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AQUATIC.

On the way up the river offers of "an even tenner Kemp goes down " showed that the New Zealander was the favorite. The tide was a dying ebb, and the wind being somewhat behind the men, the time consequently should be fast. Kemp was the first afloat, coming out from Jordan's shed at Ryde wharf while Stephenson got adrift from Rodd's wharf under the bridge. When they took up their positions Stephenson was on the southern shore, Kemp being midstream ; the latter had gone back in the bettiDg to C to 4 against. There was considerable way on tho boats when they started. Kemp got away the best by nearly half a stroke, and he rattled out over forty strokes, going away at a pace seldom seen in a race over three and a-quarter miles. Stephenson seemed a bit astonished at the pace, but opened out and went after Kemp, who made a great mistake in going off at such a rate. That he was in excellent condition his subsequent pulling down the river showed. After leaving the start 200 yds behind Stephenson get up level, and a great race took place, both men pulling all they knew. Nearing Uhr Point Stephenson went into the lead, and he made it a good length as they passed the point. The men now went well into midstream, getting the benefit of the tide. Stephenson's pulling was very uneven, while Kemp was much more uniform, though his strokes were getting light, a sure sign he was tiring. The mile beacon was reached in smin 43sec. Some idea of the pace is given by comparing the mile with Searlo's races : Searle v. Wulf, mile, smin 55sec; Searle v. Stansbury, smin 43scc ; Searle v. Nelson, 6min. The two latter were rowed on a similar tide to that of yesterday. After leaving the mile Kemp fell back to three lengths astern, Stephenson pulling thirty-three to the minute. Putney was passed in 9min 4sec, and Kemp then tried again and brought Stephenson back a length, but the effort was too much, and ho let Stephenson alono for the remainder of the journey. At Cabarita Stephenson was rowing thirty-two and Kemp one better. The watch showed 15min 47sec at Gladesville Wharf. Kemp was now completely rowed out, and Stephenson appeared little better. When the flag went down Stephenson was ahead four lengths, the time being 20min 24isec. This time compares very favorably with the test races held on the river. The Searle v. Wulf race, 2lmin 25|sec; Searle v. Stansbury, 20min 52Jsec; Searle v. Nelson, 21min 34jsec ; and Stansbury v. Wulf, 20min 50sec—' Sydney Telegraph.'

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AQUATIC., Evening Star, Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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AQUATIC. Evening Star, Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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