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At Oxford University, Torpids is one of two bumping races held in the year, the other being Eights. Both men's and women's coxed eights compete in separate divisions for their colleges. In (usually) 6 men's divisions and 5 women's divisions, over 130 crews race, with around 1200 participants in total. The rowing events take place on the Isis part of the River Thames from Wednesday to Saturday of the 7th week of Hilary term. Crews can progress up their division by bumping the boat in front. The aim is to become "head of the river", i.e. top of the First Division, and stay in the lead position. Each year's starting order is based on the previous year's finishing position. A crew that bumps in every race in which it takes part, or that finishes head of the river, without being bumped itself, is awarded 'blades' - traditional wooden blades painted in the college colours with the names and weights of the successful crew emblazened on them. The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Corpus bumps Girton at the 2005 May Bumps in Cambridge A bumps race is a form of rowing race in which a number of boats chase each other in single file; each boat attempts to catch the boat in front without being caught by the boat behind. ... At Oxford University, Eights Week constitutes the main intercollegiate rowing event of the year, and happens in May. ... A coxless pair which is a sweep-oar boat. ... The Isis, after the Egyptian goddess, is the name given locally to the River Thames in Oxford, England, especially in association with rowing within the University. ... The Thames (pronounced //) is a river flowing through southern England and connecting London with the sea. ...


Oriel College are currently head of the river in Torpids (for men), continuing their dominance over the college rowing event at Oxford University. New College currently hold the title for the women crews. College name Oriel College Named after Blessed Virgin Mary Established 1324 Sister College Clare College, Cambridge Trinity College, Dublin Provost Sir Derek Morris JCR President Frank Hardee Undergraduates 304 Graduates 158 Homepage Boatclub Oriel College (in full: The House of Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford commonly called Oriel College... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... College name New College Named after Blessed Virgin Mary Established 1379 Sister College Kings College Warden Prof. ...


The name derives from the event's origins with the second boats of the colleges, which were naturally slower than the first boats.


The University of Cambridge equivalent of Torpids is the Lent Bumps. The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ... 1st & 3rd Trinity 1st Women about to overbump Girton in the womens 1st division on day 3 of the 2005 Lent Bumps The Lent Bumps (also Lent Races, Lents) are a set of rowing races held on the River Cam in Cambridge. ...


External link

  • Oxford University Rowing Clubs

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Torpids - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (268 words)
At Oxford University, Torpids is one of two bumping races held in the year, the other being Eights.
Oriel College are currently head of the river in Torpids (for men), continuing their dominance over the college rowing event at Oxford University.
The University of Cambridge equivalent of Torpids is the Lent Bumps.
The Queen's College, Oxford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (450 words)
This event, held on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames, is credited with leading to support from the town for the establisment of the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most famous rowing events in the world, in 1839.
Rowing is still a major sport in the College, with the men placed 6th in Torpids and 13th in Eights and the women 4th in Torpids and 8th in Eights.
Both the men and the women are closing in on the Head of the River in Torpids and rising in Eights.
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