Lent Bumps Notes and Fines

Notes and fines from the umpires will be posted here as the week's racing progresses.

​Fines can be appealed by e-mailing Dr Dan Wilkins, CUCBC Senior Treasurer (seniortreasurer[at]cucbc.org) within 48 hours.

Tuesday

Notes from the Umpires​

  • It is not necessary to hold it up after completing an overtake bump. Instead, just wind down and pull in.
  • Crews should carry on rowing upon being bumped until they are clear of the bumping boat. Failure to do so puts your own cox in danger.
  • It is the responsibility of all coxes to know where their finish is, and ensure they wind down once their whole boat has passed it. This is of upmost importance at the Top Finish, and under no circumstances should any crew be racing into the Green Dragon footbridge.
  • Could all cyclists please be considerate of other towpath users. There isn't a towpath closure; we need to share it with commuters, dog walkers, etc.

Fines

  • Corpus W1 - Incredibly slow to clear - £40
  • Corpus W2 - Easying upon being bumped - £40
  • Corpus - Failure to provide a marshal - £15
  • Emmanuel M2 - Failure to hold it up - £30
  • Homerton - Failure to provide a marshal - £15
  • LMBC M2 - Illegal practice start - £15
  • Magdalene W1 - Dropped bung, no advantage - £15
  • Selwyn - Failure to provide a marshal - £15

Wednesday

Notes from the Umpires

  • Coxes must keep an eye on what's going on more than one boat in front of them; having a rough idea of what's going on behind is also a good idea, especially when deciding which side to clear to after bumping/being bumped.
  • Bank parties are strictly limited to four cyclists. Bank parties are responsible for ensuring other cyclists do not join their crews.
  • If your crew have caught a boat stopping crab, and the boat behind is very close, coxes can and should concede early to help ensure the boat behind hold it up early. Of course, the cox of the crew behind should be holding it up anyway to avoid a collision with a stationary crew.
  • Bank parties must not tell other crews to concede. Further infringements will result in heavy fining and removal from the towpath.
  • Coxes should listen for instructions from the bank after bumping/being bumped.
  • Crews should be back in boats by the time the previous division is racing past them.
  • Crews which bump out before the Railway Bridge must stop on the Reach and pull in to the towpath side until the next division has rowed past.
  • Crews are encouraged to row down to the start much faster as we are losing time even without rerows.

Fines

  • Fitzwilliam W2 - Excessive bank party (Tuesday) - £30
  • Christ's - Failure to provide a marshal - £15
  • CUCBC - Committee member "stepping in river" in non-waterproof footwear - Seek advice from Magdalene M2
  • Darwin W2 - Extremely dangerous coxing - £75
  • Emmanuel M1 - Excessive bank party - £30
  • Emmanuel W1 - Failure to stop on Reach after bumping out - Warning
  • Homerton W2 - Very slow to clear - £40
  • Homerton W2 - Early celebration - £30
  • Jesus - Failure to provide a marshal - £15
  • Jesus W1 - Excessive bank party - £30
  • LMBC M1 - Illegal practice start - £15
  • Magdalene M1 - Attempting to influence and intimidate umpire, while unaware of the definition of a bump - £30
  • Magdalene M2 - Sharing the enlightening wisdom that "the river is wet" - Compile handbook of rowing wisdoms for use in future pre-Bumps briefings
  • Robinson M2 - Total failure to clear - £75
  • St Edmund's - Failure to provide a marshal (Tuesday) - £15

Thursday

Notes from the Umpires​

  • Crews are reminded to stop at the Railway Bridge until crews from the division ahead have come off the bank.
  • Someone from M1 left a short white iPhone cable on the towpath - you can pick it up from control tomorrow.
  • Many thanks to Emma boatman Pete Twitchett for miraculously producing a rigger bolt for Newnham W2 two minutes before the starting gun!
  • Cheers to the very burly crew of Queens M1 for pushing the CUCBC van out of the mud.

