Emmanuel Boat Club
(often colloquially referred to as Emma
) is the rowing
club for members of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
. The men's 1st VIII has stayed largely in the first division of the Lent
and May Bumps
for the last half-century, but fell as low as 21st in the May Bumps in the 1930s, and has been as low as 28th in the Lent Bumps towards the end of the 19th century.
In the Lent Bumps, Emmanuel men gained the headship in 1930, and although they reached 1st position in 2001, they were not awarded the headship, since the last two days of the races were not completed due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease
in the United Kingdom. In the men's May Bumps, Emmanuel gained the headship in 2001, bumping Caius
on the second day.
The women's side of the club have been extremely successful in recent years, gaining the headship of the Lent Bumps 11 times (the first in 1988 and latest in 2009) − more than any other women's boatclub, and the headship of the May Bumps 4 times (the first in 1995). Emmanuel's 1st women's VIII never dropped out of the top 3 positions between 1988 and 2005 in the Lent Bumps and never dropped out of the top 2 places between 1994 and 2004 in the May Bumps.