Torpids 2012 began with W1 as the only women’s crew in fixed divisions, meaning that W2, W3 and W4 would have to qualify in order to race – to do this they would have to be one of the fastest 13 boats to race in “Rowing On”. Due to scheduling conflicts, it was unfortunately not possible to get eight members of the W4 squad together on the day. W2 and W3, however, both rowed on successfully, with W2 as the first boat to qualify and W3 in the joint 12th. W3 had a very eventful Torpids, rowing over on three of the four days. On the first day, the crew got stuck behind a tangle between Jesus II and SEH II, which allowed Magdalen II to row past. Oriel II, however, was denied the bump by some gutsy rowing by our W3 and some fantastic steering by cox Will Richardson. The second day saw a crash involving several boats which sent W3 down five places. There was a crash in Friday’s racing as well, but this time Lincoln rowed safely by it to take their first technical bump. On the final day of racing, Lincoln W3 finished the week off with a quick bump on Brasenose II before a klaxon, meaning that they moved down six places in total. Although slightly disastrous, Torpids has provided invaluable bumps racing experience that the girls can take with them as we begin to focus on Eights. W2’s impressive results in Rowing On meant that they started Torpids as the second boat in Division V. On the first day, they chased down and caught LMH II fairly quickly, which meant they moved up one place to be the sandwich boat between the 4th and 5th divisions. Unfortunately, an early klaxon meant they didn’t have time to catch Pembroke II. Therefore, the crew had to row as the sandwich boat again on Thursday; the girls rowed over easily at the head of the division before bumping Balliol III. By bumping Balliol III, W2 moved into the fixed divisions – one of the goals of this year. Still moving up the divisions strongly, W2 went on to bump the rapdily falling Balliol II and Christchurch II boats on Friday and Saturday. With these bumps, the crew secured blades, and moved up five places. W1 began Torpids with the goal of moving into the second division. On Wednesday, LMH bumped Trinity before Lincoln caught LMH, but W1 were content with a bump on Trinity and determined to move up the next day. Thursday saw Lincoln bump St. Hugh’s coming through the Gut, and then Hilda’s as the sandwich boat; this secured Lincoln’s place as a Division II crew. A bump on Somerville, who then went on to bump Jesus, moved W1 up to 10th in Division II on Friday. A final bump on Mansfield on Saturday meant blades for W1 in Torpids for the second year in a row.
Overall, Torpids was a highly successful week for LCBC – both the men’s and women’s sides – with every crew bumping on the Saturday, and three of five crews getting blades.