Daniel Chatfield


2013 M2 May Bumps – Day 4

Day 4, and everyone was feeling tired from the excitement of the previous night’s May Ball (and because they’d been rowing really hard all week, of course). With it being the weekend, and the last day, a lot of people had family watching. When P. Lacey said that his mum was watching, P. Carey announced […]

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2013 M2 May Bumps – Day 3

If we’re honest, by day 3 we were all starting to lose hope slightly. Even the commentators to Cam FM were holding out no hope for us, and when the inevitable bump, by Queens 3, happened they referred to it as the ‘nailbomb bump called before the race’. (Not entirely sure what nailbomb means, but […]

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2013 M2 May Bumps – Day 2

On day 2, the fighting spirit was still burning strong, and everyone was up for a return bump on Girton. We had a very strong start, and were moving well, holding the chasing Tit Hall crew on station. However, things started to go wrong a little way before First Post Corner. Laura could see a […]

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2013 M2 May Bumps – Day 1

On Day 1 of May bumps, I don’t think anybody really knew what to expect, (especially not P. Carey, who had only started rowing this term, and had never experienced bumps before.) The crewmembers all went their separate ways after our practice bung starts on the Tuesday night. Some of us prepared for the big […]

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2013 M2 Lent Bumps – Day 4

With a lingering tinge of regret and failure, the crew congregated for pasta faff for the final time on the Friday night: Henryk finally arriving on time and Tom and Hugh taking over stove duties, this turned out to be a very successful meal – in particular the invention of cheese pittas was appreciated by […]

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2013 M2 Lent Bumps – Day 3

Having enjoyed the chance to recover, reflect and get some work done during our day off, M2 once again assembled upon 1 Sylvester for the third pasta faff. As often happens, it rapidly became a meal full of revelations, most notable being the fact both Henryk and Ed really could recite Inches word for word […]

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2013 M2 Lent Bumps – Day 2

For M2, the second pasta faff ended up being a highly educational affair with members of the crew being tested on crew orders and blade colours from the official programme. Particular amusement was taken from the name of Caius 3’s stroke, Michel Westmuckett-Martin, and the prize for successfully guessing all of the college blades went […]

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2013 M2 Lent Bumps – day 1

For the majority of the crew, day 1 was to be our first bumps experience and you certainly couldn’t miss the feeling of excitement, anticipation and nerves that took over the boathouse. After 6 long weeks of training, the customary pasta faff and a cheeky facebook stalk of the Caius M3 crew in front, there […]

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2012 M2 Lent Bumps – Day 4

Day 4 – And it’s all wrapped up for another year Well that week disappeared quickly, though not as quickly as it could have if it had been equipped with a Robinson M2 start – the shining jewel amid of the rubble of the M3 division. Yes, the culmination of the bumps carnival means a time to reflect […]

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2012 M1 Lent Bumps – Day 3

They say, as Pete has said in his W1 reports, that good crews bump 3 times, and lucky crews get blades. Friday was our day to prove that we were really a good crew, and as Steve demanded, for the second day in a row, an extra 10%, we were ready to really give it […]

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