Alumni May Bumps Weekend 2019

15th-16th June: Rowing, Drinks Reception, & Dinner

Saturday 15th June

2pm – : Watch the final day of May Bumps as part of the Selwyn contingent from the banks of the Cam.

7:00pm: Drinks reception in the Masters Lodge for Selwyn alumni & partners, hosted by the Master.

8:00pm: Join current boat club members for the end of Bumps Boat Club Dinner in Hall.

Sunday 16th June

am: Outings from the boathouse for alumni crews, see if you’ve got what it takes

Pembroke Regatta


An exciting day of side-by-side racing today over 1000m with plenty of stories to tell – watch this space for a full race report!

W1: won against Queen’s W1 (Oxford) by ‘a distance’ and Queens’ W1 (Cambridge) by 1/2 a length (!!!), lost to Downing W1 by 1 length
W2: lost to Hughes Hall W2
M3: Caius MCR boat scratched then lost to Magdalene M4 by 1.5 lengths


Selwyn took to the river once again on Saturday for the last race before Bumps, with W1, W2 and M3 battling it out over a course of 1100m. Here are accounts from the three crews in their own words!

W1: by Stella Dixon
W1 had a fantastic day at Pembroke Regatta, managing to test the mettle of some highly ranked crews. Despite only doing their first practice start on Tuesday, and their first race being stopped halfway and rerowed due to an indignant houseboat, W1 produced a clinical win over Queen’s College (Oxford).

Although this was cause for celebration, the work for the day was not over and next up they took on Queens’ (Cambridge). It was a nail-biting race, with Selwyn leading off the start before Queens’ strode out to a length’s lead. However, W1 were not content to be beaten and, in the latter stages of the race, gave it their all to eek out a win by half a length.

The next round was against Downing, who are currently second on the river in Lents. Once again W1 pulled as hard as they could – although they were eventually outclassed by the finesse of Downing, they put up a terrific fight and Downing could only claim a length’s margin at the finish. Overall this great result against some highly ranked crews is a testament to the hard work W1 have put in through the term, and bodes very well for their Lent Bumps campaign in just a few weeks’ time!

W2: by Olivia Tinker
W2 took part in their first race as a set crew on Saturday at Pembroke Regatta. The sun was shining and the atmosphere on the river was great – there was lots of support from our fellow crews as Helen, our cox, entertained the competition while we waited at the start line with a selection of music! (the most popular being ‘Year 3000’ by Busted)

The crew rowed really well, using the race as an opportunity to practice their race starts and lengthening of strokes. They sadly lost to Hughes Hall, however all of the crew enjoyed the race, rowing well as a team. It was a big confidence boost as we head towrds the Getting On Race for Lent Bumps in the next few weeks – with more practice already underway on the race starts, everything is looking good!

M3: by Oliver Black
Dreading the early morning race on Saturday, M3 trudged to bed, only to discover, moments later, that their opposition had scratched and they could have a half hour lie in till the second round. Well rested and with a longer nights sleep than expected Selwyn M3 pushed off, and got some solid technical work done while waiting to marshal.

The over 20 practice starts and light crew really paid off, as M3 sped out of the start, gaining just over a boat length on Magdalene M4 within the first 500m. Unfortunately we were all a bit too excited, and failed to settle into as powerful and calm a rhythm as we would have liked, so the larger and more powerful Magdalene crew slowly erased our lead and passed us, going on to win by one and a half boat lengths. While not a perfect result, the start was an extremely promising sign for Bumps, given the Magdalene boat are potentially several divisions above us.

Check out a video of M3’s race here

Lent Bumps 2018


Men’s First Boat

Lent bumps 2018 started off with a strong first day for Selwyn’s M1 who rowed-over. The comfortable row-over saw Selwyn move away from Downing, who bumped out early one, and put pressure on First and Third. This was to set the tone for the rest of the week. Despite cancellation of racing on Thursday due to cold and icy conditions, this did not disrupt the crew. Friday saw a good warm up for the crew on the way to station, with a punchy start to the race. Selwyn quickly put serious pressure on Homerton out of the gut and into the plough reach. Homerton soon succumbed to M1’s “standfast” call and could no longer hold off Selwyn. The crew had now built up a good level of momentum that was to carry through into Saturday. Once more M1 managed to get off to a calm but assertive start allowing gains to be made on FAT by first post corner. With excellent steering and calls made by our cox Rose, M1 were able to keep driving towards FAT and execute the second bump of the week just at the start of the reach.

Overall this Lent bumps campaign was successful for the Selwyn M1 despite harsh conditions. The crew were able to settle into a relaxed but assertive rhythm each day and work well together.

Hector Gardiner,

Men’s Captain 2017-2018

Women’s First Boat

Day One – Tuesday 27th February 2018

W1 were full of enthusiasm, nerves and excitement after a term of hard work and training. For a couple of our crew it was their first experience of bumps, so they were blissfully unaware of the carnage that can unfold! We went off with a strong start, holding off a very strong Darwin W1 until Grassy corner, where Kenneth, our cox, made the correct and safe decision to concede early to an imminent bump, as continuing around the corner would have resulted in a crash. Kenneth was complimented by CUCBC for his sensible and smart coxing during the race!


