An outing for the all-girl crew of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, who are hoping to qualify for the finals of the Oxford University Summer Eights which take place at the end of the month. It is the first time that women have been permitted to enter the Oxford Eights where boats try to catch and bump the boat in front.Also
Taking the boat out and (below) receiving advice from their coach, Adrian Burns of Keble College.
Women to row in bumping racesby Douglas Calder
For the first time women will be allowed to compete in this year's Oxford Summer eights bumping races. The decision was taken at the annual meeting of the Oxford University Boat Club yesterday.
Oxford have thus followed Cambridge in flouting the rules of the Amateur Rowing Association by permitting women to compete against men.
I gather that at Oxford it will be the various women's colleges who will be producing crews, rather than the University Women's Boat Club, as at Cambridge.
Summer Eights may not take placeBy Douglas Calder
Summer Eights (if the word summer can reasonably be used this year) are due to begin at Oxford today, though there is a chance that they may have to be postponed.
The river is seriously in flood and after yesterday's torrential rain the flood waters will build up more. The Thames Conservancy have already forbidden any movement by motor launches or pleasure steamers and they may decide that it would be unsafe for eights to be on the water. The last word will be with them.
something like 100 yards at each end. At the start the bottom boat in each division is not likely to row below Haystacks Corner. If racing can take place today it might be worthwhile to omit the lower divisions, where the boats are manned for the most part by hearty, but doubtful, oarsmen and steered by obliging, but inexperienced, coxswains.
Should that be necessary it will spoil a historical moment. For the first time the distaff side are being allowed to take their chance in Eights, St. Hilda's being the bottom boat of Division VIII. Even now they may be too lowly placed as, in the getting on races they were faster than the 13 male crews who make up Division IX.
In the difficult conditions luck may play a big part in deciding the placings at the head of affairs. On form, Keble, starting head of the river, should not be hard pressed to stay there. With three Blues and five Isis men in the boat, Keble alone have any pretensions to class. It is certain that to push a boat against the flooding stream will call for strong leg work and St. Edmund Hall, starting second and coached by S. C. Rand, the former Olympic sculler, have made special efforts to develop a strong leg drive.
Crews who have trained to go flat out in the first two minutes (and this may apply to Oriel, who start third) in the hope of making an early bump may find themselves in trouble if the hoped-for bump does not happen. Behind Oriel are Christ Church, who are strong and well together, and when Friday comes they may find themselves chasing Keble for the head of the river.
Keble easily hold their placeby Cedric Venables
The floodwater at Oxford having improved since Tuesday, summer eights were duly begun yesterday. To avoid any danger from Iffley Weir the starting stations were advanced three places for the three leading divisions, and four places for the remainder. But the most satisfactory feature of the afternoon was warm sunshine and not one drop of rain.
Keble had no difficulty in holding their place at the head of the river. At the University Boathouse they were nearly four lengths ahead of St. Edmund Hall and then striking 34 which was their lowest rate over the course. Christ Church should have no difficulty in taking their place behind Keble today. At the top of the Green Bank they caught Oriel who were then only a quarter of a length behind St. Edmund Hall
Over the past few years New College have been steadily improving and 50 strokes were sufficient for them to make a bump on St. John's. Queen's left it a bit late before they decided to catch Brasenose, but they eventually did at the Old Cut.
In division II a slight difference of opinion between Wadham and Pembroke means a re-row between them at 12.30 today. Wadham a made a bump on Pembroke who claimed they had been baulked when Trinity caught St. Edmund Hall II in front of them.
One of the surprises has been the number of crews who seemed to be unable to raise their rate above a hard paddle. Some boats, even when in imminent danger of being bumped, could not rate more than 32 so, almost without a struggle, they succumbed.
Any hope that St. Hilda's, the first women's college to operate in eights, might make a distinguished appearance was soon dispelled as they were caught by Osler House II, a medical boat, near Donnington Bridge after rowing for a minute and a half. Linacre, another new entry, composed of six men and two women graduates, did better with a bump on Hertford IV.
Demotion for St. Hilda's crewBy Cedric Venables
The second day of eights week at Oxford saw Keble have the easiest possible journey at the head of the river. Any fears that they might have had were dispelled when Christ Church caught St. Edmund Hall halfway along the Green Bank.
On the showing of yesterday's racing, today's battle between Keble and Christ Church should be a tense struggle though Keble are probably just the faster crew.
There were one or two exciting races in the first division. At the top of the Green Bank. Lincoln were within a canvas of catching Brasenose and they claimed to have made their bump near the finish. This was, however, disputed by Brasenose and they still have to re-row this morning.
Division III saw a general upheaval and the only boat to go through with nothing to register either way was St. John's [II]
St. Hilda's women's crew may feel that they have been ungallantly treated. Apparently they failed to acknowledge being bumped and as this caused some confusion they have been demoted four places. They will now be starting today well down in the bottom division.
Keble get safley homeBy Douglas Calder
Keble, with their three Blues on board, survived the threat of the week in the Oxford Summer Eights yesterday when they got home more or less safely at the head from Christ Church, but only by three-quarters of a length. The start of the first division was presaged by a menacing thunderclap which symbolized the way in which Christ Church, starting in second place, attacked Keble right from the gun.
Peter Saltmarsh took Keble off at 43 and by the Gut had steadied to 36. This was clearly not enough to dispose of Christ Church and at the bottom of the Green Bank Christ Church, striking 37, had closed to a bare half length. Saltmarsh spurted all the way up the Green Bank taking Keble up to 38, but Christ Church replied and at the Pink Post their frenzied supporters gave them two guns. But Saltmarsh rallied his crew and in the final stretch led them away to finish in the clear.
Having survived Christ Church's challenge yesterday, Keble with their crew must be favourites to remain at the head of the river today. Balliol, with the Blue, David Higgs, at five, made short work of Merton whom they caught in the Gut.
University, however, had to work far harder to defeat the wily coxing of Ashton Culvert, of New College. Having closed steadily all the way up the Green Bank they finally caught New College right in front of their own boathouse.
In divison eight Linacre continued to demonstrate the virtues of co-education by scoring their third success with their mixed crew. The lonely girls of St. Hilda's had no such luck, losing yet another place, this time to St. Peter's IV.
Keble hold on under pressureBy Cedric Venables
Keble kept Head of the River in the summer eights at Oxford, but the race on Saturday showed that Christ Church were the fastest boat on the river.
From the start Christ Church gained on Keble, and halfway up the Green Bank had reduced the lead to half a length. Keble were three-quarters of a length ahead at the University Boat House, but along the wall Christ Church came up fast and Keble scraped home with only a quarter of a length to spare.
|B:||W. N. G. Johnson (Radley)|
|2:||E. T. A. Morahan (Queen's, Belfast)|
|3:||P. Wingfield (Radley)|
|4:||C. E. Day (Yale)|
|5:||J. M. Duncan (Shrewsbury)|
|6:||W. R. C. Lonsdale (Monkton Combe)|
|7:||R. C. D. Reames (Monkton Combe)|
|S:||P. G. Saltmarsh (Shrewsbury)|
|C:||R. P. Lowden (Sedbergh)|
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