Crew: Two Make Ready But One to Go

Most top college crews have a calm, tree-edged river or lake to paddle around in, a well-appointed boathouse to change in, and money from old grads for new equipment. Not so the University of California at Berkeley. One of Coach Jim Lemmon's shells has been around for 29 years and the building his eights call home was built in 1925. His practice course? It would probably be easier to row through Times Square.

Freighters, pleasure boats, barges and tugs wash up wakes like walls in San Francisco Bay's East Oakland estuary, but they are getting used to watching out for...

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