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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1937. Volume 8. Number 5.

Rowing. — Outstanding Victory


Outstanding Victory.

Eights, rowed on a two and a half mile course on the Waimnkariri River.

Victoria.—K. W. Barnes (str.), F. G. Bowling (7), R. P. Hansen (6), J. B. Bullock (5). N. M. Rose (4), R. J. McElroy (3), G. C. Broad (2), H. R. Gurge (bow). F. Strafford (cox).

A strong north-west wind and intermittent showers made conditions unpleasant.

The race was timed to start at 3 p.m., but, with the inevitable delay, the crews finally got away up to the starting point about 3.46 p.m. The wind had made the water choppy. Victoria, although drawing No. 4 position, had the best water.

Victoria lost half a length clue to a poor start, but, settling down to their task, gradually overhauled the rest of the field until about one hundred yards before half way, they were on level terms with Canterbury. At half way they held a slight advantage.

At the dend the cox, with a smart turn, gained Victoria half a length before the other crews realised what had happened. Before they could make up the leeway, Bowling, as senior oar in the boat, called for a dozen and the lead was increased to a good length. With the crew rowing like champions, Victoria continued to forge ahead and held a two-length lead when the crews drew in sight of the crowd, though Canterbury reduced the margin by a length, and something to spare, with Otago a length away, third.

Victoria's victory was a meritorious are, for the crew, although containing five regatta oarsmen, also included two novices who had not rowed previous to this season. These two, Rose and McElroy, made no mistakes and are deserving of special commendation for the way in which they stuck to their task. A word of praise is due to the cox, F. Strafford, for his handling of the boat and his smart work at the turn which gave the crew its first encouraging lead.

No boat derived assistance from the course, the race being rowed in slack water with no current, though in the choppy water Victoria seemed more at some than their opponents.

Special mention should be made of the unfavourable training conditions under which our crew laboured. Owing to the unsettled weather during the past season it was necessary to keep a boat both at Petone and Wellington.

The victory was loudly applauded by a delighted band of V.U.C. supporters who saw the race. The crew, we are credibly informed, carried on the thanksgiving far into the night.