Let me explain to those not versed in weird Cambridge rowing terminology. At the end of the winter (Lent) and spring (Easter) terms, there is a big rowing event called Bumps. (Somewhat confusingly, it’s Lent Bumps in Lent term and May Bumps in Easter term…and May Bumps take place in June.) In any particular division, all the boats are lined up along the course, and everyone starts at the same time. The goal is to catch up to and “bump” (you don’t have to actually crash into them) the boat in front of you, while avoiding being bumped by the boat behind you. There are four days of racing, Wednesday through Saturday, and your start place for each day is determined by your previous result. If your boat didn’t exist last year or was in the lowest division, you have to qualify to compete in Bumps by getting a time in the top half of the Getting-On Race the week before. Well, the Getting-On Race was yesterday, and we did it! We’re bottom of the river (EDIT: this does not mean that we qualified last. They randomize the start order of the crews who qualify via the Getting-On Race, and don’t release the times of qualified crews), but we did it! The race was really fun, we looked awesome in our onesies, and we get to participate in a grand Cambridge tradition next week.
This means that next week will be absolutely nuts for me. Not only will we be spending a lot of time on the water, I’ll be trying to finish up as much of my thesis as humanly possible because my parents are coming on Friday! They’ll watch the last day of Bumps, I’ll show them around Cambridge a bit, and then we’re off to Scotland for a week. Pretty exciting…but that means I have a lot to do. Time to get on with it!