As the executive committee of the Boat Club will soon meet to fix the date of next spring's race, we wish to call their attention to the advisability of having the race a week or two earlier than heretofore. There is no reason why this should not be done. The three upper classes having old and experienced men in their boats can easily get down to their best form by the first of May, while the freshmen show by their present superiority over all former freshmen crews at this time of the year, that with a like improvement for the rest of the winter and spring, they will be in excellent condition to row the race at the proposed date.
There are several reasons why the date should be changed. In the first place the race as now rowed is apt to come close upon the annual examinations, as was shown by last year's experience. In the next place experience for the last three years at least has shown that good weather can not be counted upon nor hardly expected about the middle of May. Again, training becomes very irksome when continued too far into the summer, especially when the men know that lost time must be made up by excessive grinding. Finally, it would be better for the freshmen crew to have the race earlier, so as not to break in upon their training for their more important contest-their race with Columbia.
We hope that the executive committee will carefully consider these points, as many class crew men are seriously inconvenienced by the usual date of the race and would gladly welcome a change.