Crews Set for Lent Bumps

The 2020 Lent Bumps will take place from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 February 2020, with the Getting-on race on Friday 21 February.

Lent Bumps 2018

Lent Bumps 2020 Men’s 1st VIII (M1)

Lent Bumps M1

Capably coxed and whipped into shape by Co-Men’s Captain Michael Donnelly, a former trialist for CUR, M1 is poised for their first bumps campaign of the year. M1 features four strong novices who picked up their first oars only in October, but have fully committed to the Wolfson way of rowing. Also in the crew are two members of last year’s Mays M1: Club Captain Harry Michalakakis and Co-Men’s Captain Jonas Wilcks. Liam Martin joins Wolfson after rowing at Churchill College Boat Club for three years as an experienced bumps strokeman. Rob Lake stroked the legendary Mays 2018 M2 that went up 8 spots with a double overbump, a crew of which Harry and Jonas were also members. After leaving Wolfson for a year after graduating he has found his way back to WCBC, and will bring some experience to the boat. 

M1 will give chase to Selwyn on the first day of bumps in 5th position of Division 2. If they perform very well there is a chance that they will enter division 1.

Lent Bumps 2020 Women’s 1st VIII (W1)

Lent Bumps W1

Women’s Captain Anastasia Watson strokes a crew with six novices who had never been in a boat before October and whom she coached together with Co-Men’s Captain Jonas Wilcks last term. Though they are not the most experienced W1 crew out there, their performance in recent races proves that their pure wattage output should make a crew to watch for this year's Lent Bumps.

Novice cox Tierney Lee has made an impact on the Cam with his brave steering, daring overtakes and sheer will to push his crew to do the best they can. We expect this will pay off with some sharp corners in Bumps to help steer the crew to success. Meanwhile, Anastasia’s previous successes, having won blades in Mays 2018, means she will be determined to stroke her crew to a strong start this Lent campaign, with W1’s sights set on getting their bowball past Magdalene W1 on Tuesday 25 February.

Lent Bumps 2020 Men’s 2nd VIII (M2)

Lent Bumps M2

Since not qualifying in the 2017 Lent Bumps, our M2 has been back with a vengeance in the colder edition of the Bumps, becoming a force to be reckoned with in the lower divisions. This year they hope to become the first Wolfson M2 boat to ascend into Division 3 of Lent Bumps. Very experienced stroke Ted Holland brings invaluable experience from his days rowing at Princeton, competing at national levels. Led by Ted, the five novice rowers and novice cox are eager to show off the power they have been building on the ergs back in college and follow his lead.

The boat also has last year’s Mays M2 strokeman, Julian Siebert, who was thought to be lost to Stanford in his pursuit of a PhD, but in a heroic act he has returned to make things right on the Cam. M2 will have to qualify and regain their position of last year through the Getting-On race. This is expected to be achieved and they will definitely be an exciting boat for bumps.

Lent Bumps 2020 Women’s 2nd VIII (W2)

Lent Bumps W2

With boat captain Jaz Cornish in the bow being the only crew member to have picked up an oar before this academic year, what W2 lack in experience they make up for in enthusiasm. Capably coxed by Harrison Roberts, known to promote team spirit by various musical acts in the marshaling before races they hope to be the first Wolfson W2 to make it on for Lent Bumps. W2 has performed well in races leading up to their final test of the term: the Getting-On race.

Lent Bumps 2020 Men’s 3rd VIII (M3)

Lent Bumps M3

M3 features six novices and with nine different nationalities making it the most international crew for Lent Bumps. Co-Men’s Captain Michael Donnelly has largely been in charge of their coaching from cox seat. First year medic Andrew Kerr has been captaining the boat and building excitement for the Getting-On race, whilst keeping an eye on the ultimate prize: becoming the first Wolfson M3 to compete in May Bumps. M3 will be racing the Getting-On race.


If you are interested in following the 2020 Lent Bumps we will be posting updates on our social media on Facebook and Instagram

Additionally CamFM always cover the Bumps competitions with slightly chaotic live commentary with their brave reporters navigating a towpath full of screaming and whistling bank parties.

Provisional racing schedule for M1, W1 and M2



Tuesday (25/2)

Wednesday (26/2) 

Thursday (27/2)

Friday (28/2)

Saturday (29/2)



















*should M1 or M2 go up a Division they will potentially sandwich (row two Divisions) on these days.