2021 Dispensations


At the meeting on 10th June 2021 the folliowng dispensations have been approved to row in the 2021 CRA Town Bumps:

  • Nirupa Desai (2.6)
  • Eve Caroe (2.6)
  • Phil Gunning (2.6)
  • Harry Turner (2.6)
  • Ed Parkhouse (2.3)
  • Rob Stark (2.3)
  • Judith Weik (2.3)
  • George Bourne (2.6)
  • Becky Willatts (2.3)
  • Isobel Edwards (2.3)
  • Nicky Anderson (2.3)
  • Beth Midgley (2.3)
  • Naomi James-Wildle (2.3)
  • Laura Mitcham (2.3)

The following were not approved:

  • Clayton Roberts
  • William Alexander Shaw

The following dispensation requests have been submitted.  These will be considered at the delegates meeting on 10th June.


Club Full Name Date joined CRA club Reason for Dispensation Races between 1st Jan 2021 and the deadline for application for dispensation with CRA Club Races since 1st Jan 2021 for any other clubs Any Other Information
Cambridge 99's Clayton Roberts 01/09/2018 Rule 2.5 would have let me be eligible for town bumps last year but they were cancelled due to the pandemic. Had I rowed in town bumps last year I'd have been eligible for town bumps this year under rule 2.5a, as I'd have rowed for 99s in both the 2019 and 2020 town bumps. Goldie-Isis Reserve Boat Race, raced in Ely on Sunday the 25th of April, raced for Goldie. No other races or competitions besides the one race listed above. For clarity, I trialled for CUBC in the 2019-2020 season, but was not selected to any crew to race for CUBC in that season (i.e., not selected to a fours head crew, Blue Boat or Goldie) which I believes means that I would have been eligible to return and race for 99s in the 2020 town bumps under rule 2.5, as I had previously rowed town bumps (and indeed all of the 2018-2019 season) with 99s (and would not have raced for any other club in the interim). 99s was incredibly formative to my rowing development and I was eager to return and row again with my friends at the club once the trialling process with CUBC had ended for the season. The onset of the pandemic obviously disrupted this but I trained out of 99s whenever restrictions allowed during the first lockdown, and the sculling program 99s ran last summer kept me sane. Following forward, were it not for the pandemic, I believe that I'd be eligible to race for 99s again this summer at town bumps under rule 2.5a as I'd have had two consecutive seasons of town bumps with 99s under my belt. I understand the necessity of the rules and exemption process for these races, but were it not for the pandemic, I feel that I would not be needing to apply for a dispensation at all, and I hope that the delegates take this into account and grant my exemption.
Cambridge 99's William Alexander Shaw 01/12/2017 2.6 None None Member of Tyne ARC and will be racing Met, Durham and Marlow with Tyne.
Raced 2019 CRA Bumps with Nines
I was intending to compete with nines last season but due to covid I’ve had to move for work so missed the bumps. I raced in the 2018 season HORR, Wallingford, Marlow and Henley(part of the M1) but wasn’t eligible for bumps so missed that one.  Then raced throughout the 2019 season with nines: HORR, Met, Marlow and Henley(part of the m1 and top 4). 
Xpress Nirupa Desai 01/05/2021 Rule 2.6 none Champs Head - Cambridge - 16/05/2021- Category Mays W4 - Caius
City Sprints - Cambridge - 02/05/2021 - Women Intermediate - Caius
Nirupa is no longer a student since September 2020, she races with a group of alumni friends under Caius so they can have access to a boat, but technically she hasn't had any link with the University since September 2020, in fact she is a full time doctor. We are asking to consider Nirupa's dispensation request to allow her to row in our W2 crew
Cantabrigian Eve Caroe 01/01/2015 Rule 2.6 - Eve is from Cambridge and was a Cantabs junior and senior rower whilst studying at Cambridge. Eve raced Town Bumps as both a junior and a senior. She is currently studying for a postgraduate degree at the Crick Institute in London. Her her lab schedules and the location of where she lives make it impossible for her to row for a university club. So instead she has chosen to row for Thames Rowing Club while she completes her studies. She isn’t eligible for Town Bumps under the clause 2.5a because the club she is currently rowing for isn’t a university club. None Metropolitan Regatta, Marlow Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta We hope the delegates will recognise that Eve is very much a town rower and that this application is very much in the spirit of the rules, and grant this dispensation request as a special circumstance of the 2.5a exception. .
