Men will suffer most from a start at noonBy a Special Correspondent
Oxford University's summer eights starts today with eight men's divisions instead of the usual nine. The reduction has been caused by the proctors persisting with the rule imposed for Torpids in February that no racing will be permitted before noon, and to even matters out the men are the sufferers this time.
The race committee has made a big change involving Oriel's leading women's crew, which made four bumps in the third division last year. It is a fast crew and, to avoid the process of bumping its way up, the organisers have speeded it up by moving it up a complete division.
The crew, which performed well at Wallingford, start fourth in the women's second division and have every possibility of reaching the top division by Saturday.
Oriel move back to head of riverOriel returned to the top of the men's first division on the opening day of the Oxford University summer eights yesterday.
Pembroke made further progress in the men's and women's first divisions on the second day of the Oxford University summer eights.
In the men's race yesterday, Pembroke caught University, and the women also made a second bump, catching Osler House.
All of Magdalen's men's boats moved up yesterday in the Oxford University Eights week and the first eight made its fourth bump in three nights.
Philip Ingram, rowing at No.3 in the Linacre crew, had moved his wedding forward six hours to avoid clashing with his race. His eight was replete with "just married" signs.
Oriel finished head of the four-day Oxford University summer eights which attracted a huge crowd on both sides of the river on Saturday (a Special Correspondent writes).
Deposed by University two years ago, Oriel had to overcome a determined challenge by Pembroke, who moved up to second place after bumping Christ Church and University on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the women's top division, Somerville were never challenged. If they can show the same determination off the river in not allowing men to gain admission to the college, the supremacy could be maintained long into the Nineties.
The article also includes a complete bumps chart.
Somerville and Oriel in chargeOriel and Somerville finished as head crews in the men's and women's divisions of Oxford University summer eights.
Knocked off the top two years ago by University, Oriel bumped them on the opening day and then held off a determined challenge from Pembroke.
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