River frozen from Gut downwards the week before the races. Heavy snow during the first day of the races, followed by thaw and a great flood.
Second day: Lincoln stopped thinking they had made a bump.
Fifth day: The lowest boat started at the Isis Tavern, as the towing-path was washed away near the lasher.
The Oxford University torpid races began to-day under most unusual conditions as regards the weather. During the morning snow again fell for some hours, and at the time that the races began a gusty south-westerly wind, accompanied by heavy rain, prevailed. In spite of this, however, a considerable number of undergraduates followed the crews upon the towing-path. So boisterous was the wind that it was found necessary to hoist the foul weather flag.
[Div I] At the outset New College gained rapidly upon Balliol, and secured the headship near the Free Water Stone.
In striking contrast to the weather of the previous day there was bright sunshine at Oxford yesterday, and the rapid thaw combined with the heavy downpour of rain caused a remarkable rise in the river, the towing path being submerged in several places. There was a much larger attendance both on the barges and on the banks.
[Div III]... Keble 2 were compelled to lower their colours to Wadham soon after passing the Free Water Stone. This bump cause considerable excitement, as at the time Wadham achieved their object they were overlapped by Lincoln, who, however, were hampered by the boats in front of them, and Jesus were enabled to row by and this regain the position which they had lost to Lincoln the previous day.
Although the weather on Saturday was fine when the Torpids were continued, the water had risen to a great height, owing to the rapid thaw and heavy rain, and a very strong stream interfered considerably with the crews.
[Div I] During the race the stroke over the leading boat unfortunately borke the blade of his oar, but in spite of this New College steadily increased their lead and finished nearly 100 yards in front.
A considerable further downpour of rain during Monday night caused a rise in the floods at Oxford yesterday, and, as a portion of the towing-path between the Isis Hotel and the Lasher at Iffley had been swept away, the boats were compelled to start two distances higher.
The weather on the concluding day of the races was beautifully fine, but, owing to a further rise in the flood water over the towing path, the boats were accompanied by only a few of their partisans on the bank...
The results of the racing show that Exeter have been the most successful boat, having made six bumps.
|B:||Viscount Tiverton||11st 5½lb|
|2:||V. J. Gadban||11st 7½lb|
|3:||E. W. Neel||12st 3lb|
|4:||A. de L. Long||12st 6lb|
|5:||J. Younger||12st 9½lb|
|6:||J. Watts||11st 1½lb|
|7:||W. R. G. Bond||10st 8lb|
|S:||R. Culme Seymour||11st 11½lb|
|C:||L. P. Penny||8st 0lb|
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