1890. On the fourth night, during the absence of Tims, for the first time for twenty-one years, the starter's watch went wrong, and the third gun was fired two minutes too soon. In consequence of this a complication arose between Hertford, Keble, and Corpus. The committee, on appeal, came to the illogical decision that the race had been duly started, but that the three boats must race again. This Hertford refused to do, and Keble and Corpus withdrawing their claims, the boats started in the same order the next night. To avoid disputes as to the meaning of the starting rule for the future, and old clause was reinserted, 'that after the third gun the race shall always be held to have begun.'
These races were brought to a conclusion yesterday evening, after one of the most successful weeks of racing experienced.
The Second Division, at half-past 4, started in the following order:— Queen's, Merton, Pembroke, Exeter, Worcester, Oriel, University, St Catherine's, Wadham, Lincoln, Jesus, St. Edmund Hall.
Queen's again held their own against Merton, and thus left off head of the Second Division. Ther latter also kept well away from Pembroke, but a clinking race was witnessed between Exeter and Worcester. The latter, who have mode four bumps during the series, failed to gain during the first half of the course, and although they came up rapidly at the finish, Exeter held their own to the end and finished with an advantage of two yards. Oriel stood no chance with University, who have the best record of the race with five bumps, and succumbed before reaching the Freewater Stone. St Catherine's finished a length in front of Wadham, the others being some distance apart.
First Division.— Order of starting: — Brasenose, New, Magdalen, Christ Church, St John's, Balliol, Hertford, Keble, Corpus, Trinity, Queen's.
Brasenose, rowing up in fine style, easily maintained the supremacy of the First Division, and were enthusiastically received on returning to the raft, this being the second year they have left off head of the river. New had some difficulty to escape Magdalen, who have improved greatly, and only a length separated them at the finish. Christ Church and St. John's also rowed in some distance apart, and it will be seen that the first five boats in the First Division all finished in the order in which the started at the commencement of the racing. Balliol got within half a length of St. John's, and the same distance divided Hertford and Keble, the boats coming in some lengths apart.
|B:||F. L. L. Puxley||9st 10lb|
|2:||C. H. R. Horwood||11st 12lb|
|3:||C. H. Hodgson||10st 8lb|
|4:||J. Hallward||12st 1lb|
|5:||W. A. Leith||12st 10lb|
|6:||J. A. Ford||11st 5lb|
|7:||F. Wilkinson||13st 8lb|
|S:||W. C. Kent||10st 10lb|
|C:||Ll. S. Williams||8st 0lb|
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