Torpids 2015 was a highly memorable bumps race for St Peter’s, with equal amounts of success and disaster.
Despite low numbers on the women’s side meaning that W2 did not exist, W1 rowed a highly successful campaign. They achieved 4 out of a possible 5 bumps, securing a position in division III for the first time since 2008.
The men fared less well, beginning when M2 missed out on qualifying by less than 10 seconds. The first day of Torpids saw M1 powering towards a bump on Merton. Unfortunately, a bump further up the river meant that the racing line became blocked and Merton were forced to hold it hard, causing M1 to collide with them at full speed. This resulted not only in serious damage to the bow of the new boat (The Francis King Family), but a penalty bump too.
Due to the incredible hard work of our boatman, Mark Seal, and our equipment officer, Pete Hall, the boat was repaired in just one night and ready to race the next day. The men went on to be bumped a few more times, but also bumped twice. Detailed results and more photos can be found in the 2014 – 2015 archive.
Read the Master’s take on Torpids here.