Great interest was taken in the contest fo the head of the river, it being well known that New College possessed an exceptionally good crew and were likley to deprive Magdalen of the coveted position. Both crews went off at a fast stroke, and near the Long Bridges, amid the most intense excitement, New College were successful in overhauling the leading boat.
In the second division and exciting incident occurred, through Queen's, after bumping Christ Church, failing to draw out of the course. The results was that four of the boats became mixed together, and one of them, St John's, was so damaged that it sank and the crew had to swim to the banks. ... Queen's ran into Christ Church at the Weir's-bridge ... Meanwhile, the Queen's boat was impeding the course, and, although Oriel managed to pass by rowing round, Jesus were unable to do so, and were caught by Wadham, who were immediately run into by St. John's with such force that the bows of the boat were smashed in, and the craft sank, but not before they were in turn overtaken by St. Catherine's.
A captains meeting decided with regard to the incident on Saturday, in which several of the boats of the second division were concerned, that the Jesus boat was in fault. A fine was accordingly inflicted, and Wadham and St. Catherine's each went up a place through running into Jesus and St. John's respectively.
[on Monday's racing] Jesus again got into difficulties through the boat in front of them blocking the way. St. Catherine's were ignorant of what had taken place, and, being pressed by St. John's, rowed past Jesus. This is reckoned as a bump, but St. Catherine's went on and had a sharp struggle with St. John's and reached the post only a couple of years to the good.
In the six nights's racing the most successful boat has been Exeter, with five bumps... Brasenose have gone down six places.The article lists the members of the New College head crew
|2:||Mr. H. Henniker Heaton|
|4:||Mr. V. Gadban|
|5:||Mr. J. Younger|
|6:||Mr. A. De L. Long|
|7:||Mr. W. R. G. Bond|
|S:||Mr. R. Culme-Seymour|
|C:||Mr. L. P. Penny|
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