Sport: Rule Britannia

As the racing shells glided to the starting line on the Thames last week, the Cambridge coxswain alerted his crew with the traditional British command: "Come forward . . . Are you ready . . . Paddle!" From the Oxford shell sounded a crisp "Okay, gang, let's go!" For the first time in its 97 years of racing Cambridge, the Oxford crew had a U.S. cox: spectacled, 21-year-old George Alexander Carver (Yale '50).

Coxswain Carver's gang tried hard. But they didn't go very far. The favored Cambridge crew skimmed off to a six-length lead in the first half-mile of the horseshoe-shaped 4¼-mile...

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