Bumps were held with crowds lining the banks. Hours of coaching, erging, planning, land training, team talks and copious amounts of ‘crew’ pasta culminated in four days of hard-fought races.
The winding course on the river Cam saw many bumps, a few overbumps and incredibly some double overbumps. Although much greenery was to be seen adorning lycra-clad boaties only eight men’s and eleven women’s crews (out of 171 entered eights) achieved those elusive ‘blades’.
The main ‘Headship’ honours went once again to First and Third Men’s first VIII and Pembroke Women’s first VIII. Pembroke looked very impressive rowing-over lengths clear of Jesus. Jesus in turn rowed over and maintained their position as the second women’s eight on the river despite some threat from Caius.
At the top Pembroke were tidy and strong and impressed the crowds on the reach with their headship row-over and lap of honour. In the men’s first division First and Third (FaT) faced a much tougher race on the Friday and Saturday as a quick Caius first VIII had bumped up behind them and gave them a good chase for the headship.
With whistles on them on both days FaT looked under pressure but gave a gutsy performance to hold the title. The Pegasus Cup, awarded annually to the most successful college over all of the May Bumps races went to Hughes Hall for a second year running. As explained by the Milton Brewery the points for this cup are calculated by the total number of places gained or lost by all the boats of a particular club, multiplied by twelve and divided by the number of boats. A row over as head of the river counts as one place gained.
Hughes Hall won this cup with great panache with the first men’s and women’s VIII getting blades and the second men going up ten. A special mention ought to be given to Sydney Sussex Women’s third VIII who went up twelve places, ending bumps one above their own second women’s VIII and Anglia Ruskin Men’s second VIII who went up a total of eight places.
Rebekah Law – Sports Editor