Day Two – Thursday 1st March 2018

Unfortunately Thursday did not see any racing. Races were cancelled for all divisions due to the heavy snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures.


Day Three – Friday 2nd March 2018

After a monumental effort, starting at 7am to clear the snow and ice from the towpath, racing went ahead on Friday 2nd of March. Today we were being chased by Sidney W1, and chasing Darwin W1 who had bumped us on Tuesday. The bitter temperatures and harsh wind meant that the whole crew were suffering a bit in the cold after sitting around at the start. Unfortunately, various blunders during the count-down meant that we did not push out straight and the crew were not ready for the start. This resulted in us rowing straight into the bank on the start, with Emma’s blade getting stuck under some metal and wooden framework sticking out into the water. Amazingly, after a catastrophic thirty seconds, we were still managing to hold of a strong Sidney Sussex who had beaten us convincingly in a head to head race a couple of weeks before. The crew put in a valiant effort, managing to pull away from Sidney and consolidate slightly, but in the end of we just couldn’t make up for our start, and Sidney caught us on plough reach. Despite the result, the crew rowed exceptionally well and with guts and determination.


Day Four – Saturday 3rd March 2018

After another early start shovelling snow and ice on the tow path, W1 were ready to take on their final race. Saturday saw us chasing Sidney Sussex W1 and being chased by Robinson W1. We had a strong start, but Robinson appeared to be storming off the start and quickly gained to within a boat’s length of us. After initially looking like it might be a very swift bump for Robinson, we managed to keep holding them off, pushing away slightly, with Robinson then gaining back, and us pushing away slightly again. This determined row continued right up until Ditton corner, when the strong Robinson crew eventually got the bump.

Despite the results, we are so proud of the W1 crew this term. They have been full of determination, enthusiasm and hard work and have made such massive improvements.  Their commitment was highlighted when they all turned up at 8am to shovel snow and ice off of the towpath, meaning that bumps could go ahead for us and other crews. We are very excited for training camp and for our May Bumps campaign.

Abbie Barnes and Emma Harper,

Women’s Captain’s 2017-2018

Emma Sprints Report 2017

Emma Sprints this Sunday 19th November was a steep learning curve for NM1. Drawn against the hosts, Emmanuel NM1, Selwyn had a very panicked start which unfortunately was never recovered from, allowing the Emma crew to stay ahead. Despite this, Selwyn’s power closed Emma’s lead to ¼ of a length until, with only 100m of the long reach to go, a crab saw us collide out of the race. Emma would go on to lose to Cauis in the final. Drawn next against Peterhouse NM1, and after a talking to from myself, the boys were confident they could have a very different second race. The start was much better, and we pulled ahead almost immediately. However, the two crews veered into each other with some scrappy strokes on strokeside needed to draw clear. Despite this, we managed to finish the race with a lovely piece of clean, rhythmic rowing that was the best we’d seen all term. Going into Clare Novices next week and looking to the senior men’s squad next term, NM1 are showing real promise.

Sam Wisbey, Men’s Lower Boats Captain

NW1 showed a strong start to their racing careers at Emma Sprints on Sunday. In their first race the girls started beautifully and quickly pulled away from Wolfson NW2. Some rocky timing in the middle of the sprint allowed Wolfson to catch up, but (with enthusiastic encouragement from the bank and cox) Selwyn quickly recovered. Some great rowing in the last 100m led to a well deserved win, meaning we were then racing against a formidable Hughes Hall NW1 in the Quarter Finals. Once again, we started strong and were doing well until an unfortunate couple of crabs lead to a loss of timing, enabling Hughes to draw away. The girls pulled together to finish well, but unfortunately were unable to make it up to Hughes, who went on to win the division. For a first race experience the whole crew did amazingly (and made their LBCs very proud!), showing a lot of potential for this term.


Charlotte Benham, Women’s Lower Boats Captain

SCBC Committee 2017/18

Introducing your new committee!

I am very excited to announce the 2017/18 committee members, and have every confidence they will all do fantastic jobs with great enthusiasm. A massive thank you to 2016/17 president Charlie Nye for all he has done, and to the ongoing alumni network for their donations and support.


The nominations are in…

We sent out a boat naming appeal in autumn to rename M1’s uninspiringly-named ‘Sims VIII’ boat. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions. It’s obviously an important issue, and we were pleased to get some input from Selwyn’s top celebs, including Hugh Laurie, The Most Reverend John Sentamu, George Augustus Selwyn, and Usain Boat.


