The 151st meeting of the Harvard and Yale heavyweight crews, affectionately known as "the Race," (at least by the two schools), was held on Saturday June 11 on Connecticut's Thames River under what was characterized as nothing less than "biblical conditions."
Rowing into a steady 20-25 knot headwind with a following current, and with pumps running in both boats, all went relatively well for both crews until just before the half-mile mark, when the Harvard shell was hit with successive waves that swamped, and all but sank, the boat, leading the referee to raise the red flag. Fortunately, all aboard were rescued. However, in the midst of the ensuing confusion, it was not clear whether the race had actually been called, so the Yale crew, in an abundance of caution, continued to complete the race, thereby defeating Harvard for the second straight year. The race was eventually ruled a no contest. Notwithstanding the official results, I am sure that there is no doubt in the Yale boathouse that Yale handily defeated Harvard in "the Race" for the second year in a row.