"The Bumps" includes an integrated CD-ROM, provided as an accompaniment to the printed
book. As well as the complete contents of the book you will be able to find a vast array
of additional information that, for reasons of space and ease of reference, the authors
were unable to include in the book itself.
Principally the CD-ROM contains the complete notes on the events that were considered to be,
at least at the time, important in each year of racing. Additionally we have included all the
bumps charts for the November, Lent and May races from the first race in 1827 to the present
as well as the results of the bumping races held in fours, pairs and single sculls. For those
that have rowed Head of the River, crew lists are also included. With such a wealth of information
the CD-ROM is not designed to be read 'cover to cover', and as such extensive searching facilities for
both the text and the bumps charts are included. For those that are unfamiliar to Bumps Racing there
is an introduction to the sport and maps, photographs and videos showing how and where
the races are held.
"The Bumps" CD-ROM is designed to run on all Windows versions from Windows 95 onwards.
For each year and event, bumps charts that show the progress of the crew throughout the races
can be viewed. The tracks of individual crews can be displayed in their Club colours to
quickly highlight their achievements and interesting events, and the locations where
bumps occurred are indicated on each of the charts.
The program also allows you to view the progression of a crew, or crews, over several years.
You are able to select one or more individual boats, classes of boat (e.g. all Second Boats) or
entire Clubs for display on a progress chart.
The Bumps Database
The Bumps Database allows you to search the bumps charts for a wide range of information.
A number of different queries can be made concerning the positions of crews, bumps they have made on
others or those made on them, blades won etc etc. Searches can also be limited to a range of events,
years, positions, changes in position or crews. The database will therefore provide details to
queries such as:
The results are shown in a table and can easily be sorted on a number of criteria. Selecting an
individual result will display the single year chart for that event with the progress of the
relevant crew(s) highlighted. The results may also be displayed as a bar or pie chart.
- "When have Jesus finished Head of the River?"
- "On how many days have Lady Margaret been in the top three boats?"
- "Which crews have double-overbumped in the Mays?"
- "How many times were any of the Trinity First Boats not in the First Division?"
- "When did any Second Boat bump any First Boat between 1974 and 1999?"
- "In how many years have Caius Boats won their blades?"
The absolute records of a crew or Boat Club can easily be found. The Club records section of the
program lists the highest and lowest positions obtained and the dates of the first and last race it
competed in. The relevant bumps charts, highlighting the selected crew or Club in these positions,
can also be shown.
Head Crew Lists
Crew lists are available for boats that have finished Head of the River. A 'Find' facility is
included which allows you to search all the crew lists for particular names and / or Clubs. Searches
may also be
limited to a particular club, gender and / or event if so desired.
Maps and Videos
High detail aerial photographs of the river are included on the CD-ROM. By zooming in progressively
more detailed photographs can be viewed. Additional written information and oblique views of the landmarks
and boathouses are also available.
A number of audio and video sequences can be accessed through the software on the CD-ROM. These include
both current and archive footage of the nature of bumps racing including pushing off, the cannons, bung lines
and of course the race itself and crews bumping. Additionally some of the various rowing styles that have been
used throughout the twentieth century are demonstrated.