Many of you will have heard about the controversy over the result of Women’s Division 1 on Saturday. Pembroke appealed to the race committee that they had bumped Balliol shortly before their 3 girl caught a crab and consequently stopped their boat pretty much dead. Yesterday evening, the race committee decided on the balance of probabilities that Pembroke did in fact bump Balliol. However, we quickly appealed to the Senior Umpires in an attempt to overturn this decision. Please see below a statement issued by the Senior Umpires following our appeal:
“The senior umpires spoke to race committee who confirmed that they were not certain a bump had occurred and that the bump was awarded to Pembroke on the basis of the balance of probabilities. The SUs decided that the race committee has therefore acted incorrectly in their application of B10, going against the established custom and practice of the preceding four days and of previous years, of awarding bumps only when it is certain that they have occurred, primarily based upon a positive report of a bump from one or more umpires in accordance with the terms of B10.1. The SUs are therefore overturning the decision to uphold the Pembroke appeal and bumps for Women’s Division 1 stand as originally announced.
Senior Umpires Lynch Mason, Lenny Martin and Laura Dance were adamant that there was no conflict of interest from Rachel Quarrell being involved since her connection with Balliol is academic and not with the boat club.”