Yesterday afternoon the practice race which had been arranged with the Bowdoin crew was rowed over the two mile course used in the class races. The day was wet and cold and a stiff easterly breeze caused very bad water on the exposed stretches. At 4.40 p. m. the two crews succeeded in getting into satisfactory positions and Mr. Richards the referee gave the word to start. Both crews caught the water almost at the same moment, and Bowdoin started off with 40 strokes to the minute, Harvard rowing 36. The difference between the two styles of rowing was very marked from the start. The Bowdoin men made no attempt to keep their backs straight but caught the water with a jerk without regard to form. The boat kept her keel owing to the rapid strokes but stopped every time the slides were rushed back. Harvard went away in good form, recovering slowly and keeping the boat fairly steady. On the stretch to the Harvard bridge the race was about even although Harvard began to forge slowly ahead. Just before the bridge was reached Bowdoin spurted, running the stroke up to 45 and gained a lead of a few feet. As the boats passed underneath Harvard spurted and got a lead of about half a length. On the stretch to the Union Boat House Harvard gradually increased this lead until toward the finish they ran the stroke up to 38 and crossed the line with three lengths of open water between them and Bowdoin.
On the last quarter mile the Bowdoin crew presented a remarkable sight, each man appearing to row without regard for the other seven and all slogging. On the last mile Harvard, on the other hand, got well together and exhibited remarkably smooth blade work. The only fault of the crew as a whole seemed to be a lack of drive with the legs.
The Harvard coxswain steered a wretched race, narrowly escaping a foul with Bowdoin above the bridge and swerving in widely from the course on the home stretch.
On the Union Boat Club float neither crew seemed badly used up, and Harvard after a few minutes wait rowed briskly back to the boat house. As the tug which was to have taken the Bowdoin men aboard and to have followed the race did not turn up, the Harvard launch carried the referee and went over the course alone.
A large number of spectators were assembled on the wall at the finish and cheered the Harvard crew as they crossed the line.
D. F. J. Jones '92, was judge at the finish.
The crews rowed as follows:
Stroke, Perkins '91, age 21, weight 168, height 6.
7, Kelton '93, age 29, weight 193, height 6.
6, Vail '93, age 21, weight 180, height 6.
5, Cummings '93, age 20, weight 180, height 6.2.
4, Lynam M. S., age 25, weight 167, height 5.11.
3, Rantoul '92, age 20, weight 168, height 5.11 1-2.
2, Power '92, age 22, weight 165, Bow, Newell '94, age 20, weight 168, height 5.8.