Bumps

Those readers who are not familiar with the Bumps system may benefit from visiting the Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs (CUCBC) website and reading their explanation.


Alan Turing was part of the Second Mays boat of 1935, who won blades. He took up rowing when he returned to King’s as a Fellow in 1934. Rowing was not the only sport he enjoyed; he was later a candidate in long-distance running for the British Olympic team in 1948.


1952 was an extraordinarily successful year for the boat club, going up a net of 25 places. The Lent first boat of 1952 went up five.  Sir Adrian Cadbury (1929-2015, KC 1949) was not in the boat as he was rowing for the Blues (Cambridge University Boat Club) at this time. The Fourth Mays boat of 1952 went up a record breaking nine places, with a double overbump on one day. KCBC celebrated by burning a boat on the backs!


The Bumps are celebrated with a dinner for KCBC members and alumni, at which there are usually toasts and songs. Attendees of these dinners often had their programmes signed, sometimes with fictitious names or amusing remarks.