Drat. Oxford won. Harrumph. Not enough Hall men in the boat, obviously. Or, perhaps, not enough pumps – there was a bizarre snippet en passant in the ITV commentary, about the Oxford boat having a water pump but the Cambridge one lacking such a device, on account of ‘the design of the boat.’

I’ll be the first to confess how little I know about shell eights, but… what? How does that work, then?

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