had long been the Club's intention to hold an old boy's race against
the School's 1st
So it was that on the Monday evening preceding Henley both crews
were to be found training on the course, and by agreement between
both coaches, the Cardinals Thames VIII lined up against the Oratory
first race was a short sprint to the Quarter Mile off Temple Island.
After a blisteringly quick start from the Oratory (which was later
to prove one of the fastest starts of any British school crew at
Henley), the Cardinals managed to pull back the lead and draw away
to win by ¾ length.
both crews interested in gaining race experience, the coaches decided
to call another race, but this time over the longer distance to
the Barrier. The race pattern was similar, with the School eight
fastest off the stake boats but putting in a much tighter challenge.
The Cardinals finally pulled through to hold 1½ lengths.
It is very much hoped that this will become an annual fixture.