In the race between Columbia and Harvard at New London yesterday the Cambridge crew administered a severe defeat to Columbia, winning the race by over twelve lengths in 24 min. 45 sec. Columbia was confident of victory, backing her crew with heavy odds. The fact that Belshaw was slightly ill on the day before the race rather encouraged Columbia, who, however, were very much sobered by the excellent time made by Harvard in a practice pull on Tuesday. The wind early in the morning was light, but just before the start it freshened up, so that the sea was very choppy, which, of course, greatly lowered the time. In the drawing for the courses, Harvard received the west course, the course which she had in last year's Yale race. Columbia took the east course, which is considered some six seconds faster than the other.
The Carrie Goodwin, Columbia's launch, which was used as a referee's boat, reached the start at 10 o'clock. After notifying Columbia to get ready, the launch crossed the river and told the Harvard men to be on the line at 11.15 o'clock promptly. Harvard was delayed a few moments by the breaking of a rowing pin, which had to be repaired, but, after a short delay, pushed off from their float and paddled over to the starting line, where the Columbia crew, being just at hand, soon joined them. Beside the Goodwin, the Cecile of New London, with a party of newspaper men on board, and Harvard's steam launch, the Sixty-seven, with the crew's substitutes, coach and Vice-President Agassiz of the Harvard Boat Club, were near the starting line waiting for the crews.
Harvard took the lead at the start, although rowing a little unevenly at first. She soon settled down and rowed the race in very fine form from start to finish. Perkins set a quick stroke at the beginning and, by the time Harvard reached the first half-mile buoy, she was a good half length ahead, pulling thirty-six strokes to the minute. Harvard kept increasing the lead and, at the end of the first mile, had gained over a length on the Columbia crew. The mile was made in just six minutes. Up to this time both crews rowed in very fine form. Harvard, however, was evidently taking the matter rather easily up to this point. The crimson kept on increasing her lead, reaching the mile-and-a-half buoy in ten minutes and the two-mile in thirteen minutes five seconds, where Columbia was three lengths and twenty seconds behind. Harvard had by this time dropped to thirty-three strokes a minute, which was the lowest she reached during the race. Columbia was rowing twenty-nine strokes.
At this point it was plain that Harvard had the race well in hand and the only question was the distance by which Columbia would be beaten. Harvard gradually increased her lead without the least trouble, as Columbia at this point began to show signs of breaking up. At the two mile and a half flag Harvard led by four lengths, pulling thirty-four strokes. Columbia had by this time increased he stroke to thirty-two. At the end of the third mile Harvard's lead was five lengths, which was increased in the next half mile to seven lengths. In the last half mile Harvard made a strong spurt, increasing her lead by five lengths more and crossing the line twelve lengths ahead of Columbia. Harvard's time was 24 minutes 45 seconds, and Columbia's 25 minutes 55 seconds.
Harvard's form throughout was excellent, Perkins setting a steady and strong stroke to which the crew responded. Columbia's stroke and seven were very much distressed in the last two miles and at the finish were badly winded. What is especially encouraging to Harvard is the fine spurt made in the last half mile, showing that the crew was by no means put to its best efforts. As the water was in such bad condition the time made was very good.
The following men composed the crews :
Name. Age. H't. W't.
W. W. Mumford, bow, '84 21 5.10 169
W. G. Borland, '86 20 6.02 156
J. J. Storrow, '85 19 5.11 1/2 156
C. M. Hammond, captain, '83, 23 6.01 179
E. A. S. Clarke, '84 21 5.11 180
F. L. Sawyer, '83 25 5.09 1/4 166
C. M. Belshaw, '84 22 5.07 3/4 161
R. P. Perkins, stroke, '84 22 5.10 180
S. P. Sawyer, coxswain - - 97
Name. Age. H't. W't.
G. E. Fitzgerald, bow 22 5.08 155
D. E. Reckhart 21 5.11 1/2 185
W. A. Moore 22 5.08 180
D. P. Porter 22 5.09 1/2 190
W. Wheeler 21 6.00 190
A. H. Van Sinderen 23 6.02 1/2 178
H. R. Muller 22 6.00 177
Capt. J. A. B. Cowles, (stroke) 21 5.10 165
J. T. Walker, Jr., coxswain - - 125