On the River Thames at Wallingford - halfway between Oxford and Reading - members of the Oxford Varsity team were training, Jan 12, for this year's Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, the 107th staging of the internationally known rowing event.
SLV. Crews move along ramp to board the "Leviathan".
SV. Prepare to take seats on punt.
SV. Ease off from bank.
MV.PAN. Crew in position with coach addressing.
CU. Start rowing.
GV. Down centre of boat as crew row.
CU. Member of crew.
GV. From bank of craft moving.
MV. One crew on side of craft PAN to other crew.
MV. Craft under bridge.
ELEVATED VIEW. Craft from bridge.
SV. Rear view of crew pulling - bridge in BG.
MV. Coach instructing.
SLV. Rear view of craft from bank.
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Background: On the River Thames at Wallingford - halfway between Oxford and Reading - members of the Oxford Varsity team were training, Jan 12, for this year's Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, the 107th staging of the internationally known rowing event.
Group Captain H.R.A. Edwards was there to coach them, assisted by Mr. L.A.F. Stokes. Oxford's two provisional eights - including cox Dominic Harrod; president Ian Elliott who was with last year's winning team and has taken part in the Olympic Games; and the "Yankee at Oxford", Frank Gignac from Pennsylvania - set out for practice in their new training tug "Leviathan". The flat punt accommodates eight rowers on either side, giving the two pre-selection teams, whose best men will contend the Race for Oxford, a chance to train together.
This year's Boat Race will be held on April 1, when eight men selected on both sides will row the 4 1/2 miles from Putney Bridge to Mortlake. Cambridge have so far scored 54 victories, Oxford only 44 but they were the winners in the last three years and are hopeful of repeating their success. Apart from these 98 straight wins, there has been one dead heat, in 1877, and although the Races have been numbered all the way through, reaching 107 this year, there have been suspensions during the First and Second World Wars.