• Short Summary

    ALTHOUGH BRITAIN'S TRADITIONAL BOAT-RACE BETWEEN OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY CREWS IS NOT UNTIL APRIL 7, THE STRUGGLE FOR SUPREMACY IS ALREADY ON.

  • Description

    ALTHOUGH BRITAIN'S TRADITIONAL BOAT-RACE BETWEEN OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY CREWS IS NOT UNTIL APRIL 7, THE STRUGGLE FOR SUPREMACY IS ALREADY ON.THIS TORPEDO-SHAPED BOAT, BEING BUILT AT DONORATICO, ITALY, JANUARY 31, IS PART OF A REVOLUTIONARY PLAN BY OXFORD - WHO SUFFERED AN EXHAUSTED DEFEAT IN 1961 - TO WIN THE MARATHON BATTLE OF THE RIVER THAMES THIS YEAR.

    THE OPINION OF OXFORD'S CHANCES WITH THE BOAT WERE SUMMED UP BY THE CAMBRIDGE PRESIDENT ROGER NICHOLSON: "IT WILL SINK BEFORE THEY REACH MORTLAKE.IT WILL GO DOWN WITH ALL HANDS.I KNOW THE TYPE OF CRAFT THEY ARE HAVING - IT'S JUST NOT BUILT FOR THE UNPREDICTABLE WATERS OF THE TIDEWAY IN THE EARLY SPRING.IT IS VERY LOW IN THE WATER.AND I'M GLAD THEY ARE GOING TOUUSE IT".

    CAMBRIDGE IS NOT GOING TO BE OUTDONE BY OXFORD'S ITALIAN "TORPEDO-BOAT" PLAN; THEY HAVE STARTLED OBSERVERS BY INTRODUCING A DIFFERENT TRAINING TECHNIQUE.INSTEAD OF THE EIGHT ROWING WITH BLADES ALTERNATING ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BOAT, NUMBERS 3 AND 4 BOTH ROW ON THE PORT SIDE, AND NUMBERS 5 AND 6 ON THE STARBOARD SIDE.THE OTHER FOUR KEEP THEIR NORMAL SIDES.ITALY'S CREW EMPLOYED THE SAME TECHNIQUE WHEN WINNING THE EUROPEAN TITLE LAST YEAR.

    FOR THE RECORD: OXFORD WON IN 1959 BY 6 LENGTHS.THEY WON AGAIN THE FOLLOWING YEAR BY 1 1/4 LENGTHS.IN 1961 CAMBRIDGE EASILY WON BY 4 1/4 LENGTHS.

    IN 1951 THE OXFORD BOAT SANK WITH ALL HANDS...

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9LLXRTHF55ADG6SOO2BD6OULC
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LLXRTHF55ADG6SOO2BD6OULC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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