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Cantabrigian and Cambridge 99 set the pace in the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association Town Bumps


By Richard Moseley


Scene setter from the 2018 Town Bumps.
Scene setter from the 2018 Town Bumps.

Cambridge 99 and Cantabrigian dominated the second day of the top divisions of the CRA Town Bumps.

Inthe men’s first division, Cambridge 99 rowed over, steadily pulling away from Cantabs and having enough of an advantage to ease down to avoid a cygnet that had strayed across the course.

At the top of the Women’s Division One, Cantabs had doubled their start distance from City of Cambridge by the time they crossed their line, rowing over for a second day.

It was a good day for the club in the top division, as they have now got four boats in the top seven.

Cantabs II rowed over in third, and Cantabs III had chased X-Press down the Long Roach before catching them just short of the Railway Bridge to go up to fourth.

Cantabs IV earned their second bump in a row, catching Chesterton to go up to seventh.

Champion of the Thames knocked out Nines II between Bovis Bridge and First Post to go up to 11th, Isle of Ely caughts Nines III in front of the crowds at the Plough to move to 13th andChampion of the Thames II’s Teenage Rockers stopped City of Cambridge III’s Unicorns on Grassy Corner to get to 15th.

Back in the men’s top division, a game of cat and mouse ended just past the Railway Bridge as Rob Roy bumped St Neots to move up to third.

Hills Road, racing as Cantabs II, moved up to fifth by catching City of Cambridge in the Gut, while Nines II emulated their first boat’s success of the first night by catching a Cantabs crew, this time the thirds, coming out of Ditton Corner to go eighth.

Nines III were also on the move, and it was upwards after getting Cantabs IV’s Hills Road returners at First Post.

At the top of the Men’s Division Two, Champion of the Thames became the sandwich boat after felling City of Cambridge IV at Grassy Corner.

Nines IV hit X-Press II in the Gut to go fourth, Chesterton II pounced on City of Cambridge VI at First Post to rise to seventh in division, and it was the same location for Radegund to make their move on Cantabs VI to go to ninth.

City of Cambridge VII downed St Neots II on Ditton Corner to go 11th and City of Cambridge VIII’s Billygoats bumped X-Press III at Bovis Bridge for 13th place.

The crews were slow to clear, holding up Rob Roy VI in the process and they were caught at the Gut by Cantabs VII and, after much discussion, it was agreed the bump should stand.

In the Women’s Division Two, Champion of the Thames III caught City of Cambridge V in the Gut to become the sandwich boat between the divisions.

It was a good night to be a spectator on Osier Holt as they were a feast of bumps as Nines IV caught Cantabs VI, Chesterton II reeled in City of Cambridge VII and Nines V felled Champion of the Thomas IV.

Lower down the table, there was a pile up when Cantabs VIII caught a crab, hit the bank and stopped on Grassy Corner where they were almost immediately hit by Chesterton III.

The problem increased when Champion of the Thames V were unable to get through and ploughed into them, ending with a technical row over.

Cantabs IX climbed into the division at the expense of City VIII’s learn to row crow.

It was a night off for the third divisions, and in the men’s fourth division there were bumps for Nines VII, Cantabs XIII, Cantabs XIV, Cantabs XV, Champion of the Thames VII.

Men's Bumps charts - day three. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (13975941)
Men's Bumps charts - day three. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (13975941)
Women's Bumps charts - day three. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (13975883)
Women's Bumps charts - day three. Source: Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (13975883)

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Cambridge 99 take charge in top division of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association Town Bumps



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