This year's class races are to be the first public test of the new rowing system as applied to the various crews in the University, and will be of unusual interest for several reason. In the first place the class crews are generally believed to average faster and generally better than ever before, and are so evenly matched that the race is sure to be close and hard. Moreover, this is the first year in which there has been enough interest in rowing to support second class crews or Weld crews and there has been much attention given to their progress and plenty of interest taken in their contest. In addition the work of the Senior crew, in comparison with that of the other crews, will be closely watched on account of the methods used in training. Ninety-seven has been coached in watermanship by a professional oarsman (who has, contrary to the general supposition, given his services free of charge), has adopted a somewhat shorter and faster stroke than that taught by Mr. Lehmann, and has gone through an unusually hard course of training for a class crew. If the crew wins, it will probably result in changing, to a certain extent, the work of class crews in the future.
It is certainly a sign of a good healthy activity in rowing to see sculling races and races between Weld crews as well as the class crews, and to see enough undergraduate interest to need three tugs to follow the races instead of the usual one.