Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Light Blues V. Black Death
HTBS’s Tim Koch writes,
Following the previous day’s race between Oxford and Leander, Sunday 25 March saw Cambridge race Molesey Boat Club (a.k.a. ‘Black Death’). Peter McConnell’s race report is on the Boat Race website. In it he writes:
Racing a crew from Molesey who were 3rd in last week’s Head of the River Race but were defeated in two hard races by Oxford a fortnight ago, it was important for Cambridge to put down an emphatic marker during this fixture.
CUBC bow and 3 on stroke (port side), 2 and 4 on bow (starboard side). See more here.
In a busy race for the umpire, the Light Blues led Molesey by 1 ½ lengths at the St Paul’s School finish (just through Hammersmith Bridge). There followed a second race starting below Chiswick Eyot. At the Boat Race finish near Chiswick Bridge, Molesey won by ¼ length but Cambridge had earlier been obstructed by a cruiser near the Bandstand.
American Jack Lindeman, who once was struck by lightning.
Looking at McConnell’s report for the Molesey–Oxford race two weeks ago it seems that the Dark Blues won by greater margins on that occasion. How much significance can be read into this is debatable.
Thirty miles away, the ‘Henley Boat Races’ were held on the same day. The Heavyweight Women’s Race and Lightweight Men’s Race were won by Cambridge while Oxford’s Lightweight Women and Heavyweight Reserve Women were victorious in their events. Details are here.