First day: New College, in preliminary, ran on a sunken pile, and had to swim ashore, and run up to their barge through the floods. They had only just time to alter the stretchers in their second boat and get down to the race.
A curious incident occurred with Christ Church II, too long for insertion here [see below]
Second day: University fouled their bung, and were bumped by Jesus.
The Christ Church book records the following incident:'The second had a curious adventure. Pembroke (no.10) broke an oar at the start and were run into by Keble above the Green Barge, both crews stopping. Wadham (12) ran into Keble and stopped, apparently thinking that they had made a bump, and our boat (13) rowed by, followed at the regular interval by the Unattached (14) [St Catherine's, formally the Delegacy for Unattached Students]. Pembroke now began to question whether they had been bumped or not, and went off again, reaching the Green Bank two lengths in front of Christ Church II. Here we were gaining on them naturally every stroke, when at their boat-house [presumably the newly-constructed OUBC Boathouse] their stroke jumped overboard, having up to then sat and swung, though he had broken his oar at the start. Notwithstanding this, they came back to us, and were bumped at the Barge, amidst wild excitement. The O.U.B.C. Junto, however, decided that they had been bumped by Keble, and were therefore no prey for us, but that we might have a bump off Wadham, which, however, on our producing the precedent of the Eights of 1864, we were allowed to waive, an attention that Wadham magnanimously declined to accept'.Then comes a noteAfter all our Torpid remains 13 instead of 12, for the president ruled that our wish should be acceded to, and that Wadham should remain 12 malgré lui.This naturally led to a complaint as to the uncertainty of presidents' decisions; it having been ruled in 1883 that Christ Church must lose three places, though both boats wanted the bump to be off, whilst this year Wadham is forced to accept the offer though refusing to do so.
A rule has now been passed that bumps over two places [overbumps] must always stand good. [My interpretation is that this means that Christ Church would have been given the bump on Pembroke]
|B:||L. P. E. Pugh||10st 10lb|
|2:||W. H. Savigny||10st 11lb|
|3:||D. McNeill||11st 8lb|
|4:||J. G. D. Campbell||11st 11lb|
|5:||B. H. Soulsby||12st 9lb|
|6:||S. G. Williams||12st 2lb|
|7:||C. W. Dunne||11st 3lb|
|S:||H. A. Powell||11st 12lb|
|C:||W. H. Ellice||8st 3lb|
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