Report from our Bumps Crews

Men's Division 3

IMG 4284Looking to build on the successes of Tuesday evening we started Wednesday on the 6th chain chasing Cantabs 8 and followed by Champs 4, looking for revenge. We started well, taking a length off Cantabs by 1st Post, but soon hit very rough water as Cantabs closed on and then bumped City 9 in The Gut, temporarily blocking the river. Realising that there should be at least one boat on the river ahead of us that could be bumped we restarted our pursuit. Now you’ll remember that Jo, our cox, was keen for us to bump before going around the corners on the Cam and as we rounded Grassy we discovered that our tiny rudder was woefully inadequate for the job and we drifted round the corner and side slapped the bank as we entered Plough Reach. Behind us City 11 had bumped Champs 4 and ahead of us the spare boat we were chasing had disappeared so we decided to call it a night and settled for a row-over. On Thursday we chase City 9 and are chased by City 11.

Women's Division 2

W2 Bump Day 2

New Day New Crew!  Molly dropped into the boat at 2 for her first sweep oar experience!  Had a tremendous practice start and even the real start was better than yesterday! The City 6 crew we were chasing had a faster start and were rapidly gaining on City 7. However, we managed to stride well and Ellen called the push just before they did and we closed a length in 6 strokes to another Bump on 1st Post Corner! Now to tackle City 7 before City 6 catches up with us! 

Women's Division 3

W2 (Sweep of Faith) is getting closer – to within 2 whistles of a bump on day 2!

Looking forward, our strategy is seriously upping our training mileage. With a chain near the lock, we get the longest 

possible row down to the start; and two row-overs in 2 nights ensures we are getting maximum practice under race conditions.

Look out Cantabs 12 – we ARE going to get you!


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Day 1 of Town Bumps got off to a flying start for Isle of Ely with two bumps and a row over, putting us in second place behind St Neots for the John Jenner Trophy.

Women’s Division 3

W2 (Sweep of Faith) enjoyed their first experience of bumps after starting from scratch just 3 months ago.  The crew was up for it, and very quickly ate into Cantabs 12's lead at the start.but despite a good row they couldn’t quite manage a bump. So, with no one chasing they settled down for a row-over to save their energy for day 2.

With first night nerves now behind them, and much scrutiny of videos of the opposition, the crew is even more up for it for day 2.  Tonight they will attempt to catch Cantabs 12 who failed to bump ’99 7.

Isle of Ely rowers took on the best at Britain’s showpiece rowing event at Henley Royal Regatta.

The junior quartet of Freya Dingwall, Rebecca Welch Kate Lyster, Molly Johnson stormed to the final of the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup for junior girls quadruple sculls, after coming through four rounds of quality racing.

16 boats from 51 entries contested the event at the 178-year-old Thames regatta, which takes place on a 2,100m course, roared on by thousands of spectators watching the action along the riverside.

The Isle of Ely girls started their campaign with a 2 lengths lead over the Lady Eleanor Holles School, followed by a commanding 2 ¼ length lead over Godolphin Latymer in the quarter-finals, to move through to the next round.

In the semi-final Isle of Ely had another strong performance against local crew Henley Rowing Club. The Ely girls led from the start and in the second half of the race put on a big push to win comfortably by 2 ¼ lengths. This put them into the final against defending champions Gloucester Rowing Club. The two clubs had previously met in the final of Henley Women’s Regatta two weeks earlier where Gloucester won.

In the rematch, Ely got off to a good start leading by ½ length, but they were unable to hold off their rivals Gloucester who moved out at the halfway point to win for the fourth consecutive year by 2 ½ lengths.

It was the first time that an Isle of Ely crew had reached the finals at Henley. Coached by Peter Lee, the quartet received plaudits from the race commentators about the quality of their sculling.

You can watch all of Isle of Ely’s races on YouTube

Juniors at Ball Cup South 2017

On Sunday 7th May, Seren Palmer and Emily May travelled to Eton Dorney to compete in the 2017 Ball Cup Regatta.  The aim of the Ball Cup is to give small and emerging clubs and their emerging competitors a chance to experience true competition and the chance to win.

Seren won gold in WJ13 1x and Emily won silver in WJ18 1x.

Kate Lyster was in action with Great Britain junior squad during the weekend’s Junior International Regatta in Munich.

One of six female scullers in a 32-strong squad announced by British Rowing, Kate competed over the 2,000m Olympic course in the junior women double sculls with Beth Willford-Dutton, from Northwich Rowing Club.

The duo then joined forces with Zoe Adamson (Gloucester RC) and Lottie Orr (Henley RC) in the junior women-quadruple sculls later the same day, finishing second in the final.

The International Junior Regatta is an annual event that attracts some of the best young rowers from across the world.

The Ladies Quad set off to St Ives for the Head to Head race not entirely sure what was involved. A discussion in the car concluded that a racing turn was unlikely to be possible on health and safety grounds, so there would probably be a welcome breather at the half way point, which happily proved to be the case.