Torpid's eProgramme
Weds 1st - Sat 4th March 2017

Torpids 2017 is now underway! The OxBump team is proud to bring you this Electronic Programme, complete with division start times, an introduction to bumps, and useful links.

Race Schedule

Division Start Times

Torpids is raced Wednesday through Saturday. Men's and Women's divisions alternate as follows:

Men    Women
Div I5:00 Div I4:30
Div II4:00 Div II3:30
Div III3:00 Div III2:30
Div IV2:00 Div IV1:30
Div V1:00 *Div V12:30
*Div VI12:00 
* Rowing On Division

Start Order

  1. Pembroke
  2. Oriel
  3. Wolfson
  4. Wadham
  5. Christ Church
  6. Hertford
  7. St Catherine's
  8. Balliol
  9. New College
  10. Pembroke II
  11. Trinity
  12. St John's
  1. S.E.H.
  2. Worcester
  3. University
  4. Lincoln
  5. Jesus
  6. St Anne's
  7. Mansfield
  8. L.M.H.
  9. Merton
  10. Keble
  11. Brasenose
  12. Somerville
  1. Queen's
  2. Exeter
  3. St Peter's
  4. St Hugh's
  5. Corpus Christi
  6. Linacre
  7. Balliol II
  8. Wolfson II
  9. St Antony's
  10. Wadham II
  11. Oriel II
  12. Jesus II
  1. Green Templeton
  2. Keble II
  3. New College II
  4. Christ Church II
  5. Hertford II
  6. Wadham III
  7. Trinity II
  8. St John's II
  9. St Catherine's II
  10. Trinity III
  11. Brasenose II
  12. S.E.H. II
  1. University II
  2. St Hugh's II
  3. Lincoln II
  4. St Hilda's
  5. Wolfson III
  6. Merton II
  7. Regent's Park
  8. Exeter II
  9. L.M.H. II
  10. Worcester II
  11. Mansfield II
  12. St Antony's II
  1. Balliol III
  2. Keble III
  3. Corpus Christi II
  4. Jesus III
  5. St Benet's Hall
  6. Keble IV
  7. Jesus IV
  8. Corpus Christi III
  9. Trinity IV
  10. St Peter's II
  11. St Hugh's III
  12. St Hilda's II
  13. St Antony's III
  1. Magdalen
  2. Oriel
  3. Pembroke
  4. Christ Church
  5. Wadham
  6. University
  7. Wolfson
  8. Hertford
  9. New College
  10. St John's
  11. Balliol
  12. Keble
  1. S.E.H.
  2. Lincoln
  3. Trinity
  4. Jesus
  5. St Catherine's
  6. Somerville
  7. Linacre
  8. Green Templeton
  9. Worcester
  10. St Anne's
  11. St Hugh's
  12. Brasenose
  1. L.M.H.
  2. Mansfield
  3. Corpus Christi
  4. Wolfson II
  5. Wadham II
  6. Exeter
  7. Queen's
  8. St Hilda's
  9. St Peter's
  10. Merton
  11. St Antony's
  12. New College II
  1. St John's II
  2. Pembroke II
  3. Regent's Park
  4. Lincoln II
  5. Oriel II
  6. Worcester II
  7. University II
  8. Wolfson III
  9. Somerville II
  10. Jesus II
  11. Magdalen II
  12. Linacre II
  1. Balliol II
  2. Lincoln III
  3. Christ Church II
  4. Hertford II
  5. Trinity II
  6. Wadham III
  7. St Anne's II
  8. Mansfield II
  9. St Hilda's II
  10. Keble II
  11. Exeter II
  12. Merton II
  13. L.M.H. II

Basic Bumps Rules

Bumps racing was developed due to difficulties arranging side-by-side racing on the winding, narrow course of the Isis. When a division is prepared to race, the thirteen boats in that division are attached to "bung lines" at the downstream starting area, separated by about 1.5 boat-lengths. Additionally, the top boat of the next-lower division, referred to as the "sandwich boat", is attached to the furthest bung line, and races for the opportunity to "bump up" into the next division.

A cannon is fired to give 5-minute and 1-minute warnings, and finally to start the race. Each boat then attempts to "bump" the boat in front before being bumped by the boat behind. A "bump" is achieved in one of three ways:

When a "bump" has occurred, the boat that successfully bumped is out of the race. It is obliged to get out of the way of all other boats ("clear the racing line") as quickly as possible to avoid causing interference to the rest of the race.

In Torpids, the boat that was bumped continues to race, and may be bumped again, or redeem itself by bumping the boat in front. On the next day of racing, the start order is adjusted according to the bumps, with crews that successfully bumped moving up and crews that were bumped moving down.

A boat that reaches the finish line, near Head of the River pub, without bumping or being bumped, is said to have "rowed over".

In extraordinary safety situations, marshalls may fire klaxons to abort a race early. In this case, all boats will immediately stop ("hold it up"). Bumps earned before the klaxon stand, while any events after the klaxon are considered invalid.

