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'VARSITY BOAT RACE.

A WIN FOB OXFORD.

CAMBRIDGE' ROWED OUT.

LONDON, April 3

The University boat; race between. Oxford and Cambridge..was ..rowed on the Thames yesterday, from-Putney -to Mortlake, Oxford winning by three lengths. Cambridge, winning the toss, chose the Surrey side of the river, and at Harrdd's soap works Jttad established a lead of half a length. .-.t ,

Oxford then came on again, the boats shooting Hammersmith Bridge on level terms. A, neck-and-neck struggle for flvo minutes followed, ending in Oxford establishing a lead of half-a-length. R. C. Bourne (Oxford) stroked a grand spurt at Barnes' Bridge, and demonstrated that his crew were the better stayers, Cambridge being rowed out. D. C. Stuart (Cambridge) then stroked a plucky spurt, it proving useless, powever, to avert defeat. .

The time was 19m. 50s

The race was instituted 80 years ago, and was repeated at intermittent intervals till 1856, since when it has been an annual event. The course from Putney to Mortlake, is 4J miles long, and the crews have met 66 times, Oxford having 35 wins and Cambridge 30, while once, in 1877, a dead heat was rowed. From 1890 to 1898 Oxford won every year, but since then Cambridge has had a 'very fair innings, and only three times out of the last eleven races, in 1001, 1005, and 1909, have the Oxonians reached Mortlake first. Last year, as this, Cambridge were stroked by Stuart, and he kept his men splendidly together in the tideway, winning by two and a-half lengths in eleven seconds better time than was accomplished on Saturday. When the last mail left the crews, which have since been slightly altered, owing to sickness, were as follows:—

Cambridge: D. C.« R Stuart (Trinity Hall), stroke, list 21b; G. E. Fairburn (Jesus), bow list 12lb; G. L. Thompson (Trinity Hall), 12st 61b; H E Kitchmg (Trinity Hall), 12st 10*lb- E G. Williams (Third Trinity), 13st 41b; J. B. Rosher (First Trinity), 13st 131bE. S. Hornidge (Trinity Hall), I2st 121b; H. E. Swanston (Jesus), 12st 41bG- -D. Compston (Trinity Hall cox, Bst 101b.

Oxford: P. M. Newman (Trinity), bow, lOst 71b; H. R. Barker (Christ Church), list 81b; C. R. Cudmore (Magdalen), list 121b; A. E. Kitchln (St. John's, 12st 13*lb; D. Mackinnon (Masda en), 13st lib; J. A. Gillan (Ma|daen), 13st OJlbj A. G. Kirby (Masda en) 13st 9*lb; R. C. Bourne (Net College) stroke, list lib; A W. Donkin (Magdalen), cox, Bst 111b.

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'VARSITY BOAT RACE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 81, 5 April 1909

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