The most popular names were:

  • Owen Chadwick (x10)
  • Boaty McBoatFace (and variants thereof, x6)
  • Sel-win (and variants thereof, x5)
  • Felicity Webster (x2)
  • Viracocha (x2)
  • Donald Bump (x2)

There were dedications to:

  • Robert Galbenu
  • Roger Mosey
  • Cath Elliston
  • Heather McKay
  • Ellie Nye
  • David Barton
  • Craig Peter Winfield
  • Ran Laurie
  • Ian Cooper
  • Titan Nick
  • Mac
  • Ariana
  • Hamish
  • The Gnome

(Though I cannot guarantee these people didn’t nominate themselves…)

And the best of the rest were:

  • 1882
  • Does my bump look big in this?
  • Sims (VIII)
  • Bishops Boat
  • The Courgette
  • Harambe
  • The Unsinkable II
  • Rowna Bout
  • Sinky McGee
  • Oar Righty-Then

The Henley Fund will make the final call (so they’re the people to lobby…!). We’ll get the boat and board painted and announce the new name as soon as we can.



Hi Novices, Welcome to Senior Rowing!


We’d like to give you a quick insight into senior rowing and everything that encompasses.
Firstly, congratulations you’ve completed novice term and made it through fairbairns! The good news is that the racing in lent and easter term is much more exciting. Bumps races will take place at the end of week 6, and this is your first taste of proper senior rowing races. The aim is to hit the boat in front of you before you’re caught by the boat behind. As you may have heard, M1 had an incredibly successful bumps campaign last year and we’re hoping that with the help of our new seniors, both the men’s and the women’s squads will match their success.
We also have many fun social events for you this term. As well as Boatie Curry and Boat Club Dinner, we have a swap with Kings BC to give ourselves a chance to get to know our fellow boathousers (I think I made up that word), and we will hopefully have some boat club bonding with a paintballing trip at the end of term.
Your captains, Maria and Harry (both legends), will be in touch soon about some fairly chilled trials to set boats for the term. See you next week.
Boatie love x

W2 May Bumps 2016 Race Reports


On our first day we were all very excited but also nervous, as for some of us it was our first time rowing in bumps. Our nerves were exacerbated by the knowledge that we were being chased by Jesus. However with adrenalin and some really gutsy rowing, we managed to hold Jesus off, they were to close to getting a bump at grassy corner but we kept pushing off of them, until Ditton Corner where they managed to bump us. A very gutsy row from everyone and good coxing calls.


On day 2 we were ready and excited and determined to row a good race, however, we were being chased by St Edmunds W1, a very competent crew, and they bumped us very quickly, with a very quick start and very strong rowing. We were disappointed but knew we could not have put any more into the race.



We were ready and raring to go for day three of bumps. Whilst we were marshalling Pembroke’s coach pulled us aside and asked us to hold St Cats off for a few minutes, until Pembroke could bump St Cats, however this plan did not unfold. Pembroke were too slow off the start, and St Cats put in a solid, strong row, gaining on us quickly and bumping us by 1st post before Pembroke had chance to bump St Cats.


On our final day we were as determined as ever, although a little tired by this point, we were ready to put everything into our final row.  We had a fast start, gaining slighting on Cats, getting our first and only whistle in our bumps campaign. However Pembroke carried on solidly gaining on us until they achieved a bump and brought an end to W2’s May Bumps 2016. Despite being awarded spoons, we all knew that we could not have rowed any harder, or put any more effort in and in that respect we were happy and proud of our performance.

Back Row: Mollie Cornell, Mascha Mironova, Jemma Offley, Abbie Barnes, Freya Hufton, Amy Bland (coach). Front Row: Aimee North, Kenneth McHardy (cox), Harriet Brien.  Absent: Annabel Allison

New SCBC Committee

Now that Henley is over it is time to announce our new committee. This past year has been a huge success for SCBC. The new boat house was finally completed, M1 got blades and despite boating from a shipping container for the majority of the year we had more keen rowers then ever, including a great group of novices. I want to thank all those who made that possible, especially Teresa and her outgoing committee.

We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year and I’m lucky enough to have an amazing committee to make it all happen with many experienced hands and at least one member from every boat Selwyn put out in Mays this year.

Introducting the SCBC committee no stripes

I’m looking forward to working with this lot and the Henley Fund to make this the best year yet (it will be my 5th). It’s also the first year the overall captain isn’t also the Men’s/Women’s captain so I’ve really got no excuses. Do get in touch if you any questions at all.

Charlie Nye – SCBC President (

Selwyn M1 Race Report – Thursday Mays 2016

We approached today’s racing with the momentum of yesterday’s over-bump, but also the knowledge that we would be chased by a hungry “fly and die” Magdalene crew. Our warm up was strong and effective, having got rid of nerves that seized us yesterday, and the crowds were cheering “GO SELWYN”. We bumped Catz in 400m after opening a wide gap on Magdalene, and watched joyfully as they rowed past with the clear expression of sorrow on their faces that read “what might have been”.
On Friday we will be chasing Kings and a bump will place us at the top of our combined boathouse, a position Selwyn has not held for at least 20 years.