The Oxford University Torpid races revert this year to six afternoons, instead of four as last year. The races begin to-day.
The weather has of late been troublesome for practice, and one or two boats have been lost because of swollen streams and blustering winds. A change this year is made in the status of trial eights oarsmen. They are now eligible for Torpids in the same way as men of last year's Summer Eights, provided they have not been up for more than five terms and have not rowed in the Blues' crew. As there is no Isis crew this year more experienced oarsmen have been available to coach the Torpid crews. Fifty-one crews are entered, one more than last year.
The first day of the Oxford University Torpid races was held in rough weather, and the conditions were so bad that the course was shortened by approximately 130 years in order to minimize the risk of accidents.
Altogether there were 17 bumps, including one overbump. Magdalen III, who had entered Division 4, smashed their boat on Wednesday and withdrew, and St. John's III, unaware of this, took up their wrong station and were bumped. There is a possibility that the bottom crews in this division will re-row.
More pleasant conditions prevailed for the second day of the Oxford University Torpid races, although there was still a fairly strong head stream. It would seem that New College are likely to retain their position at the Head of the River. They finished more than their starting distance in front of Christ Church. There were altogether 18 bumps including an overbump in Division III. There was also a disputed bump in Divsion III between St. Edmund Hall II and Keble II. In the morning four colleges at the bottom of the river in Division IV re-rowed in consequence of a protest on Thursday, and this resulted in Hertford II bumping Jesus III and St. Catherine's III bumping Oriel III.
The weather was again springlike for the third day's racing of the Oxford Torpids on Saturday and the river had subsided. There were two re-rows in the morning, one in Division II in which Hertford bumped New College II, and the other in Division III in which Keble II and St. Edmund Hall II rowed over. An interesting feature of the racing is the success of the two St. Peter's Hall crews, who have made bumps each night, and if their first crew make a further bump to-day they will find themselves in Division I for the first time. Including the re-rows there were 17 bumps on Saturday. In Division III Oriel II claim an overbump against Christ Church II [?], but this is in dispute.
Conditions were not quite so pleasant for the fourth day of the Oxford University Torpid races yesterday, the oarsmen having to contend against a head wind.
On Saturday, in the Division III race Oriel II claimed and overbump over University II and this the judges allowed. St. Peter's Hall first crew continued their sequence of bumps, and by making two yesterday went up into the first division for the first time since they entered the races in 1929 [? presumably 1930]
There were only 12 bumps, the lowest so far, on the fifth day of the Oxford University Torpid races, the most, four, being in Division I. In Division III on Monday St. Peter's Hall bumped Oriel II, and as they again made a bump yesterday they have gone up each night.
The Oxford University Torpid races were concluded yesterday when New College maintained their position at the head of the river.
It is generally considered that Worcester, who rose six places, were the fastest crew. The two St. Peter's Hall boats each had six bumps. Trinity, who have done so well in the Summer Eights in recent years, had the unfortunate experience of losing five places.
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