All six Wolfson boats achieved record highs during Torpids.
February or March each year brings Torpids, the first bumps race of the year. Because much of the Isis is too narrow for side-by-side racing, the bumps format was developed. At the beginning of each division, thirteen crews line up front-to-back down the river, with one and a half boat-lengths of clear water between them. When a cannon is fired, the crews start rowing, and each tries to bump the boat in front before being bumped by the boat behind.
In Torpids, a boat that bumps successfully stops rowing, and is safe from itself being bumped. However, the same is not true for a boat that is bumped, and so occasionally crews can be bumped multiple times over the course of a single race. The start order for subsequent races is adjusted to move successful boats up, while unsuccessful boats move down. Over the years, boats aspire to reach “head of the river”, first place in the first division. Trophy oars termed “blades” are awarded to boats which successfully bump up on each of the four days of racing without themselves being bumped.
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For the first time ever, Wolfson entered eight boats in Torpids: four men’s crews and four women’s crews. Training up so many novices while pushing our seniors is an enormous task, yet our captains’ and coaches’ effort resulted in a…
Wolfson had an astounding Torpids 2015 campaign. All three women’s crews earned blades, and the men have fought their way back up to fifth on the river!
Wolfson had a strong Torpids 2013 campaign, with M1 holding a strong finish position, W1 pushing ever closer to Division I, and huge gains by the lower boats!
Wolfson had a fantastic Torpids 2012, our four crews gaining 14 bumps overall. The women earned blades and reached the heights of Division II, while the men reached fifth on the river!
Wolfson had an amazing performance in Torpids 2011. The men’s first Torpid was the most successful crew on the river, earning blades for the second year running and finishing 8th on the river — its highest position ever.
Wolfson did exceptionally well in this year’s Summer Eights coming 2nd overall behind St. Catz with 16 bumps for and 0 against (the only college with a clean sheet!).
This race report is provisional, based on historical records. Please e-mail the webmaster if you have more information. Congratulations go to the women’s second eight – a mixture of Christ Church novices and our two associate members – who moved…