Cantabrigian Phil Gunning 01/06/1998 2.6 - Phil is currently living away from Cambridge due to work commitments and he has joined Loughborough Boat Club this year. To date he has not raced with them at all, but there is a chance that he might race for them more than twice before Bumps. So we are are requesting a dispensation for him, just in case he is not eligible under rule 2.5b. None None Phil is the epitomy of a Cambridge Town Rower. He is an Honorary Life Member of Cantabs, having run our junior section for many years. He has rowed for town clubs since 1998 (1998-1999 Free Press; 2000-2001 ‘99s; 2002-2019 Cantabs (no racing in 2020 due to Covid19 restrictions). He has raced in every Town Bumps since 1998. Since the last Bumps he has raced with Cantabs at the Masters Invitational in Seville in Oct 2019, but other races were obviously restricted by the coronavirus epidemic. He continues to race for Cantabs whenver he can, and intends to race for us in select races over the coming year (Winter Head, Xmas Head, Vesta Vets) as work commitments allow. We hope the Delegates will recognise this commitment to the Town Bumps and rowing and grant this dispensation in case Phil races for Loughborough RC on more than two occassions. We hope he will be allowed to row in a crew in Men's Division 3 or 4.
Cantabrigian Harry Turner 15/09/0018 2.6 - Harry was asked to, and did, sub into a Magdalene boat for the Head of the Cam, and has unfortunately not yet done two years Bumps racing due to last year's cancellation. Head of the Cam, Radegund Mile, City Sprints - we also expect Harry to race for us at Metropolitan Regatta and Marlow Regatta Head of the Cam Harry has been a member of Cantabs since 2018 and had last year's Bumps not been cancelled, he would have rowed for us last year and qualified to row this year under clause 2.5(b). We hope the delegates will agree a dispensation under these circumstances to avoid him being penalised again for last year's cancellation.
Rob Roy Ed Parkhouse 01/07/2005 Rule 2.3 Seat Share in First Division None None Long standing Rob Roy member, who has rowed bumps on many occasions - limited availability due to family commitments means a seat share is requested for them to take part
Rob Roy Rob Stark 01/08/2009 Rule 2.3 Seat Share in First Division None None Long standing Rob Roy member, who has rowed bumps on many occasions - limited availability due to family commitments means a seat share is requested for them to take part
Cantabrigian Judith Weik 01/01/2009 Rule 2.3 - Substitute in first division. Judith is attending her daughter's graduation which has the temerity to clash with bumps! The planned celebrations, combined with travelling by public transport mean that Judith will not be able to race on the Wednesday and Thursday nights. None yet as Judith has been recuperating from an injury incurred during lockdown. However Judith is entered to race with Cantabs in the June Peterborough Regatta and is planning to race in Xpress Head & St Ives Regatta. None Judith leaned to row with Cantabs more than 10 years ago and been a club member and regularly participated in CRA bumps ever since, as well as being a Cantabs committee member in two different roles. She would love to race again this year on the days that fit around her daughter's graduation. In 2019 she rowed in our W4 crew and would hope to be in the same crew in 2021, if the delegates allow it. We aren't yet clear who might be able to sub for Judith, possibly Cam Lardy who has a graduation ceremony to attend on the Friday of bumps.
Rob Roy George Bourne 01/02/2016 Rule 2.6 None Raced GB Trials as Tideway Scullers School Didn't race Bumps due to GB selection and then cancellation in 2020, but was planning to do so. Has long supported the club, since joining and wants to contribute to the club that has given him so much help in his rowing career.

