Welcome to the Cantabs Bumps website. This site is for Cantabs Members to see daily updates in the run-up to and during bumps, with links to key dates, crew information and anything else that might be useful. There is even some history for those who want to see how Cantabs crews have done in previous years.

Please contact Gill (secretary@cantabsrowing.org.uk) if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Can you help?

Every crew racing in bumps generates about 25 volunteer slots that need filling, to act as marshals or bank party for the crews. Some crews will struggle to find those 25 volunteers, whereas others may have resources to spare; every piece of help is extremely useful. Here are some ways you can help, or get friends and family to help on your behalf. Prompt sign-up very much appreciated!

Safety Notice

There may be some work on lift installation taking place at the Cantabs Boathouse during Bumps Week. Please stay away from any equipment and machinery and follow instructions from anyone carrying out the work.

Parking near Cantabs

Please remember that no cars should be parked on the estate, the access road to Cantabs or on the grass adjacent to the access road. There is plenty of free parking in the nearby streets (e.g. Church St, St Andrews Rd, Logans Way) that can be used when racing.

Please lock bicycles securely - there have been thefts in bumps week, mostly of bicycles secured with only flimsy locks. Please use the best lock you have to secure your bicycle. There are cycle stands through the estate and outside St Andrews Church, and a cable along the brick wall at Cantabs. Please do not lock bicycles along the wooden walkway as they may impede access for lift work, as well as annoy other members!


There is general information for spectators here.

If you have supporters who would prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of the towpath, they can watch from the CRA enclosure at Osier Holt* on First Post Corner in Fen Ditton on Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July. See details and book free entry and car parking tickets from the CRA website.

There will be a ferry service between The Plough and the towpath opposite running each day between 4:30pm and the end of the last division. Crossings will cost £2 per person, with profits going to the East Anglian Children’s Hospices charity.

*In the background of the photo at the top of this page


The Beer Tree will operate as usual, and this year will be supporting the Milton Children's Hospice.

This year it will be joined on the towpath by a cafe, ~20 yards downstream from Race Control, which will be selling homemade cakes, soft drinks and water, with wine available for a donation, between 5pm and 9pm throughout Bumps. Proceeds go to the local charity Born to be Beautiful

That hurts!

Chris Armitage ("soft tissue therapist") and his colleagues are offering massages in the Nines Committee room during bumps for £10 per session. They are planning to offer treatments Tuesday to Thursday approx 5pm to 8pm (longer if there is more demand). There will be 2 therapists Wednesday and Thursday and just Chris on Tuesday. Please email Chris if you have any questions.

Fun Fact

2017 sees the largest ever Cantabs entry into the CRA Bumps with 27 crews taking part. I am pretty sure this is the largest entry from any club ever, but don't have time to check the records! Either way, Cantabs crews make up nearly 24% of the entry: 15 of the 65 men's crews and 12 of the 48 women's crews.