Hi guys - was wondering, our college started up a third men's boat this term (we're diddy so we normally only have two) which I'm coxing. It's made up of a couple of promising novices, a few experienced rowers who want a lighter load on the 'banter barge' and a few who've only done a bit of rowing before.
It's shaping up to be a pretty good crew; ok, balance sometimes a bit crap and don't get me started on blade heights, but we have some sporty people and there's a lot of power in the boat. We've done loads of pieces and some of them have been really good.
I was wondering what our chances are for getting onto bumps. The guys are talking about it like it's just a given that we'll get on and get blades (it's not a crew lacking in confidence). Despite having some experienced rowers, it is essentially a novice crew; but are most of the crews in the getting on race novice crews? How competitive is the Mays GoR?