Cambridge 99 take charge in top division of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association Town Bumps
Cambridge 99 made the perfect start to the Town Bumps by taking over the men's headship on the opening night for the top divisions.
In the first year the event has been staged over five days, the first divisions got under way on the second night.
With a one-and-a-half length start distance early on, Men's Division One leaders Cantabrigian rallied to hold off Nines almost all the way down the Long Reach to finally concede three lengths short of the Railway Bridge.
St Neots rowed over in third, but City of Cambridge succumbed to a charge from Rob Roy at the Railings, more or less the same point that Rob Roy II were robbed by Nines II.
Cantabs II ended Xpress’s “reign” at sixth going into Grassy Corner, but Cantabs IV were pounced on by Peterborough at Bovis Bridge where Rob Roy II climbed into the division by halting Cantabs Hills Road returners.
In the Women’s Division One, Cantabs maintained their headship by rowing away from City of Cambridge to finish three lengths clear by the finish.
Cantabs III bumped Cambridge 99 in an excellent race that lasted all the way to three lengths before the Railway Bridge.
Three crews behind Cantabs IV caught City II on 1st Post Corner.
A further blow to the Nines was when Champs 1 caught their third boat just beyond Bovis Bridge while, at the bottom of the division, Isle of Ely’s Fen Fatales felled City’s Attack Unicorns at Bovis Bridge.
Cantabs now have four boats in the top eight of the women’s first division, a new record which may well get broken before the week is out.
Only the top and bottom crews rowed over in the Men’s Division Two, with all the rest bumping out.
In Division Three, both City and Cantabs earned fines when lower crews bumped higher crews - City X on City VIII, and Cantabs XI past Cantabs X.
There was just one bump in the Women’s Division Three, with Nines VI catching Champion of the Thames VI on First Post Corner.
Behind, there was confusion when Isle of Ely held on as Nines VII claimed an overlap and then restarted, whilst Nines VIII, behind both of them, also came to a halt.
In the end, all three crews were awarded a technical row-over.
The spectators on Osier Holt were treated to three bumps in the Men’s Division Four, with City XII climbing into the sandwich boat position at the expense of Champs VI, Nines VII caught Cantabs XII, and City XIII brought Cantabs XVI to a halt.
By Richard Moseley