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OxBump IconOxBump is the essential app for the Oxford college rowing community. Whether you are a rower, cox, coach, spectator, fan, or alum, OxBump delivers the information you need. Rowers, coxes, and coaches rely on instant-access OURCs flag status, weather conditions, and river rules. Coaches and spectators alike use the moving map to track boats on the water. And everyone loves watching live and historical bumps results for Torpids and Summer Eights.

OxBump is free on the iOS App Store and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and is free on the Play Store for all Android devices. For those of you with other devices, the OxBump mobile website is available at oxbump.feathersquare.com. This version is still in beta testing, and more details are available here.

Conditions Screenshot

River Conditions

The river conditions page is the heart of the OxBump app for rowers, coaches, and coxes. It quickly displays the current OURCs flag status, an indicator of river safety. It also features current weather observations and the latest tweets from OURCs.

Tapping the weather observations shows a three-day forecast — vital for determining whether it will be “gilet weather” this week.

Tapping the latest OURCs tweet reveals a timeline of recent tweets — an excellent way to follow minute-by-minute bumps action!

If you need a refresher on safety rules, tapping on a flag will display the coxing, spinning, and crew restrictions associated with that flag status.

Historical Bumps Screenshot

Live and Historical Bumps

A highlight of OxBump for spectators and fans, the live bumps views provides up-to-the-minute results during Torpids and Summer Eights as entered by race desk officials. The historical bumps views put today’s bumps race in context, and show you the epic journeys undertaken by clubs over recent decades.

Live and historical bumps are presented in an easy-to-follow format, with instantly recognizable college icons soaring through the triumphs and tribulations of bumps races. Tapping on an icon displays the boat’s name and highlights its journey through the years.

The bumps charts scroll and zoom naturally, and historical bumps charts are stored offline, so you can brag about your “blades” years whether you have an internet connection or not.

Blade Colours Screenshot

Blades Chart

Whether you are a first-time spectator, a seasoned veteran who is a bit put off by these new-fangled “vanity blades”, or a supporter trying to decipher the pictures your rowing friends are posting on their preferred social network, OxBump‘s Blade Colours Chart will eliminate any doubt about the target of your cheers or jeers.

The Blade Colours Chart features every boat club currently active in Torpids and Summer Eights. Primary blades and the “vanity blades” that some clubs bestow upon certain crews appear in turn, so no longer will Oriel’s tortoise blades or Wolfson’s St. Cross blades throw you off your stride. Bumps chart icons are displayed here as well, to emphasize the concordance between blade and icon and remind you of who to look for on the charts!

Erg Recorder Screenshot

Erg Recorder

For the hundreds of college rowers who are more familiar with their erg buddies than their tutors, OxBump‘s erg recorder is one of its most popular features.

The easy-to-use recorder allows you to enter as much or as little information as you’d like about each workout: time, distance, split, rate, and text note. The erg recorder also has full interval support. Workouts are stored locally on your phone, and can be amended or deleted at any time.

You can e-mail individual workouts or your whole record to yourself or your coach. The e-mail contains not only easily-readable text within the message body, but also an attached .csv file that can be opened by any spreadsheet software, so you can track your progress over time.

River Restrictions Screenshot

Many More

Although these are OxBump‘s most popular features, there are many more that our users find extremely helpful every day!

Not sure whether your college is allowed a second boat on the water on a Saturday morning in Trinity term? The River Restrictions view distils the often-confusing OURCs rules on river openings down to a simple list of restrictions.

The EA Stream Information view provides instant access to stream warnings and river level as reported by the Environment Agency. This information is especially critical during holiday periods when the OURCs flag is not being maintained, or when trying to predict what the flag status will be over coming days. This view also has a quick link to call the Iffley Lock keeper, satisfying the requirement for bank riders under amber flag.

And of course, we endeavour to add more features with every release!

Compatible with iPad

Since version 2.0, OxBump is a universal app, compatible with the iPad, the iPhone 5, and the latest iPod Touch models. So if you want to track your Boat Club’s victory on the big screen, look no further!

OxBump iPad

Download Now – Free!

OxBump is available for free on the iOS App Store. Just click here and try it out yourself! We’re sure you’ll love it, but if you have any questions or suggestions for the next version, don’t hesitate to get in touch by e-mailing us at: oxbump.support@feathersquare.com.


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