The Summer boat demolition projects that are known as bumps
got off to an early start on the Isis this year with the
rescheduled (yet again) Oxford
While chewing on a particularly tasty bit of hedge along the
riverbank, the Slug's little twitchy feelers picked up some
Setting an early benchmark for the rest of the event, City of
Oxford RC men successfully mounted Merton's first boat in the
first race of the day, resulting in a damaged Merton rudder, and
lots of Duck Tape for the City boys (who were apparently
penalised for over-aggressive steering). Merton then successfully
bumped the bank in the second race, watching most of the division
The "Bump" of the day belonged to Linacre
women, another crew who appeared to be trying to take an overland
shortcut, but in the nick of time the plucky girls managed to avoid
further carnage... by knocking the end of the bows off their boat.
University College had the most eventful final race, however.
Having bumped up to head in the first 3 races, the City boys
bumped them with a very impressive start.... but unfortunately the
Judges didn't seem to notice City going round and then parking in front
of Univ, removing the poor college boys' rudder in the process - leaving
Univ to watch the rest of the division swerve round and past them
as they tried to get away from the bank and the City boat.
The City girls, meanwhile, sat at head watching Osler-Green
and Merton trade bumps behind them, with Merton 2 passing
Merton 1 and Osler in the final race of the day.