Yes, coxing is a lot more difficult than it looks, I'm glad someone appreciates that!
Hell's bells - we have the Getting On Race for bumps on friday which I'm dreading; there are 34 crews racing for all of 10 places. I'm not entirely sure why we even have to do it; looking at the list, we're one of the few 2nd boats on there, most are 3rd, 4th and 5th crews. How do they decide who has to do the race, does anyone know?
Also what's the course exactly - I've heard motorway bridge to railway bridge, is that about right?
aah, I know the crew will be really quite pissed if we don't make it to bumps, but in all honesty we haven't a hope in hell; most of the boats we're racing beat us at the newnham short course (although we did have bad luck then - involving a jammed seat and a dropped hankerchief) and our captain's talking about the bumps races like its just a given that we're going to get in.
Also, if we don't qualify for the lent bumps, does that mean we're don't qualify for the may bumps as well?
Everyone below a certain cutoff point on the finishing order for Lent Bumps last year have to do the getting on race this year. Getting on race for mays is determined from last year's finishing order for MAY bumps (so how well a crew does in lent has no effect on Mays).
Last year the getting on course was motorway bridge to about 2/3rds down the reach, if I remember correctly - that was for the women anyway.