The Club's Results

Lent Bumps 2022

The famous Cambridge University Bumps on the River Cam
Tue 1st - Sat 5th March

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Results Overview

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1st men's VIII Rowed over Rowed over Bumped by Downing Bumped by Jesus
1st women's VIII Bumped by Trinity Hall Rowed over Bumped by Christ's Rowed over
M2(a) Rowed over Bumped Wolfson Rowed over Rowed over
3rd men's VIII Bumped by LMBC III Bumped by Peterhouse II Rowed over Bumped Churchill II
2nd women's VIII Rowed over Head Rowed over as sandwich boat Rowed over Head Bumped Fitzwilliam II as sandwich boat Bumped Anglia Ruskin Bumped Magdalene II

Guide to the table

Double Overbumped
Overbumped - hit the crew 3 in front
Bumped the crew in front
Row over head of division
Row over - did not bump
Got Bumped
Got Overbumped
Got Double overbumped
Got Triple overbumped. D'oh.


1st men's VIII

Wednesday
Rowed over

No-one expected us to do even remotely well today. Looking at BumpIT, most people believed that we wouldn get bumped. Our previous captain Savannah thought we'd be getting spoons. Nonetheless, we went to the start optimistic and excited, for many of us to our first time racing in bumps. For Csongi, his first time racing in M1 at all.

 

On the third cannon we gave two big squeezes and a quick build to get us to out rate. We kept within distance to Caius for the first minute before letting them off the hook. As we got to grassy, Downing began to creep up on us. We were "quite hotly pursued by Downing" as Will Connolley put it. As nerves began to build in the boat, Daniel took a great line around the corner to try and throw them off. The pressure was on; they were three quarters of a length away and we still had just under 2k to go.

 

Together, we all felt the anxiety of Downing’s proximity which only grew as we heard the continuous whistling from their coach and could start to see their bow rocking back and forth as they tried to get the bump on the reach. This didn’t deter us though. Quite the opposite, we dug in and held them off by about half a foot for a further 1km to just past railway bridge. We knew where we were and so did they. The exhaustion and frustration of not catching us had gotten to them and it appeared that they had almost given up. In the final stretch to top finish we kept pushing hard and even managed to gain a bit of distance ending the race with between half and a full length between us.

 

The next day will prove a challenge as we expect them to push harder now they’ve had a taste for the whistle. Unfortunately for Downing, we will also be pushing hard to chase Pembroke and keep them away.

(Xander Povey)
Thursday
Rowed over

Race two of Bumps: the beginning of the end… for Downing. After a brutal and traumatic Wednesday of near misses and watching Downing slide around the river like a sine wave, we walked to boathouse ready to row better than ever before. After a few quick 20 minute pep talks from Bomber, we decided we weren’t going to let Downing get anywhere near as close as yesterday. After a decent start and a not so decent grassy, it looked like we were ready to accomplish our goal. However as we were paddling down the reach with Xander keeping it technical, Tit Hall gave Downing a very inconvenient burst of motivation which threw a slight spanner in the works. What we hoped would be a comfortable row over was starting to feel like déjà vu. With Downing’s bow now looking forward for the first time this bumps campaign, they were quickly gaining as we passed under the railway bridge. With three short bursts of a whistle in quick succession, Thomas kindly decided he would not catch any more crabs for the rest of the race. We did hold them off in the end, but not before giving the crowd another excellent spectacle.

Same time tomorrow, Downing?

(Xander Povey)
Saturday
Bumped by Jesus
Going into Day 4, it would be wrong to say that we were particularly optimistic. We had been talking about whether Bomber would have re-geared our blades in an attempt to bump back Downing immediately, and even before Bumps started we thought that Jesus would bump us on Day 4 (or earlier, if we collapsed). Tit Hall bumping Robinson before Jesus could bump them made this line of events untrue, but ‘dread it, run from it, Jesus starting behind FaT still arrives’.

The row down beforehand was pleasant, with a dedicated member of M4 taking pictures from the bank along the Reach.

Aside from just how loud the cannon was, I don’t remember much of the race, at least early on. Presumably, we rowed at least to Plough Reach with little issue, as it is only there that I realise just how much whistling is occurring. We have a whistle on Downing (not that any of us realised this at the time, only that there was a cacophony). Jesus have intermittent single whistles on us, and Tit Hall built up to two whistles on them. Magdalene M1 have a whistle or two on Tit Hall. 
Magdalene, whom my mouthy M2 counterpart described (many, many, many times) as “the fastest M1 on the Cam.”. 