Fines

  • Pembroke M1 - Extremely dangerous coxing - £75, penalty bump awarded, cox removed from river for remainder of Bumps
  • Magdalene W1 - Foul language - £20
  • Sidney Sussex M1 - Slow to clear - £40
  • Magdalene M1 - Foul language and intimidating umpire - £40
  • Newnham Bank Party - Almost falling into the river - Buy a pint for the chap from Queens who saved you from getting wet
  • CUCBC Hon Sec - Messing up the results submissions for W3 today so it looks like they've all rowed over today without even having raced - Embarrassment

Friday

Notes from the Umpires​

  • Conditions on Saturday are going to be very windy. The Chief Umpires will assess conditions in the morning, but hope to be able to run all divisions. However, coxes will need to be alert, and bank parties will need to be ready to assist with pulling their crews not only during racing, but also at marshalling and at the start.
  • Following a serious incident today, the Chief Umpires have taken the decision to ban all handheld video recording by bank parties. Mounted cameras on handlebars / helmets / pannier racks etc. are all fine, but handheld phones or GoPros etc. will not be permitted.
  • Crews which bump out downstream of the Railway Bridge are reminded that they MUST stop downstream of the Railway Bridge on the way home, and they must remain there (perhaps held on the bank by bank parties with the wind tomorrow) until crews from the division ahead have pushed off the bank and rowed down to the start.
  • Bank parties are strictly limited to four cyclists. Please ensure your bank parties know who is cycling and who is not.

Fines

  • Clare W2 - Dropped bung, no advantage - £15
  • Sidney Sussex M1 - Boating without a lifejacket - £50
  • Magdalene W1 - Dropped bung, no advantage - £15

Saturday

Notes

  • Thank you to all of the umpires and marshals who volunteered this week; it would not be possible to run bumps without you!
  • A pair of headphones and a camera lens cap have been handed in to lost property.
  • Thank you to crews and bank parties for their patience this week to help the races run smoothly in challenging conditions.
  • Following discussions between the Chief Umpires and the Senior Committee, the cox who was removed from the river earlier in the week has been permanently banned from coxing.

Fines

  • Caius M1 - Public urination - £85
  • Clare Hall M1 - Failure to hold it up upon bumping - £40
  • Darwin - Incompetent coxing - blocking marshalling area and preventing next division from rowing down to start - £20
  • Downing W1 - forgetting to collect headship medals from the control desk, later admitting headship was “a bit of a surprise” - write predictions for the May Bumps programmes.
  • Fitzwilliam W1 - Bank party impeding umpire - £25
  • Fitzwilliam M1 - Bank party impeding umpire - £25
  • Fitzwilliam M1 - Easying upon being bumped - £40
  • Jesus - Failure to provide a marshal (second offence) - £30
  • Jesus W2 - Incompetent coxing - boat swinging 90 degrees into river having already parked on bank - £50
  • King’s M1 - Dropped bung, no advantage - £15
  • King’s M1 - Excessive bank party - £30
  • Lady Margaret W2 - Foul language from bank party during racing - £20
  • Lady Margaret M2 - Public urination - £85
  • Lucy Cavendish W1 - Excessive bank party - £30
  • Lucy Cavendish W1 - Excessive bank party (second offence) - £30
  • Murray Edwards W1 - Dropped bung, no advantage - £15
  • Newnham W1 - Dangerous failure to hold it up upon bumping - £75
  • Pembroke - Failure to provide a marshal - £15
  • Pembroke M2 - Videoing with handheld device, having been asked to desist by umpire - £75
  • Pembroke M2 - Bank party deliberately colliding with a member of the public - £75
  • Peterhouse M1 - Excessive bank party - £30
  • Robinson - Failure to provide a marshal - £15
  • Selwyn - Failure to provide a marshal (second offence) - £30
  • Selwyn M2 - Incompetent coxing - easying in the middle of the river, then getting blown back across the finish line and forcing racing crews to easy - £50
  • St Catharine’s W1 - Excessive bank party - £30
  • St Catharine’s W1 - Dangerous failure to hold it up upon bumping - £75
  • St Catharine’s M2 - Failure to hold it up upon bumping - £40
  • St Catharine’s M2 - Early celebration - £30
  • St Edmunds - Failure to provide a marshal (second offence) - £30
  • St Edmunds M1 - Dropped bung, no advantage - £15
  • Trinity Hall M1 - Excessive bank party - £30
  • Trinity Hall M2 - Excessive bank party - £30

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