The race was conducted on the Upper Yarra on 18th June.
The Grammar crew had trained for a longer period than the College crew but the College crew were heavier. The race was open for both crews to win but a strong finish by Scotch with some final strong strokes got them across the line. There is a dispute as to whether the margin was 2 feet or 5-6 feet. Either way the race was tight.
The winning Scotch coach of the previous year, was this year joined by John Phillips as co-coach.
The time of 8:30 shows that the equipment used, being string-test gigs with fixed seats, were no match for current equipment.
The lithograph on the right provides an impression of river life at that time.
Starter: Mr John C Johnstone
Umpire: Mr S Colles
Judge: Mr T C Hope
Head of the River
Margin: 2 feet
1st Scotch College - Bow: Alexander McArthur, 2: William Oliver, 3: Middleton B McDonald, Str: John Catto, Cox:
Joseph A Nathan, Cchs: John C Johnstone & John W Phillips
2nd Melbourne Grammar School - Bow: H M Strachan, 2: J W C Riddell, 3: J Watson, Str: E A Crawford, Cox: A J Manifold, Cch: not known