 whistle a few strokes in, 2 whistles by the bridge, and it was all over by the entrance to the Gut. Tomorrow, Worcester chase Queens’ M1. Will it be +4 for Worcester?
Day 2 Roundup (Alex Nevin):
M2 – A mishap on the start line sends them into the bank, unfortunately making life much easier for Benet’s M1. Being chased by Queens’ tomorrow, anything could happen.
W2 – Bumped outside City of Oxford by a classy Magdalen W2. Very bad luck having a crew like that behind them. Sandwich boat at the top of WDiv4 tomorrow, being chased by a Linacre crew – let’s hope this proves a better opportunity.
W1 – Bumped before Donnington Bridge by LMH W1. Let’s hope for better luck and a strong row-over tomorrow as Wolfson W2 chase them.
M1 – We said there’d be a Worc-Lincoln-Mansfield sandwich, and there certainly was. Worcester took a fly-or-die race plan (who needs a stride?), getting to one whistle just a few strokes in. We caught Lincoln with a desperate push on the exit of the gut, saving a grateful Mansfield from potential spoons with just a few seconds to spare. We’ll be chasing Mansfield tomorrow, maybe they can return the favour?
Day 1 roundup: (Alex Nevin)
M2 – St. Benet’s Hall M1 close to 1/4 of a length rapidly off the start, but a heroic effort stops them gaining any more ground. Benet’s looked pretty broken as M2 cement their row over. Same tomorrow?
W2 – A fast Lincoln W2 catch Worcester on the entrance to the gut. Superb evasive coxing from Iona Woodward prolongs the race and we almost fed Lincoln to a ferocious Magdalen W2, but it was not to be.
W1 – A seat malfunction at stroke leaves Worcester wounded early in the race, and Exeter seize the opportunity. Will tomorrow bring revenge? Or will LMH be too much too handle?
M1 – Strong wind and atrocious chop weren’t enough to stop a charging Worcester, who emphatically bumped St. John’s M1 on the exit of the gut. Camron at bow even managed to reach over and grab their stern. Rumour has it Lincoln were losing ground to John’s – Worc-Lincoln-Mansfield sandwich likely tomorrow.
Sadly, Thursday and Friday were cancelled due to poor weather, and Saturday was run in half divisions, so only M1 and W1 got to race.