After a week of very variable and unsettled weather the May races were brought
to a conclusion yesterday evening. There was an immense attendance, both the
towing-path and the barges being inconveniently crowded, and a most enthusiastic
reception was accorded
Brasenose on returning to their barge, this being the
third year they have left off head of the river. The first seven boats
maintained their positions unchanged throughout the racing, and the most
successful boat has been
Pembroke, who, with a fine powerful crew, made five
Exeter gained four places and
University two; but as regard bumps the
racing has on the whole bee somewhat uninteresting.
The Second division started at half-past 4 in the following order :—
St. Mary Hall,
Merton, who had previously bumped
Corpus, held their own without much trouble
and accordingly left off Sandwich boat,
Corpus, on the other hand, had a hard
race throughout with
Queen's, and the latter only missed bumping them by a
quarter of a length.
Trinity were once more on the down lines but the
reached the Worcester barge before
University compelled them to give in.
St. Catherine's drew on to
Worcester, who however always had half a length the
best of it, and
Wadham, after getting with a quarter of a length of
finished three parts of a length in the rear.
Lincoln again rowed a good race with
Oriel but with no better results and
St. Mary Hall brought up the rear.
The First Division order of starting was as follows :—
Brasenose went off in capital form and rowing at high
easily held their own; a length and a quarter separating them at the finish.
Magdalen, who changed their stroke, were also a good
distance behind New,
despite the fact that they rowed a much faster stroke, and
followed two lengths in the rear of the latter.
St. John's gained very much on
Christ Church, and a capital race was witnessed
Pembroke, although no bumps took place.