Harvard's varsity crew redeemed its poor showing at Henley Yesterday with a stirring half-length triumph over some of the best ws in the world in Switzerland's Lucerne Regatta.
Neither Vesper's Olympic Champion crew, which beat Harvard at Henley a week ago, nor Germany's Ratzeburg boat, which that Vesper in the finals, rowed at Lucerne. But the crews Harvard t were the best of the rest, and included the top boats form four curtain countries.
The Crimson won by half a length over Yugoslavia's crew; Harvard and the Yugoslavs had won the two heats Saturday in approximately equal times and had been co-favorites yesterday. Harvard's winning time of 5:55.2 was 11 seconds better than the heat times.
Understroking the Yugoslavs for much of the race, the Crimson stepped up the pace to 40 as the boats reached the 1600-meter mark 400 meters from home. They opened up a gap of more than a length, and withstood a power burst at 44 by the Yugoslavs with 200 meters to go.
The crowd of 30,000 was strongly partisan, cheering the Harvard boat on all the way, just as they had in the heats.