I realise as we’re heading past the Plough what this could mean. Never mind our previous heroics in holding off Downing (if anyone wants to challenge what “heroics” means in this context, I’ve seen their 2 seats 2K, and I know all of ours), if Tit Hall bump back Jesus, Magdalene could go for the overbump, attain the blades that were so cruelly denied them by Robinson’s descent, and send us down 4, destroying our hopes. 

It’s as we turn past Ditton, though, that Magdalene seem effortlessly to close the gap, bumping Tit Hall, leaving Jesus, FaT, and Downing in close convoy, saving us from the overbump, but denying us relief from Jesus. Just like yesterday, the boat behind us seems to step it up a notch on the Reach, and we barely make it past the spinning zone before being bumped by a Jesus who went for significant overlap before the bump, assaulting our morale as well as our stern.

As a crew, we were quite happy with this bumps campaign, as we didn’t go in expecting much (BumpIt provides evidence to support this view, with far too many predictions of spoons for my liking), and holding off Downing for two days brought our crew pastas much joy. Of course, the lack of an easy path to headship next year is disappointing, but life would be boring if it were straightforward, and we have at least one rower in M2 doing as many UT2s as he can, ready to support another attempt.

Thanks boys, it was a pleasure to row with you, and I’ll look forward to racing in Mays.
(Thomas Frith)
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1st women's VIII

Wednesday
Bumped by Trinity Hall
We had a bit of a rough start... Directly behind Caius W1 who had been looking strong throughout this term we knew out chances of bumping them were low, and they were. Our nerves were up but we were ready, paddleing to the start position in composed manner. Within about 15 seconds of the third cannon going off, we heard the single whistle meaning that Tit Hall had cought up to us within a length. We tried to keep them off on the first post reach but they kept coming back within a boat length and the whistle just would not really stop for any longer than a couple of strokes. As we were going into first post corner, they had cought up to us and were in bump position. Fortunately for us, the kind of steered for the bump, followed by their 2 seat catching a crab resulting in us being able to push them away (though only by about 1.5 lengths, we didn't quite take the opportunity as we should have) by the time we were going through the Plough, they were back at our heels, pushing hard not to let us slip away form them. When we were going into the corner to the reach, our 7 seat's blade made contact with their bow after a wild series of whistles that I personally was completely unable to interpret. Bomber tries saving us from the bump by giving steering instructions to Andrea, but it was too late. Bump awarded. SoMe PEopLe stopped rowing right after we bumped (not nearly enough for a fine, it was far from dangerous and we kept going eventiually) and then gracefully rammed into the far bank where we all coughed our lungs out and decided that this was the time to make all of our firends think we had covid with all the coughing. We were pretty exhausted considering we'd only made it about halfway through the course and of course, slightly disappointed as we had hoped for either a rowover or in our dreams an overbump. Overall, a good first bumps experience (none of us had ever raced in a bumps race) and we are stoked to see what else we might be able to do this week.  (Julia Frieberger)
Thursday
Rowed over
On our second day of bumps, we were chased by Christ's W1 and chasing Tit Hall W1, who had bumped us the day before. Again, slow start (I'm starting to think we just don't go off hard enough, Polly would say otherwise) and there was a sweet sound of whistleing in the air within the first 15-30 seconds after the cannon. We were able to keep them at that distance though, pushing them away a bit and then them coming within a length again repeatedly. Eventually, after a tough fight through the gut, we pushed them away as we were going into the long reach and by the time we were approaching the railings, they were way behind us. Very good effort on the reach from everyone and I think endurance is where our strength lies as a crew bc the start really can't be it. I know rowover sounds like a defeat, but it sure felt like a victory to me and probably the other girls too and at least we are now safe from getting spoons... Perhaps we can get a bump in and then have done all three within one week?  (Julia Frieberger)
Friday
Bumped by Christ's
Our spirits were pretty high as we had managed to avoid another bump on day two, racing away from Christ's and pulling away a significant bit on the reach. There was no way they were going to catch us today, right? Our race plan was to catch Clare at about Ditton and bag our first bump of the week. In the excitement of this, we kind of forgot that we had a crew hungry for blood behind us that ended up catching us just after grassy. Spirits were very low that evening and everyone was quite frustrated, especially because we had such high hopes for that day. Oh well, we told ourselves that we might be able to catch them on the last day and get ultimate revenge.  (Julia Frieberger)
Saturday
Rowed over
On the last and perhaps busiest day of bumps we were hoping to get revenge on the crew that had surprisingly bumped us the day before, Christ's. After an unclear pursuit leading up to first post corner where we were never sure if the whistles we heard were for us or for the crew behind us, Queens' behind us made a bit of a move around grassy and I personally had a dejavu of what had happened in our other bumps. But instead of giving up or forgetting how to row again, we pushed them away and by the end of the plough, we had put some distance behind us and them. Christ's in the meantime had made their own little push and had escaped our reach but at least we were no longer really in danger of being bumped down. On the reach, as always, our crew did its little thing where we remember how to row and suddently put down some power exactly as other crews start to get tired and we pushed Queens' away a fair amout before crossing the finishline feeling triumphant while actually having finished bumps two positions below our original start rank. Oh well. At least we didn't get spoons and hopefully, the experience will help us remember how to row and perhaps panic less next time around (Julia Frieberger)
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M2(a)

