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Article dated 5th March 2006 is more factually accurate than article dated 7th March 2006 and contains more information. None of the salient points have been changed - why the revert? R

I can only imagine it's due to someone thinking the stuff about Oriel dominating rowing being unsuitable, but I don't think this is obviously a problem. It should certainly be edited out if it is, rather than reverted out. I'm going to rerevert now. Edd 16:14, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
With two periods of consecutive wins of seven years in Eights (the nearest any other college has got is four), and twenty-five years undefeated in Torpids, I don't think "dominating rowing" is wrong when talking about Oriel, but I'm a bit biased ;) --Alf melmac 18:14, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
criticism fair, but text present beforehand! Edit to dominance of torpids, where Oriel have been head for the last 34 years less twice (one bump, one demotion). I should also get an account... cheers, R

Canceled races[edit]

Hi, Does anybody know why there was no race in 1977, 2000, 2002 and more recently in 2007 ? Ghaag (talk) 13:59, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Bad weather for all I believe.--Alf melmac 14:02, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Yeah the water level of the river was too high. DJR (T) 23:23, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Which crew stops after a bump?[edit]

An editor added a comment to this paragraph that needs addressing by someone who rowed in Torpids more recently than I did which was 0ver 50 years ago:

Crews attempt to progress up their division by hitting ('bumping') the boat in front without being hit by the boat behind, with the ultimate aim of becoming "Head Of The River" i.e. top of the first division. Once a bump has taken place in Torpids, the crew that was hit has to continue racing whilst the bumping crew moves to the side. This can lead to a crew moving down many places during a day's racing. [This must be the wrong way round. I know that in the Cambridge Bumps the bumped boat pulls to the bank and the bumper takes off after the next boat ahead, to try to get an overbump. Been there, done that!] This is the principal difference between Torpids and Summer Eights, where both crews stop racing. --Bduke (Discussion) 22:53, 27 February 2010 (UTC)
I'd already put a note on the editor's talk page:
You said "[This must be the wrong way round. I know that in the Cambridge Bumps the bumped boat pulls to the bank and the bumper takes off after the next boat ahead, to try to get an overbump. Been there, done that!]", but you were wrong in both respects.
In the Torpids the bumping crew does drop out, and a crew can indeed be bumped by a number of crews. See an example of a Torpids bumps chart. In Cambridge (which is where I did my bumps racing) an overbump isn't achieved by a crew which has already made a bump; if you have crews 1, 2, 3, and 4 in sequence, if crew 3 bumps crew 2 they both drop out, and then crew 4 can chase crew 1 for the overbump. Again see an example bumps chart.
Apart from the factual inaccuracy of your contribution, it was in the wrong place, as another editor has pointed out. If you wish to comment on existing content on a Wikipedia page, or to suggest an improvement, the place to do it is on the page's Talk page (see the "discussion" tab at the top of the page).
David Biddulph (talk) 23:08, 27 February 2010 (UTC)