The Torpids were begun yesterday with 39 crews competing in three Divisions. Although the wind was keen, there was little of it, and it was fine overhead with a rather sluggish stream running.
The racing was not exciting for those who watched above the Boathouse. In all 13 bumps were made. Magdalen held their own at the head of the river without being extended and look like retaining their position throughout the week. Wadham, who started next to them, fell an easy prey to Worcester, and Corpus, Oriel, and St. John's were all bumped. Balliol II., who bumped St. John's, thus won their way out of the Second Division, and may before long row just behind their first crew, who are only two places ahead.
In the Third Division, in which Jesus remained at the top, there was the unusual incident of an overbump, as Balliol III. were well clear of Exeter II., who were bumped by St. John's II. in the Gut. Balliol fell away completely along the Green Bank and, failing to recover, were bumped just before reaching the Cherwell, by Magdalen II., with whom they have now to change place. There were a series of disasters further behind, as several of the crews were not in position when the gun was fired, and Oriel II. went across the river and lost their place to Merton II. Magdalen III. rowed past Queen's II. before they could get started.
Delightful weather again favoured the Torpid Races at Oxford yesterday, but things were not quite so pleasant from the rowing point of view, as the crews had to contend with a fairly strong head wind over the greater part of the course. Bumps were again plentiful, no fewer than 15 being made in the three divisions.
The disputed bump between Exeter and Brasenose was adjudicated on by the Committee, whose decision was in favour of Brasenose, and, after hearing evidence with regard to the start in the Third Division, the five boats concerned Oriel II., Merton II., Queen's II., Christ Church II., and Magdalen III. were ordered to row again in the morning. As a result Queen's II. succeeded in gaining a place at the expense of Christ Church II. in Iffley Reach.
The Torpid Races have seldom been rowed in worse conditions than was the case on Saturday, a light fall of snow during the early part of the afternoon being followed by a thick blizzard when the First Division rowed up.
Thirteen bumps were recorded in the three divisions, and again Magdalen maintained their position at the Head of the River without extending themselves. Each of the Balliol crews once more made a bump in the First Division, and will probably go up still farther. St. Edmund Hall bumped Merton in the First Division, and Magdalen II. entered the Second Division by bumping University College II., whose first crew, however, bumped Wadham in the First Division.
Magdalen Paddle Over
The Torpid races were continued at Oxford yesterday in greatly improved weather, and what wind there was blew across the river. Magdalen paddled over to retain the Headship of the River and the two Balliol crews for the third afternoon in succession each gained a bump, their first crew bumping Keble and their second crew bumping Corpus.
The fifth day's racing again provided 13 bumps, five each in the First and Second Divisions. It was again bitterly cold, with a strong north-easterly wind. Just before the First Division rowed up there was a snowstorm.
Magdalen again paddled up head of the division, and, although they had Christ Church behind them this time, they finished farther ahead than on any previous day. University College, as was expected, overtook Worcester, being hotly pursued by New College, who were well within their distance when University College made their bump. As usual, the two Balliol crews each met with a further success, the first crew catching Wadham and the second Keble. The second crew will thus be prevented from trying to catch the first. The second crew accomplished quite an unusual performance, as they gained a place over Keble without actually making a bump. Balliol II. were pressing hard coming out of the Gut and Keble were steering across the stream. The Balliol cox slipped along under the Willows and they rowed past, which is equivalent to a bump. St. Edmund Hall again improved their position, and Merton got out of the Second Division with a bump over Oriel in Iffley Reach.
The Torpid Races were brought to a conclusion yesterday in fine but bitterly cold weather with a strong north-easterly wind blowing down-stream. The racing was prolific in bumps, and no fewer than 80 were made during the week. This rather indicates that there was an unusual number of moderate crews.
Magdalen, who started Head of the River, maintained their position thoughout without the slightest difficulty, and must have been several lengths faster than any other crew. They were stroked by an oarsman from Bishop's Stortford, a school that has not often been associated with Oxford rowing, and included two Americans from West Point Military Academy, New York. Their second crew, which had an Etonian at stroke, was also very fast, and achieved a remarkable success, as, thanks to an overbump on the first day, they were able to finish up with a record of eight bumps for the six days' racing. It is quite probable that they might have claimed further victims if time had permitted.
Balliol was another college that met with marked success. While their first crew made four bumps, their second eclipsed this with six, and a great deal of interest would have been taken in a race between the two crews, but unfortunately another boat always intervened. St. Edmund Hall eclipsed all their previous performances on the river by making no fewer than four bumps in the First Division, with a record of six altogether. Queen's also did remarkably well, their first crew gaining five places and their second four. Pembroke had five bumps the their credit.
On the other hand some crews had a bitter experience. The Wadham First and Second crews lost a place each day, and Corpus and Oriel also failed to row through any afternoon.
|B:||W. J. Fletcher-Campbell (Radley)|
|2:||W. Whipple (West Point Academy, U.S.A.)|
|3:||J. C. McC. Fisher (Eton)|
|4:||C. A. M. M. Macdonald (Winchester)|
|5:||R. B. Black (West Point Academy, U.S.A.)|
|6:||L. B. Sackville-West (Winchester)|
|7:||T. T. Irvine (Shrewsbury)|
|S:||W. Hughes (Bishop's Stortford)|
|C:||H. J. Haldane (Winchester)|
|B:||J. H. Tonwsend (Winchester)|
|2:||L. H. P. Van der Goes (Uppingham)|
|3:||E. J. S. Clarke (Ipswich G.S.)|
|4:||R. G. Etherington-Smith (Downside)|
|5:||M. J. Morris (Eton)|
|6:||P. H. Macmillan (Eton)|
|7:||R. M. Beck (Radley)|
|S:||F. O. Green-Wilkinson (Eton)|
|C:||J. S. Watt (Shrewsbury)|
|St Edmund Hall|
|B:||W. Wallace (Mill Hill)|
|2:||S. E. Bradshaw (Repton)|
|3:||P. Witherington (Lancing)|
|4:||P. H. Rogers (King's, Brentwood)|
|5:||L. W. Kennan (King's, Canterbury)|
|6:||P. N. Longridge (Clifton)|
|7:||D. J. A. Lobb (Merchant Taylors)|
|S:||K. M. Sciortino (Cheltenham)|
|C:||S. G. Rees (Peter Simon's School, Winchester)|
|B:||M. C. Goodall (Uppingham)|
|2:||O. S. Bell (Sedburgh)|
|3:||V. C. Lusk (Winchester)|
|4:||V. F. Bourdillion (Gresham's)|
|5:||G. E. Allison (Sherborne)|
|6:||A. M. Daeth (Rugby)|
|7:||B. T. Porter (Clifton)|
|S:||O. E. Phillips (King's, Parramatta)|
|C:||L. H. Hopkins (Queensland)|
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