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The country's most colorful crew race will be held once again this year. William J. Bingham '16, director of athletics announced yesterday that arrangements have been completed for the 81st rowing of the Harvard-Yale water classic June 1 on the Charles River.
Scheduled for 1 3/4 miles, the race will break two precedents, being the shortest course ever traveled by the two eight's, and being the first time that the event was over held on the Charles. Traditionally, the two shells move over a four-mile course on the Thamos River in New London, although the last wartime race in 1942 was a two-mile affair at Derby, Conn.
Yale will be seeking to break a string of seven consecutive Crimson victories, a streak unparalleled in the history of the rivalry. Of the 80 past races, the Crimson has won 41, holding a two race margin over the Blue.
It is expected that Yale will prepare for the Crimson race with a series of intercollegiate meets. The New Haven crew was organized early in April, when the renewal of the classic was first proposed. Confirmation of the arrangements was made here only after the details had been completely set, although the move was entirely expected.
While this meet will be the only intercollegiate race of the year for the Blue crew, inactive since 1942, it will climax a formal schedule of four races for Tom Bolles' charges, who are now priming for their Saturday meeting with Cornell, Princeton, and M.I.T. on the Charles. The race will start at the Cottage Farm Bridge, near the Tech boathouse, and finish on the approaches to the West Boston Bridge off the Community Yacht Club float.
At the same time, the 150 ponders will take on their M.I.T. counterparts and Tabor Academy over a 1 5/16 mile route.
Only one of the Crimson's opponents has been tested so far this season. Rowing against Penn and Rutgers on Lake Carnagie last Saturday, the Princeton varsity eight pulled in a weak third, a full 24 seconds behind her two opponents. The Tiger's Jayvee crew beat out Rutgers for a second in that event while their 150's and Jayvee 150's, unopposed by Rutgers, finished lengths behind the Orange and Black crews.
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