Tuesday
Rowed over
Tuesday 1st of March marked the first bumps experience for all in M2(a), a historic day for British Rowing, with the exception of Sam Kittle who had subbed in at 7 seat last minute to replace Callum Westwood who was nursing an equally last-minute lateral collateral ligament sprain (mostly self-diagnosed.)

Rowing over is never the most exciting start to a bumps campaign but was certainly better than being bumped. As a spectator, I assumed I would have a better view of what occurred during the race, and could thus provide a more accurate and insightful race report. This was unfortunately not the case, and so this report is based off; 1, things the boys told me when we got back to the boathouse; 2, the date dutifully collected by Chief Performance Analyst K-Dog Hunter; 3, what I could make out of the race whilst dodging spectators and massive puddles on the towpath; and 4, some slightly-made up stuff that will glorify the crew in the history books.

After a chunky row to the start, sandwiched between a roundly bumpable Darwin and an entirely non-threatening St. Edmund’s, a combination of nerves and excitement settled in. Hours of work had gone into preparing for this week and the boys were hungry for victory. After de-kitting the only thing left to do before pushing off was to explain to Emily Man/Wyd Boblo (cox) how we do starts. Although we had been working on this for more than a week prior to bumps, Emily had always executed the appropriate calls with varying success. As the one-minute cannon fires, Coach Fordy begins the monumental task of trying to count down from 60, constantly worried he’d begin counting up again or forget how long a second was. (It’s always sad to see the malicious effects of ageing on such great minds of the past.)

With the push-off complete and just seconds away from the start, the boys focus in on getting to work with a super-chunky start that will send them into the stern of Darwin M1. As the race begins the start seemed powerful from the towpath’s point of view but was described by George Canadine (6) as ‘super splashy.’ Let the record show we must assume EM got the start calls correct because neither GC nor Matthew Yoko (stroke) started screaming out alternative calls to get the boat back in order. However, there was a minor mutiny at this stage and one the rhythm call MY broke away from the race plan and kept the rate at an ambitious 38, inspire of the 34 target rate, claiming “there was much whistling and shouts of “gaining on Darwin,” which the stroke man took as justification for disobeying a direct order. This probably was the right call though.

I was filled with optimism at the very start of M2(a)’s bumps campaign as the gap between Black Prince 804 and Darwin was closing steadily down First Post Reach, at a 1:39 split, with “good evidence for being well under 1:30 for a while” according to Fordy. However, that gap was not closing as fast as the gap between Darwin and Wolfson. Wolfson managed to hold off Darwin for a very short while but were ultimately bumped somewhere between the Ditch and Grassy Corner. It is at this stage that Máté Fehér (2), so certain of M2(a)’s supremacy, was “60% sure we bumped Darwin when we rowed past them,” and came within milliseconds of holding it up. This of course was not the case, as he soon found out, as EM expertly steered the crew through Darwin and Wolfson, receiving high praise from the Marshalls at the end of the race. Rumour has it was at this point that reliable MY caught a cheeky crab in honour of his stern partner CW. Notably, though, it was nowhere near as big or chonky as the overhead crabs CW has a particular appetite for.

Once Darwin had bumped Wolfson, and were out of the race, the boys were faced with clear waters in front and behind them heading down Plough Reach and into Ditton. At this point, the rate was brought down to a chunkier 34 after passing Darwin, and then to 32 once the “coast was largely clear.” It was here we discovered both the unique boredom and excitement bumps can bring. A row over seemed like a certain result at this stage, but that didn’t deter EM from pointing out to the crew that she could see the crew in front (on the long reach, probably a good 5/6 lengths ahead.) There was some relatively technical rowing, though ultimately I’m tempted to say the boys fell into a false sense of security. Towards the middle of the Long Reach it's fair to say Pembroke were gaining significantly, and coming into a threatening position. The last thing we wanted was to be over bumped on our first day out. By the White House the gap was looking good for Pembroke who obviously thought we were eminently bumpable. And suddenly the excitement of bumps was back as the boys got back on the legs, dug in, and began laying down the power this crew is so well-known for…

At the Railway Bridge, the Pembroke crew call an impressive power 10 and manage to gain a length with almost miraculous pace. At this point, it's a real nail biter and it's getting very close to the finish. But the boys accordingly empty the tanks, leaving it all in the boat in the final 200m to secure a row over.

