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!
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.