March 3: Four bumps were made, when it was discovered that the starting
distance had been shortened as in the Eights. A captains' meeting cancelled
the bumps, and agreed that there should be only five days' racing.
On the first actual day of racing,
Exeter, the head boat.
They were disqualified, however, for dropping their
bung before the start,
and were unable to repeat their bump afterwards.
It was determined to give
up only one Friday this year to the Rifle Corps. Boats during practice
were often unable to go down through floating ice. The crews were blinded
with snow and frozen with cold. Water was over path during races.
Fifth day: The stroke of the
Trinity boat was so disgusted at being bumped,
that he jumped into the water and swam to land, leaving the other seven men
to row the boat up.