The Oxford University Torpid Races were begun yesterday in bleak weather.
A bitterly cold and strong wind blew from the West, with bursts of heavy rain.
The entries were larger than on any previous occasion, 45 crews competing
as against 39 last year, and for the first time a Fourth Division was added.
An innovation was the appointment of four umpires on horseback to accompany
the racing, so that in the event of protests and objections, which have been
very frequent of late years, the O.U.B.C. will be able to secure independent
evidence in dealing with them.
[Div I] Keble, however, just succeed in making their bump [on Worcester]
before coming through the Gut, Corpus being right on to them at the time.
As a consequence Corpus were unable to get clear, and Merton rowed past them.
Merton completed the course with Oriel following a quarter of a length behind,
but according to the rules Merton can claim a bump.