Bumps Results 2019

Coxing Examples


This document contains some examples of coxing and bank partying during CRA town bumps.  The bumps committee and coxing reps are using these as examples to help coxes for future events and are in no way intending to offend the crews or coxes involved.  Please contact the bumps committee if you have any questions


Past Town Bumps

Drone 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUrBRno24z8
At 1:29 - good post-bump crew reaction - good control from coxes
At 1:43 - how close a following crew might be after you’ve bumped out
At 2:47 - 1st post reach - 2 bumps happening and blocking the river with a crew coming up behind. We don’t see what happens/how quickly they get cleared but you can see that a lot of decisions need to made in a short space of time and how important it is to keep control of your crew AT ALL TIMES.


2018 MDiv2 crash at First post - City M7 boat sandwiched by a crew who didn’t look ahead:  ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDxMOflCmZk 

City M7 DO NOT ROW ON but pull in very quickly and the City M8 bow is caught inside their stern. 
The City M8 cox tries to get their 7 seat to back it down, but the bow is now caught under the concrete overhang.
Despite the shouts from the Bank, the chasing Champs boat does not stop. They hold it hard about two strokes off City M8. It looks like from the video that they had been bumped as a hand goes up. You can see what happens. The Cantabs boat chasing them ALSO doesn’t stop and then ploughs into the strokeside blades of City 8, hitting the cox. The Champs boat is impaled on the 7 rigger of City 8.
Firstly – let’s all be grateful that no one was hurt.
So – what should have happened?
1) The Acknowledgement could have been out to the side and much more definite
2) City M7 could have rowed on until they were well out of the way –– stopping rowing and pulling in immediately gave City M8 no where to go
3) The bank party weren’t quick enough to get off their bikes and pull City M8 in / get their stern out from under the concrete
4) Champs should have easied much sooner and should CERTAINLY not have been going for the inside of the corner. (From the 99s perspective from opposite the Champs cox didn’t look ahead at all in spite of 3 crews and coxes shouting at them to watch out. There is a failure by the BPs here too to make the cox aware of what was ahead.
5) Cantabs ditto – if they had held it hard with their bow on Champs’s stern (which they should have done) how come they were still going past City on the strokeside side?

The key lesson from this is that one member of the bank party MUST be with the cox and letting them know what is going on. Bank parties are there to keep people safe. This whole thing unfolded in around 15 seconds – prompt and decisive action is needed. Many of the things that happened in this video (pulling in quickly, assuming people will get out of the way) happen every Bumps, and nothing comes of it. Unfortunately, when you put them all together in a sequence like this, it’s dangerous and could really have hurt someone.


Town Bumps 2012 Wednesday M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XjtKtri2SM
(Bumps can be WET!)
An example of how little time there is to make decisions but when it all goes well, everything happens in the right order and racing isn’t impeded.
In first 2 mins-ish you can see how close crews can be to each other without a bump happening by the Plough
At 2:37 - 4 crews all in contact/have cover by Grassy. There is a poor concession from 32 (outside hand on outside of corner so following cox would not have been able to see it). Crew 33 cox goes for impact that could have gone quite wrong - luckily it works out well as both 33 and 32 are on the far side of the river. Cox 34 takes a good tight line so is well clear when 32/33 bump out and stop rowing. This also shows how important it is to keep the line before the Plough (when you don’t have to make contact to get the bump).


Town Bumps Tues 2015 - WDiv3 - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mTBGAw7opnE
An example of how quickly racing can go from clear run to chaos across the river and through the speed at which things happen compared to the speed at which you can steer a slow boat.
Basically Radegund were very slow and then hit First Post corner skewing them. The boat that bumped them pushed them straight across First Post into the gut.

The crews behind then get caught up in it all with Robs making it around (just) and Cantabs behind them going straight into the bank at the holt. The coxes maintain their control and keep their crews rowing until they clear the river so the following crews arrive as the river clears. The following crews row through ok but Nines don’t know that they’ve actually bumped the Cantabs crew who are parked on the bank as they are racing through. We can’t see what happened but we do know that Cantabs appealed to Race Control about being impeded and were awarded a row over while Nines were bumped by the crew behind. You may not get awarded a row over but it is important to take any appeals, issues, concerns AND YOUR BUMP to race control (get your BP to do it - only park up near the beer tree if you have been told to by Marshals!)


2011 Mens Div1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZV1DtdVbKE&t=23s
At 1:00 - A good example of how two experienced crews can still get it wrong. City are bumping Nines on the inside of Grassy. The City cox was fined for not stopping soon enough when they bumped and you can see the Nines cox swivelled in their seat shouting that they have conceded. It’s really important that your bank party lets you know if the crew in front has acknowledged. If you are in this position don’t be afraid to ensure you have the most visible hand up and out to the side (change hands if you have to and can do so safely), turn your cox box up and tell the chasing crew you’ve acknowledged but also keep control of your crew and keep them rowing until you are free of the other boat.
At 3:00 a crew goes wide around the corner and are caught by the chasing crew. The cox concedes very late (looks like they have considerable overlap) and ends up back in the middle of the river impeding the crew behind the one who bumped them. Luckily, that impeded crew looks like the last crew in the division so it doesn’t seem to cause a disaster but if the bumped cox had held control of the direction of their boat, conceded earlier and stayed in charge of their crew they would have been able to safely park up with little impact on the crew not involved on their bump.

Don’t forget, the last crew racing still have a chance at an over-bump and it’s not your job to decide if they can make it or not. Stay in control of your crew, concede clearly and in reasonable time and clear the river quickly.

Bumps Results 2017