My general sense was that the boys seemed disheartened by a neutral result on the first day of the campaign, but I knew this would renew their determination for a bump on Wolfson when we would come to race again on Wednesday.


By the miracle of modern technology, Chief Performance Analyst K-Dog Hunter has been able to provide us with these insightful statistics for the enjoyment of the readership;

Average pace: 1:55
Average HR: 190
Max HR: 197
Total strokes: 306
Average rate: 32
Calories burnt: 126
Time: 9:46.2
Sweat: 86ml
(Callum Westwood)
Thursday
Bumped Wolfson
WHETHER we like it or not, there are many things that are short about M2(a);
• Westwood's strokes
• K-Dog's attention span
• Versteegen's tolerance for Canadine
• Emily's list of acceptable coxing calls
• The actual crew

ON the 3rd of March 2022, M2(a)'s second day of Bumps, it was the time taken to secure the first bump that was short. And in honour of this, I will keep my race report relatively shorter than I usually do.

LEARNING from Day 1's mistakes M2(a)'s start was much more technical and effective on Day 2. And whilst I'd like to report that an improvement to the start was the reason we were able to bump Wolfson so quickly, factual accuracy demands I inform the readers it was more likely the 45º angle that Wolfson set off on at the start of the race. The gap was closed to a great extent by our first three strokes purely by aiming down the river, rather than across it. Following their skewed start, Wolfson crawled under the A14 bridge, and onto First Post Reach tight to field-side at a relatively low pace. Some skilled coxing from Emily kept us tight to towpath-side, making the bump all the much easier by avoiding any of the wash from Wolfson's stern. Homerton offered a degree of competition coming from behind, building off a strong start, but they backed off after the first 30 or so strokes, never really threatening FaT's bump.

FOLLOWING the first 20 strokes it was simply more determination, more leg press, and more free speed (via stash) that secured the bump for M2(a) in the following 30 strokes. As the boys approach for the overtake the noise of whistles, cheering and general bumps riotousness drowned out any attempts by Bomber, Fordy or myself (no, I cannot actually coach anyone on anything even mildly related to rowing) to offer technical calls along First Post Reach. However, this was all unnecessary as Wolfson never stood a chance, even against some of the most technically unsound rowing I've ever seen M2(a) produce. The Wolfson cox was slow to concede and thus Emily thought it prudent to remind them of the rules with a gentle tap with our bow, and this marked the end of the race and the start of M2(a)'s inevitable rise through the Div 2 Bumps ranks.

SUCH a result would have been welcome and surprising on its own, however, the speed with which the bump was secured is made only more shocking by the final words of strokeman Yoko. On pushing off, I asked the crew for any final thoughts that could be included in this very race report. Yoko replied with what at the time seemed rather optimistic but turned out to be almost exactly true; "see you in 2 minutes."

ONCE the bump was secured, the celebrations began with the boys delighted to have secured their first victory, and everyone was keen to get their hands on some shrubbery to appropriately denote their glorious performance.

NOW the focus for the boys will be on securing a bump on Homerton, our boathouse neighbours, and if not securing a row over with a strong distance between us and the Pembroke crew who will likely again be in hot pursuit of our stern.

By the miracle of modern technology, Chief Performance Analyst K-Dog Hunter has been able to provide us with these insightful statistic for the enjoyment of the readership;

Average pace: 2:13
Average HR: 192
Max HR: 205
Total strokes: 50
Average rate: 29
Calories burnt: 23
Time: 1:46.9
Sweat: 10ml
(Callum Westwood)
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3rd men's VIII

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2nd women's VIII

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information, note that the results are unofficial.

Men's bumps charts

Men's bumps chart, Lent Bumps 2022

Women's bumps charts

Women's bumps chart, Lent Bumps 2022

Michell Cup points

Newnham28.00
Peterhouse24.00
Sidney Sussex24.00
Caius22.29
Trinity Hall21.60
Selwyn21.00
LMBC20.57
Magdalene12.00
Queens'9.60
Christ's9.00
Emmanuel9.00
Pembroke4.00
King's3.00
1st and 3rd-2.40
Downing-3.00
St. Catharine's-4.80
Jesus-6.00
Girton-8.00
Lucy Cavendish-8.00
Clare-9.00
Hughes Hall-16.00
Fitzwilliam-18.00
Robinson-24.00
Churchill-31.20

Ineligible after entering fewer than 3 crews:

Homerton42.00
Corpus-12.00
Darwin-12.00
Addenbrookes-36.00
Anglia Ruskin-36.00
Clare Hall-42.00
Murray Edwards-48.00
St. Edmund's-48.00
Wolfson-48.00

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