Various penalties, appeals, or concessions may be considered by the Race Committee and Senior Umpires in certain situations. These include "penalty bumps", usually for unsafe behavior, and "technical row-overs", often awarded when a crew is unfairly obstructed.

Isis River Information

Circulation pattern and marshalling points

Oxford College Boathouses

Boathouse Key:

  1. Wadham/ St. Anne's/ St. Hugh's
  2. Pembroke/ St. Edmund Hall
  3. Corpus Christi/ St.John's
  4. Jesus/ Keble
  5. Brasenose/ Exeter
  6. Lincoln/ Oriel/ Queens's College
  7. Balliol/ New College
  8. Merton/Worcester
  9. Magdalen/ Lady Margaret Hall/ Trinity/ St. Antony's
  10. Christ Church
  11. Linacre/ Sommerville/ Wolfson/ University College/ St. Benet's Hall/ St. Peter's
  12. Hertford/ Mansfield/ St. Catherine's/ St. Hilda's/ Templeton

Coxing Tips for Bumps

It's tempting to forget to think about your line in the excitement of a race. So keep reminding yourself about it and if you need to, stop talking so you can concentrate on a difficult line.

Big movements with the rudder disrupt the balance and slow the crew down. Try to steer as gently as possible - more often and more lightly, rather than letting the boat go off course and bringing it back with a huge turn.

The golden rule is:

Never move the rudder when the blades are out of the water. If you move it gently during the drive and leave it on during the recovery they won't even notice, but a tiny movement during the recovery can cause a crash.
What calls will you use for manoeuvring onto the bung-line and getting straight? Does the crew know the difference between a normal spin and a reverse spin? Do your bow-pair know how much pressure you want when you ask for a stroke or tap or squeeze or catch?

How will you prepare the crew for a push when you're racing?

Commands should be as short as possible and crystal clear.

It's very noisy during the race. The less you talk, the more they will listen. They can hear what you say on the recovery more easily than on the drive.

Don't talk all the time.

Even during a race.

This is possibly the biggest mistake that coxes make on the Isis.

A crew will very quickly tune out the words of a cox who is talking too much, repeating things, or switching too quickly between ideas. Rowers need time to concentrate: as a rule of thumb, one idea to focus on every ten strokes works well.

Many crews are tense and try too hard off the start. Your calls should be calm, clear and technical at the beginning of the race. Later you can use another register in your voice to urge them on through the pain. But always leave something in reserve for the wind for the line in the really close race.

A lot of good coxing is not about what you say, but about how you say it.

Can you ask the crew to "sit back", in time with the finish? Or to "send it there"? Can you get the sense of "long" or "loose" or "sharp" or "quick" with your voice? Can you ask them to "push", or to "lift it", or to "go now" or "crush them" like you really, really mean it?

They should be able to tell from your voice alone whether you are asking them to push onto rate (calm), or to send it along at race pace (rhythmical), or to lift it for a push (motivational), or to wind for the line (urgent).

Keep your voice down. Motivational calls should come from the throat.

Closing in for the bump

Too many crews throw away their chances by getting over-excited when they get close to another crew. Your job is to keep them focused so they keep doing what they do well.

Before the race

Your task is to make sure that the warm-up, team chat, boat inspection, kit organisation and boating go as smoothly as possible. The crew and the captain need to be able to rely upon you. They have their own race preparation to worry about.

You need to be calm, confident and in control, so that the crew are calm and confident as they prepare to race.

This is the most stressful part of racing, so be prepared.

  • Do you know the coxing equipment is properly charged and where it is?
  • Plan the warm up and boating schedule well in advance and on the day expect to keep reminding the crew, quietly and firmly, what they are supposed to be doing.
  • Go through your start sequence so many times you could say it in your sleep.
  • During the race

    Things go wrong. As coxes we all make mistakes. So do other people. A good cox always stays calm and is always thinking positively about what to do next, even if the crew has just rowed into the bank.

    Useful Links

    The following information is provided by OURCs:

    Links to each college boat club page

    College Website link
    Christ Church
    Corpus Christi
    Green Templeton
    Lady Margaret Hall
    Osler House
    Regent's Park
    St Anne's
    St Antony's
    St Benet's
    St Catherine's
    St Edmund Hall
    St Hilda's
    St Hughs
    St John's
    St Peter's
    Wadham Wadham

    Disclaimer and Programme Info

    Live bumps are entered as provisional bumps in red as they happen, and once announced over the tannoy by Race Desk are changed to white lines. If an appeal is made, bumps are converted back to red until the appeal is resolved. We do our best to keep these bumps results as accurate and up-to-date as possible, however the official results are still the results recorded on paper at Race Desk. The OxBump team would like to thank OURCs for providing the race schedule, crew lists and Isis river information; and Nanda Pirie for the Coxing Tips for Bumps. OxBump strives to provide up-to-date and accurate information about Oxford rowing. Despite this, unforseen circumstances could cause inaccurate or incomplete information to be presented. OxBump is only a supplement to the safety assessment performed by a captain, cox, coach, crew or race official. You accept all risk and responsibility for losses, damages costs and other consequences resulting directly or indirectly from the use of this e-Programme.

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