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Clare Hall Boat Club has most successful May Bumps in recent history

17 June 2024 College life

M1 rowing home after winning blades

From the 12th to 15th of June, Clare Hall Boat Club participated in the annual May Bumps, and had one of the most successful weeks in recent club history. For the first time in over a decade, CHBC had a W2 boat qualify through the Getting-On-Race, none of our three boats were bumped over the week, and M1 won their blades for the second consecutive year!

Over the week, our three crews demonstrated their strength and endurance through tough conditions, highlighting the months of hard work they have put in from the Cam to Lake Bled. Our W1 and W2 each bumped three days and rowed over for one, and our M1 bumped every day.

On Saturday, we also hosted our first annual May Bumps Riverside Picnic, where we welcomed College members, family, and friends to a marquee on Ditton Meadows to watch the bumps. It was an exciting day watching our three crews row past the marquee with plenty of greenery in their hair, accompanied by loud cheers of “Yeah Clare Hall!”.

W1 rowing home after a swift and successful bump, Photo by Giorgio Divitini
W2 on the bank after a victorious bump on the final day
M1 celebrating at the boathouse

We were thrilled to see the wider college community, including family, friends, and returning alumni, cheering on our crews during Bumps week, which brought countless successes for Clare Hall. The M1 crew achieved blades by bumping every day, while W1 and W2 each managed to gain three bumps and one row-over. This incredible May bumps and entire season is a testament to the hard work of our rowers and the generous support from our donors and college. This year, we’ve had a record number of members join our family on the Cam, we hope to see you in a boat or on the bank very soon! YEAH CLARE HALL!

-Oscar O’Hara, CHBC President 2023/24

We are immensely grateful to our supporters over the years, who have allowed the boat club to continue growing and expanding. Looking forward to next season, the boat club is looking to obtain a new coxed four to allow for increased training and racing capacity. To support the development of the boat club or to learn more about joining, visit this page.

We wish the boat club a huge congratulations, and are looking forward to following their future successes, on the Cam and beyond!