Given the history of the event, it is only appropriate that the report should be provided by the New College Men’s Eight strokeman:
It is my pleasure to round up the results of today’s racing on the Isis. Exactly 100 years after the 1912 Stockholm Olympic sweep eight final between New College, Oxford and Leander (aka Magdalen College, Oxford), two exhibition races were held between NCBC women and men versus their counterparts in MCBC. Congratulations go to New College W1 who stormed to a 2 ½ length victory against Magdalen W1, and commiserations to New College M1, who lost out to Magdalen M1 by the same margin, claiming the silver medal yet again 100 years on (though with less skulduggery on the part of Magdalen this time).
To bury the hatchet, Magdalen were invited over to New College Boathouse to celebrate with champagne and strawberries, and the winning crews were awarded rather fetching chocolate medals.
Many thanks to everyone who came down to support, take part in and help out with the races today – it was not only great fun but marked a key date in our club’s history, and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. I wish you all a pleasant 8th week and a subsequent rowing-filled vacation. I shall leave you with the immortal words of the man who sat in my seat one century ago, Sir Robert Bourne…
…”God Damn Bloody Magdalen”!