Bumps are the flagship races on the River Cam, occurring once at the end of Lent Term – Lent Bumps – and once at the end of Easter Term – May Bumps. Each campaign takes place over 4 days. Seventeen boats line up with a gap equal to the length of one and a half boats, aiming to chase the crew ahead whilst escaping the crew behind. If a chasing crew catches the crew ahead, they are awarded a “bump”, and will line up one position higher the next day. The head of each division (save Division 1) has the chance to join the next division up by joining it as the 18th boat, or the “sandwich boat”. If they achieve a bump, they have earned a permanent position in the higher division.
In Mays, there are 5 Men’s division and 4 Women’s division. Each division consists of 17 boats from different Colleges. The position of the boats are determined by the Bumps results, with Sidney’s current ranking below. This is recorded by the Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs.
Latest Bumps Campaign:
Men’s First achieving Blades in May Bumps 2017.
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