Yale University won their second successive Harvard-Yale race, on the 151st staging of the collegiate rowing event. The east-coast institution, who finished second at the IRA State Championships last weekend, were helped by Harvard’s sinking after around a mile of the course, but the bulldogs had already established a relatively comfortable lead.
Conditions made racing tricky, with swells and rough water causing both crews trouble in the opening stages. The Harvard crew looked to be taking on considerable water and eventually came unstuck, sinking around the mile mark.
Officials declared the race a ‘no-contest’, with talks afoot of re-staging the event. Yale consider the race a victory though, with stroke man Nate Goodman acknowledging the win.
“It wasn’t much of a race,” he explained. “I think we would have liked to have a bit more of a race, but a win’s a win.”
Yale coach Steve Gladstone said: “I think it’s important to know the referee asks both crews are they prepared to race, do they want to race?” Yale coach Steve Gladstone said, prior to finding out the race’s outcome was in question. “Both crews responded they did want to race. It was very challenging conditions and both boats had pumps, bailing pumps in the boats. I was watching it, Harvard was having a difficult time with the water.”