Torpids 1999 saw an event not seen since
1969: the top
crew was bumped down a place
[in fact it seems 1970 was the last time].
Head of the River since
1972 (save a technical bump in
change in situation stands as testimony to the speed and commitment of
Pembroke, undoubtedly the fastest boat on the river.
Other noteworthy crews were
Exeter, who moved up three places to fourth;
St Catz, who won blades in moving up to tenth;
Merton, who moved up five places to the foot of the
first division; and
L.M.H., who moved up five places to third in the
second division, and will be looking to break into the first division next
Univ had a bad Torpids: the first crew went down
eleven places to ninth in the second division and the second crew fell nine
places. The crew with the biggest fall this year, however, was
Worcester II, who slumped fourteen places.
The women's divisions saw
Osler defend their crown with ease, with a lead of at
least five lengths each day.
Pembroke, emulating their men, won blades, moving up
from tenth to fifth.
Somerville moved up five places to seventh;
Merton had an equally large move, to tenth.
Trinity had the ignominy of being the least successful
senior crew, falling eleven places.